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College of Education and Teacher Education

Biology Teaching

College of Science, Department of Biology

Life sciences teaching or biology education is a major in the College of Science that challenges students with the study of biological organisms in the physical and chemical world so they may inspire students in a science discipline that is experiencing a knowledge explosion. This program of study meets the requirements for certification to teach biology in the secondary schools of Indiana in addition to meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Students pursuing this teaching certification are admitted to the College of Science and work closely with the College of Education to prepare to teach in junior/middle/secondary schools (grades 5-12) by meeting the requirements set by the Teacher Education Council. These requirements are outlined in the Guide to Teacher Preparation and Licensure from the Office of Professional Preparation (OPPL) at www.teach.purdue.edu. Official requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology may be found at www.science.purdue.edu; click on "Undergraduate Programs."

Biology teaching majors are advised that it is wise to select an additional developmental area, such as middle school, and an additional content area, such as physical science or chemistry.

Students seeking specific information and guidance on this major should consult with an academic advisor in the College of Science for the most current information.