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According to NYSED, acceptable studies for certification in biology (grades 7-12) include courses in scientific methods, cell biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, comparative anatomy, genetics and evolution, biological diversity, human biology, and ecology. Courses in nutrition are acceptable only if they are in cell nutrition.

Stony Brook University has determined that the following recommended courses meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Courses with certain departmental subject codes (e.g., BIO) may also be valid for the content area.

Recommended Courses

CEB 505 History of the Long Island Environment
CEB 546/BIO 511 Current Topics in Biotechnology
CEB 547/BIO 520 Current Topics in Genetics and Molecular Biology
CEB 548/BIO 515 Current Topics in Microbiology
CEB 553/BIO 558 Biology and Human Social and Sexual Behavior*
CEB 554 Current Topics in Immunology
CEB 556 Ecology
CEB 557 Forensic Science (requires permission of instructor to enroll)
CEB 559 Modern Topics in Evolution*
CEB 563 Darwin in the 21st Century
CEB 586 Differentiated Instruction in Science and Math

*Denotes course that is regularly offered online.

Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 1/30/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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