Teach Life Science

Teach Life Science

Grades 9 - 12

Biology majors seeking licensure as secondary (grades 9-12) (for grades 5-12 see below) life science teachers must declare secondary education as a licensure and complete the courses listed below. These requirements are set up to satisfy both a major in biology and the content standards for 9-12 Life Science licensure.

Required Science Courses for Licensure

  • BIOL 1210 General Biology I
  • CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
  • BIOL 1220 General Biology II
  • CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II
  • BIOL 2800 Cell Biology
  • Statistics (MATH 1110, PSYC 2050, or ECON 2200)
  • BIOL 2900 Genetics
  • BIOL 3100 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 3120 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 3140 Comparative Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 3210 Biology of Microorganisms
  • BIOL 3300 Evolutionary Biology

Additional Courses Required for the Biology Major

  • CHEM 2010 Organic Chemistry I 
  • BIOL 4910 Research
  • BIOL 4850W Senior Seminar

Recommended Science Courses

  • BIOL 3050 Ecology
  • BIOL 3200 Animal Behavior or BIOL 3850 Biopsychology

Required Education courses

  • EDUC 2070W Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society
  • EDUC 2090 General Methods: Secondary and K-12
  • EDUC 2490 School Health and Chemical Health
  • EDUC 3550 Literacy in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 3650 Current Issues in Education
  • EDUC 375X Special Methods: Senior High
  • EDUC 395X Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary

Required Supporting courses

  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology
  • PSYC 2020 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Grades 5 - 12

Biology majors seeking licensure as secondary (grades 5-12) life science teachers must declare secondary education as a licensure and complete the following courses in addition to the courses for 9-12 licensure:

Additional Required Science Courses

  • PHYS 104 Astronomy
  • one course in geology

Additional Required Education Courses

  • EDUC 374X Special Methods: Middle School
  • EDUC 391X Student Teaching and Seminar: Middle School