for Arizona Teachers
Biology Lesson Plans
Description of Recommended
The Graduate Advisor (Dr. Lisa Elfring) helps students
during their first year. Thereafter, advising is shared by Dr. Elfring,
your Thesis Supervisor and your Supervisory Committee. You must maintain
an overall B (3.0) average to remain in good standing; failure to do so
could result in dismissal from the program.During the summer of the first year:
- Take three required core courses and one elective.
- Choose your research advisor.
During the subsequent Fall and/or Spring semesters, you will:
- organize your Thesis Supervisory Committee so that
this group can help you choose and prepare for the research project.
- in Spring take Independent Study 1 (BIOC 799, 1u) with
Dr. Lisa Elfring as follow-up on Secondary Biology Lab Curricula. The
objective is to discuss your experiences implementing the materials
and/or teaching approaches. The discussions take place via e-mail so
you will not need to come to campus.
- During one 8-week summer session: take 4 units of Research
- During the subsequent Fall or Spring semester: take
During one 8-week summer session:
- complete your research project while taking 2 units
of research (BIOC 900).
- take BIOC 643a Biology Lesson Unit Development
- begin organizing and writing thesis introduction, methods
During the subsequent Spring semester:
- take Independent Study 2 (BIOC 699, 1u) with Dr. Lisa
Elfring. The objective is to field test your lesson and discuss your
experiences. Discussions are held via e-mail.
During Summer Session I:
- Take 1 unit of Workshop Development & Presentation
(BIOC 691a). Your objective is to hold workshops to share something
you have learned with other teachers. Your workshop may focus on the
lesson you have developed or pre-existing exemplary curricula, or a
pedagogical method. The workshops must provide attending teachers with
a reasonable background and experience on the topic (8 hrs or more).
Workshops may be taught by more than 1 person, as long as there is focus
on a particular theme. However, each person must provide at least 8
hours of workshop experience. Please note that the workshops may be
taught during the summer or during the regular school year (Fall or
Spring), after lessons have been classroom tested and revised. Register
for BIOC 691a in the same semester you present your workshop.
- Take 2 units of Thesis (BIOC 910). During
this time, you will finish writing your thesis.
During Summer Session II, you will:
- Take an elective.
- Defend your thesis.
During the subsequent Fall semester, you will:
- Take 1 unit of Thesis (BIOC 910).
- Officially graduate*
*While your thesis is written and defended during the
summer, your degree will be awarded in the Fall semester due to Graduate
College deadlines. You must register for at least 1 unit during the semester
in which you graduate.
Note: If you prefer, you may take longer to complete degree
requirements. There is limited flexibility in the recommended schedule.
Consult Lisa Elfring. Note the Graduate College's rule that all master's
degrees must be completed within 6 years.
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