Biology with a view to Education – Field of study catalogue MU
Biology with a view to Education
“Biology under the school lens”
The study programme is a part of a double-subject programme and constitutes the first level of the university studies leading to a teaching qualification for secondary schools. The goal of the study is to provide general knowledge and give a good orientation in both study branches together with the basics of pedagogy and psychology. It should prepare graduates for the follow-up Master's study programme of Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in Biology.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- apply the knowledge and skills from basic biological sciences
- determine and identify typical plants and animals of the Czech Republic
- work in a biological laboratory
- design and conduct biological experiments
- apply the knowledge of nature conservation of a particular area in teaching
Graduates can use their skills in various positions in basic and applied research, such as laboratories. Although they are not fully qualified for teaching, they can prepare special activities and seminars at primary and secondary schools (e.g. seminars for gifted students, preparation for the Olympiads and different competitions, or for entrance exams to higher education institutions). They can also get involved in the popularization of biology. Graduates can pursue their studies in the follow-up Master's study programme – to become fully qualified teachers of biology at secondary schools.
The standard duration of the Bachelor's study programme, full-time study mode, double-subject, is six semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must complete all the required or selective courses and obtain a total of 180 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses altogether.
During their studies, students should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation. They can access these documents through the faculty website.
The final state examination consists of two separately rated parts: 1) the defence of the Bachelor's thesis with a minimum length of thirty pages of written text; 2) a written examination in biology assessing the student's knowledge of the basic biological disciplines. More information about graduation requirements can be found on the department's website: http://botzool.sci.muni.cz/studyrequirements/szz_biologie_ucitelska_bc.pdf
After the successful completion of the Bachelor's study programme, students can pursue their studies in any Master's study programme (after satisfying the admission requirements). At the Faculty of Science of MU – to become fully qualified teachers of biology at the secondary schools, students can apply for admission to an Upper-secondary teacher-training follow-up Master's degree programme in Biology – Ecological and Evolutionary Biology.