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Biological Sciences: Biology Teaching

Biological Sciences, BS, Concentration: Biology Teaching

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Program Intro

The Bachelor of Science in Biology Secondary Education, managed in conjunction with the School of Education and Counseling, aims to provide secondary education teachers with the content knowledge needed to help shape tomorrow’s future. Graduates of this program will go on to influence future generations in Indiana and beyond.

Department of Biological Sciences

There is a great need for teachers in the STEM areas.  Our comprehensive program, accredited by the state of Indiana, provides students with a solid background in biology.  The program also builds additional skills needed by biology educators such as critical thinking, effective communication and use of modern teaching methods.

Curriculum Overview

This program includes biological sciences required courses, biology elective courses, education required courses and additional course work in math and sciences. Students  take the Indiana content test in Biology and the pedagogy area assessment for secondary education licensure. Students also do supervised teaching.

Develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in biology and learn essential lab skills.

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  • BIOL 10200 – Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 24300 – Introductory Cell Biology
  • BIOL 24400 – Genetics

Continue to complete required core in biology. Take EDPS courses such as Diversity and Education and Psychology of Learning.

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  • EDCI 49700 – Supervised Teaching
  • EDPS 22000 – Psychology Of Learning
  • EDPS 26000 – Introduction To Special Education

Build oral and written communication skills in upper-level biology courses. Advance to higher-level courses in education theory and practice.

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  • EDCI 30900 – Reading In Middle And Secondary Schools: Methods And Problems
  • EDCI 34600 – Strategies Of Science Instruction In Senior High, Junior High And Middle Schools
  • EDCI 35500 – Teaching And Learning K-12 Classroom

Complete Biology Requirements and education core.   Conduct supervised teaching.

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  • BIOL 51605 – Environmental Microbiology
  • BIOL 51801 – Biology Ethical Frontiers
  • BIOL 52500 – Principles Of Neurobiology


Students will explore biology courses in a broad range of subdisciplines. The biology department offers small class sizes that promote active learning and flexibility in your course selection.

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Graduates will be fully prepared in biology content and teaching methods to excel in their career.

Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, pursue internships and join student clubs and organizations.

Career Paths

  • Secondary Biology Teacher
  • Science Writers
  • Curriculum Coordinators


  • Lake Central
  • Griffith High School
  • Highland High School


The Biological Sciences Secondary Teaching concentration is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education, in accordance with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards used in the School of Education and Counseling.

Meet The Faculty

J. Curtis Creighton, Ph.D.

J. Curtis Creighton, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Research in my lab addresses questions related to the evolution of behavior. Specifically, I combine both laboratory and field experiments to test hypotheses related to how the social environment influences life history evolution.

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D.

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolutionary history of mammals, focusing on early Cenozoic taxa. Study areas for these forms are phylogenetics, locomotor evolution and the evolution of the carnivoran brain.

Feng-Song Wang, Ph.D.

Feng-Song Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Directed growth cone movement, mainly an actin-based cell motility, guides the pathfinding of a growing neurite during the formation of nervous system.

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