Secondary Education Minor in Biology/Life Science (Licensure and Non-Licensure Options)

Biology is a challenging program that is designed to enhance a student’s knowledge and skills not only in biology itself but in related sciences and the mathematics needed to be successful as a scientist / educator. Small classes and labs give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with our faculty and truly develop their skills.

If you are interested in teaching Biology and Life Sciences at the secondary level, you can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Life Science with a concentration in Life Science Secondary Education. This concentration includes an education minor leading to teaching licensure, and requires completion of the Foundational Core, 52 semester hours in the subject matter concentration and cross-discipline requirements. Courses include Environmental Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, and Genetics to name a few. The Secondary Education Licensure portion includes 36 credit-hours of education focused courses. Some of these include: Teaching Methods, Classroom Management, Cultural Competency, and Developmental Psychology. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years. The licensure track also includes the passing of state exams, student teaching, and recommendation by Oakland City University’s School of Education.

If you are not interested in the licensure track, you can pursue the Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Life Science Secondary Education. This concentration includes an education minor requiring 25 credit hours of professional education courses including Classroom management, Exceptional Children, Development Psychology, and Science Teaching Methods. State testing and student teaching are not required since this is a non-licensure track. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years, combining the university’s Foundational Core, content courses, education courses, and electives as needed.

Both the licensure and non-licensure concentrations are nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Biology, including these education concentrations, please visit the Biology program's webpage.