This 31-credit major, combined with courses in the education department, can certify you to teach biology in the secondary setting. The National Science Teachers Association recommends that to prepare for teaching in biology, you should study zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry, and evolution. A minor in physical science is recommended.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(31 semester hours)

Cognates

(22-28 semetser hours)

    • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
    • One from:
    • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in Natural Sciences
    • SCES-314 Integration Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Science Teachers
    • MATH-145 Biostatistics

Student teaching information

A directed-teaching internship in biology is available only during the spring semester. Prior to the teaching internship, the Biology Department must approve student teachers. Approval criteria may be found in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook, available in the Education Department.

The advisor for the biology teaching major and minor programs is Curtis Blankespoor

How to choose your concentration 

Programs of concentration should be chosen on the basis of current guidelines established by the National Science Teachers Association. The NSTA guidelines recommend study in zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry, and evolution. A minor in physical science is recommended, and this minor may be constituted of selected cognates.

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