Biology Education

Teacher advising biology student


Program Highlights

Students interested in obtaining Illinois certification to teach science, with a designation in biology for grades nine through twelve, must obtain a B.S. degree in biology and meet the curricular requirements of the secondary education program. Biology majors in secondary education must take courses in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Comparative Anatomy, and
  • Astronomy

Students who complete the requirements for the biology major in the secondary education program will be qualified to teach high school science at the freshman level (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and astronomy) as well as teach upper level biology courses.

Because of its experiential value, the department strongly urges majors in the secondary education program to spend at least one semester as a teaching assistant in a biology laboratory. Students should discuss their teaching plans with advisors in both the biology and education departments.