Secondary: Life Science

Secondary: Life Science

This content area is designed for those looking to teach students in grades 9–12 in the life sciences.

The course sequence consists of two education courses and nine undergraduate courses in biology.

You must complete all required courses in your content area prior to beginning the master’s-level course sequence. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor a course sequence to fit your individual needs.

To add the middle-level (grades 5–8) science endorsement, an additional five courses in other natural sciences are required.


  • EDUC 7742: Special Methods: Middle-Level Science
  • EDUC 7752: Special Methods: Senior High Science

Life Science

  • BIOL 1710: Foundations of Biology I
  • BIOL 1720: Foundations of Biology II
  • BIOL 2200: Introduction to Microbiology (4) OR BIOL 3210: Biology of Microorganisms
  • BIOL 2710: Foundations of Biology III
  • BIOL 3100: Plant Biology
  • BIOL 3120: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 3140: Comparative Animal Physiology

Middle-level Science

  • CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 1040: Astronomy
  • PHYS 1080: Physics for the Health Sciences I
  • PHYS 1090: Physics for the Health Sciences II

Courses numbered below 5000 are undergraduate courses; courses 5000 and above are graduate courses. For detailed course descriptions, visit the Graduate Academic Catalog or the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.