Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Explore life and prepare for a dual career option as a Biologist and as a secondary science teacher.
Modern biology encompasses the study of all aspects of living systems, from the molecular basis of genetic inheritance to the interactions between organisms and the environment. Our comprehensive curriculum allows you to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree for a career as a Biologist and also prepares you to test for your teacher's certification upon graduation, thus expanding your career options.

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Why Earn a Biology Degree with Teacher Certification?

Undergraduate students have opportunities to investigate topics through hands-on experience.

You can explore a wide variety of areas, such as:

  • Aquatic toxicology
  • Cell biology
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Forensic biology
  • Laboratory techniques used in research
  • Microscopic organisms, such as bacteria
  • Plant and animal structure and function (physiology)
  • Secondary science teaching


Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Basic scientific computational competencies
  • In-depth knowledge of biological sciences
  • Scientific communication and presentation skills
  • Teaching and learning strategies


Biology Degree with Teacher Certification Highlights

The Life Sciences Complex, which has Gold-level LEED certification for sustainability, is a living lab with open research spaces that feature rooftop greenhouses.
Students can join Talon Teach, an organization that offers future teachers a place to network, discuss ideas, and create lasting relationships with each other and the University.
After graduation, Teach North Texas offers professional support and development, networking opportunities, and access to top-of-the-line teaching materials.
Our faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research and have been honored by the American Society for Microbiology, National Academy of Sciences and National Science Foundation, among others.
Our Careers in the Life Sciences includes information about careers choices, career preparation, survival skills, and how to become involved in research labs.
Our collaborative program with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth combines college and medical school if you’re interested in a medical career.

Career Outlook

The Biology program is designed to prepare students for careers in biological sciences and graduate and professional programs, including medical school. As a Biology major, you may qualify for a career in:

  • Environmental management and conservation
  • Government
  • Higher education
  • Industry (biotechnology, pharmaceutical sales or laboratory technician)
  • Research

Through the Teach North Texas program, you will be prepared to test for certification for secondary school teaching as soon as you graduate.

The major can also prepare you to enter a dental, medical or veterinary school or a training program to become a health care professional.

Biology Degree with Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

Bacterial Diversity and Physiology (3 hrs)
Comparative survey of bacteria. Growth, ecology, metabolism, energy transformations, differentiation, and adaptive mechanisms
Genetics (3 hrs)
Genetic structure and inheritance in viruses, bacteria and higher organisms with emphasis on gene biochemistry, Mendelian and population genetics.
Secondary Teacher Education Preparation I and II (3 hrs)
Introduction to mathematics, science and/or computer science teaching as a career. Discussions include standards-based lesson design and various teaching and behavior management strategies. Students teach three-inquiry-based lessons at the elementary level in course one; modify and teach three inquiry-based lessons in their field in a middle school in course two.
Knowing and Learning in Mathematics, Science and Computer Science (3 hrs)
Psychological foundations of learning. Problem solving in mathematics, science and computer science education, including utilization of technology. Principles of expertise and novice understanding of subject matter. Foundations of formative and summative assessment.
Project-Based Instruction in Math, Science and Computer Science (3 hrs)
Advanced principles of delivering effective instruction in various formats. Overview of policy related to mathematics, science and computer science education. Course requires approximately 20 hours of fieldwork in schools. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Biodiversity and Conservation of Animals (3 hrs)
Focuses on basic principles of form, function, evolution, biogeography, and ecology of animals, and modern topics related to the theory and practice of conservation

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