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. In the past, this list also included multidisciplinary courses that required course validity forms. Due to changes in the NYSED regulations, Stony Brook no longer validates these courses and cannot include them in the recommended course list.
You may request review of any course that is not on this list.
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.
Courses Requiring Course Validity Forms
SPD will cease to supply course validity forms for the courses below after December 30, 2013. If a student completed one of these courses prior to this date, SPD will complete said form on their behalf. However, final determination in each case is incumbent upon a decision by the Office of Teaching Initiatives after course review.
CEA 529 Music and the Brain
CEB 533 The Science and Romance of Wine
CEB 545 The Nature of Science
Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 11/22/13.
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. (SPD’s Non-matriculating [non-degree] Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.