1.& 2 - The two main paths for LIFE SCIENCE TEACHING
1. Primary Education (teaching grade school)
You will major in Elementary Education. You would also seek a minor in one of the three concentrations listed below. Your adviser would be in the education department. The three concentrations, and the required biology courses that fit each of the three concentrations, are listed below. The required courses are enough credit hours to fulfill the requirement for a minor
2. Secondary Education (middle school and high school)
The Life Science Teaching track gives the science courses needed to teach Life Science in Middle & High School. You take the Biology major, Biology-Chemistry group-major or Chemistry with a minor in Biology. Whether you take the Biology major, Biology-Chemistry group-major or Chemistry with a minor in Biology you must minor in education taking the courses for a secondary education minor. This program of study coupled with Core 6 covers all six areas required by the state of Indiana (Cells, Heredity, Evolution, Biological Organization, Animal Behavior, Interdependence of Organisms) for a license to teach Life Science at the middle school, junior high and high school levels.
To see the requirements for majoring in Biology or Biology-Chemistry, click here. This gives you the overall requirements for the majors in Biology. For the Life Science Teaching track be sure you take the following distribution of biology courses:
A. at least 21 credit hours of Biology (fulfills a biology minor or can be part of the credits needed for a biology or biology-chemistry major)
B. you must have 8 credits of Bio 111-112: "General Biology"
C. You will also take at least 13 credit hours of Biology electives distributed as follows:
1. 3-4 credit hours from cellular-subcellular level course listed below:
Bio 121: Anatomy & Physiology I 3 credit hrs.
Bio 323: Intro Microbiology 4credit hrs.
Bio 327: Human Medical Physiology 4credit hrs.
Bio 337: Genetics 4credit hrs.
Bio 343: Cellular & Molecular Biology 3credit hrs.
Bio 345: Histology 3 credit hrs.
Bio/Chm 379: Biochemistry 4credit hrs.
2. 3-4 credit hours from an organismal level course listed below:
Bio 122: Anatomy & Physiology II 3
Bio 218: Intro Forensic Science 3
Bio 220: Amphibian Research 1-3
Bio 225: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
Bio 231: Entomology 3
Bio 232: Invertebrate Zoology 3
Bio 234: Herpetology 3
Bio 236: Ornithology & Mammalogy 3
Bio 346: Animal Behavior 3
3. 3-4 credit hours from the population level course listed below:
Bio 233: Ecology 3
Bio 246: Environmental research
Bio 479: Conservation Restoration Ecology
If for Elementary education the 21 biology credit hours listed above fulfill the requirements for a biology minor for elementary education majors.
A. For primary education, your primary adviser will be in the education department. You would also have an adviser in the Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science Department.
B. For secondary education, your primary adviser will be in the Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science Department. You would also have an adviser in the education department.