Major in Biology Secondary Education
Share your passion for the human and natural world with students in grades 7-12 when you major in Biology Secondary Education.
This program provides a strong background in the biological sciences, while simultaneously fulfilling the requirements for a secondary education teaching certification. You’ll develop fundamental knowledge of biology and lab work to make you marketable after graduation, and you will be prepared in classroom management and best practices, as well as complete class observations and a student teaching semester.
Classes for Biology Secondary Education Majors
Throughout the program, you will take both basic and advanced Biology classes, as well as courses in Chemistry and Physics. Your education courses will also make up a large part of this program, providing you with the theories and skills needed in the classroom. Some of the classes that you will take include:
- BIO 112 – Principles of Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity of Life
- BIO 324 – General Physiology
- CH 105 – NPS Fundamentals of Chemistry: Introduction to Molecular Science
- ED 151 – Early Adolescent/Adolescent Development
- ED 341 – ELL: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
- SED 212 – Learning Environment and Social Interaction in Inclusive Settings
- ED 105 - Foundations of Teaching and Learning
- ED 161 - Integrated Technology I
- ED 305 – Methods of Secondary Science Education
To meet the education certification standards, you will also take additional classes in English and Math before your student teaching semester. Find out more about the Biology Secondary Education (B.S.). Additional requirements can also be found at the Elizabethtown Department of Education page.
Prepare For Your Teaching Career
Students in the Biology Secondary Education major graduate with extensive knowledge and a degree in Biology, as well as a Pennsylvania teaching certificate that allows you to teach 7-12 grades in 45 other reciprocal states.
You will learn how to integrate technology into your classroom, as well as various types of teaching methodologies for you to determine your teaching style. Your hands-on experience in rural, suburban and urban schools will see you creating lesson plans, learning from other teachers and building the confidence to manage your own students.
Should you ever decide that you would like to transition out of a career in teaching, this major provides you with the flexibility and same career opportunities in the field as holders of a Bachelor of Science in Biology.