AYA Life/Biology-Chemistry Licensure, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Adolescent to Young Adult Life/Biology-Chemistry Licensure (Grades 7-12) (530505BA)

More on the Adolescent to Young Adult Life/Biology-Chemistry Licensure major

This program prepares teachers of grades seven to twelve for licensure in Biology and Chemistry in the State of Ohio. 

School of Education Admission Requirements For Those Persons Seeking State of Ohio Licensure

All students must complete the following requirements for admission:

  1. School of Education Application for Admission. Responses to the questions on the application will help School of Education advisors offer the most effective and efficient advisement. It will also help advisors know students as individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. Applications are available online at: http://www.uakron.edu/education/academic-programs/how-to-apply.dot.
  2. Intercollege Transfer (Undergraduate students only). Those students enrolled in another college wishing to complete degree requirements in the School of Education should see their advisor to initiate an intercollege transfer to the School of Education. Those students may not access School of Education core courses prior to admission. Students planning to complete teacher education as part of their degree requirements in another college need not complete an ICT.
  3. Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better overall and 2.5 or better overall in prerequisite credit hours from specific courses identified by the School.
  4. Evidence of competency in reading comprehension and writing as demonstrated by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of B or higher in a course that meets the University's General Education English Composition I requirement.
  5. Evidence of competency in mathematics as shown by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of B or better in a minimum of 3 credits of mathematics that meets the University's General Education mathematics requirement.
  6. Signed Criminal Background Check Acknowledgment Form

The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education
Zook Hall, Room 002
Akron, Ohio 44325-4201
(330) 972-7750

The following information has official approval of The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. 



General Education Requirements *26
Professional Education Requirements for Undergraduate Science Students39
Content Requirements for Life/Biology-Chemistry Licensure Students74-75
Total Hours139-140

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Analytic Geometry-Calculus I
Analytic Geometry-Calculus II
Basic Statistics
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Microbiology
Introductory Human Physiology
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
Introductory Physical Geology
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II
Elementary Classical Physics I
and Elementary Classical Physics II
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Professional Education Requirements for Undergraduate Science Students 1

EDFN:200Introduction to Education3
EDFN:220Educational Psychology3
EDIS:225Introduction to Exceptionalities3
EDSE:100Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs0
EDCI:308Instructional Design and Assessment6
EDSE:315Introduction to Science Teaching in Secondary Schools3
EDSE:405Secondary Science Instructional Techniques3
EDSE:415Clinical Teaching I - Secondary Science3
EDCI:440Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSE:421Instructional Techniques in Secondary Education - II3
EDSE:431Clinical Teaching II3
EDSE:495Student Teaching: Secondary Education 26
Total Hours39

At least 39 credit hours with a grade of C or better and a GPA of 2.5 or better.


All students must submit an application to student teaching, and pass OAE Content tests. Planned teaching experience in schools selected and supervised by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure experiences. To qualify for student teaching, students must have a 2.5 GPA overall, 2.5 in education classes, and 2.5 in the student’s major, in methods courses, core courses, and in their teaching field(s). Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 100 hours of field experience is also required before student teaching.

Content Requirements for Life/Biology-Chemistry Licensure Students 1

Science Core
BIOL:111Principles of Biology I4
BIOL:112Principles of Biology II4
CHEM:151Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM:152Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM:153Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM:154Qualitative Analysis2
GEOL:101Introductory Physical Geology4
Select one of the following:8
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II
Elementary Classical Physics I
and Elementary Classical Physics II
BIOL:130Principles of Microbiology3-4
or BIOL:331 Microbiology
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I
or BIOL:265 Introductory Human Physiology
BIOL:211General Genetics3
BIOL:217General Ecology3
BIOL:316Evolutionary Biology3
CHEM:263Organic Chemistry Lecture I3
CHEM:265Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM:264Organic Chemistry Lecture II3
CHEM:305Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences4
CHEM:401Biochemistry Lecture I3
CHEM:423Analytical Chemistry I3
MATH:221Analytic Geometry-Calculus I4
MATH:222Analytic Geometry-Calculus II4
STAT:260Basic Statistics3
Total Hours74-75

74-75 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better.


Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL:111 English Composition I 3
BIOL:111 Principles of Biology I 4
CHEM:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MATH:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
Speaking Requirement 3
Spring Semester
ENGL:112 English Composition II 3
BIOL:112 Principles of Biology II 4
CHEM:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM:154 Qualitative Analysis 2
MATH:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL:211 General Genetics 3
CHEM:263 Organic Chemistry Lecture I 3
CHEM:265 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
EDFN:200 Introduction to Education 3
EDFN:220 Educational Psychology 3
EDSE:100 Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs 0
EDIS:225 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
Spring Semester
CHEM:264 Organic Chemistry Lecture II 3
BIOL:217 General Ecology 3
STAT:260 Basic Statistics 3
EDCI:308 Instructional Design and Assessment 6
General Education Arts 3
Summer Semester
Gen Ed Social Science (DD tag) 3
Gen Ed Social Science 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
Principles of Microbiology
or Microbiology
PHYS:261 Physics for Life Sciences I 4
CHEM:305 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences 4
EDCI:440 Literacy in the Content Areas 3
General Education (Complex Systems) 3
Spring Semester
BIOL:316 Evolutionary Biology 3
PHYS:262 Physics for Life Sciences II 4
EDCI:439 Engineering for Educators 3
EDSE:315 Introduction to Science Teaching in Secondary Schools 3
Gen Ed Arts or Humanities 3
Summer Semester
Gen Ed Humanities (GD tag) 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL:200 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIOL:201 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I 1
CHEM:401 Biochemistry Lecture I 3
CHEM:423 Analytical Chemistry I 3
EDSE:405 Secondary Science Instructional Techniques 3
EDSE:415 Clinical Teaching I - Secondary Science 3
Spring Semester
EDSE:421 Instructional Techniques in Secondary Education - II 3
EDSE:495 Student Teaching: Secondary Education 6
EDSE:431 Clinical Teaching II 3
 Total Hours139-140