The Biology Major with Secondary Education Licensure is designed to prepare students to meet the ever-expanding need for qualified science teachers. The major emphasizes communication as well as quantitative and analytical thinking skills. It also fosters in tomorrow's teachers an aesthetic appreciation of the natural world and a deeper understanding of God as He is revealed in his creation. Graduates are eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License at the high school level (grades 9-12). An endorsement in middle grades (5-8) may be added with minimal additional coursework; contact the Division of Education for information.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology Secondary Education will be able to:

  • display thorough content knowledge to teach in their respective fields
  • plan, deliver and assess effective instructional experiences that align with learning standards, educational theory, and knowledge of student development 

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate content area test(s), the teacher performance assessment (edTPA), and all required licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult the Division of Education for specific information.

Optional Additional Endorsement

A candidate may earn the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement (an addition to the teaching license) by completing ED 330, ED 352, ED 353, and ED 354, and passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Testing System exam. Earning this additional endorsement may be a good investment of elective credit hours for interested candidates, since LBS1 is currently a teaching shortage area throughout the state of Illinois. 

Important Note:  Students may not double major in Biology/Secondary Education and Middle Grades Science Education.  The middle grades major is a subset of the Biology/Secondary Education major.

Major requirements total 95 hours. This includes 23 hours of required Biology courses, 8 hours of Biology electives, 20 hours of supplemental courses, and 44 hours of professional education and required supporting courses.

Required Biology Courses
BIO 111General Biology4
BIO 112Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms4
BIO 310Microbiology4
CH 320Biochemistry3
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Elective Biology Courses
Select two of the following:8
Cell and Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology
Supplemental Required Courses
CH 111General Chemistry I4
CH 112General Chemistry II4
CH 203Essentials of Organic Biochemistry4
PHY 111General Physics I4
MA 285XStatistics4
Professional Education Courses
ED 101Introduction to Teaching2
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 240Foundations of Education2
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 306Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 310General Teaching Methods2
ED 311General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience1
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 361Teaching Biology in Secondary School3
ED 368Secondary Methods Pre-clinical Experience2
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 413Clinical Practice in the Secondary School12
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
Total Hours95