Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
Credit Hours:

Research, strong professor-student mentoring, high-quality instruction and professional community service are the foundation of our Biology master’s degree with a concentration in Teaching in the Life Sciences.
The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Biology (Teaching in the Life Sciences) is a 36-hour non-thesis degree for students who have a B.A. or B.S. in a life science and wish initial teacher certification for teaching the life sciences at the secondary level.

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Why Earn a Teaching in the Life Sciences Biology Master's?

We offer opportunities to conduct research in:

  • Aquatic biology
  • Aquatic toxicology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Forensic biology
  • Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology
  • Plant sciences

Our faculty members include internationally renowned researchers who have earned recognition from the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Microbiology, among others.

Marketable Skills
  • Critical evaluation of literature
  • The ability to follow protocols and methodologies
  • Collection and analysis of complex data
  • Understanding of research regulations
  • Working knowledge of biological sub-disciplines

Teaching in the Life Sciences Biology Master's Highlights

This is a 36-hour non-thesis degree for students who have a B.A. or B.S. in a life science and want initial teacher certification for teaching the life sciences at the secondary level.
The Center for Network Neuroscience focuses on in vitro preparations, especially monolayer cultures of mammalian central nervous system cells, and emphasizes research on pattern generation, storage and recognition.
The BioDiscovery Institute (BDI) operates through a pipeline linking sustainable plant production platforms, metabolic engineering and the development of new materials. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of findings and solutions to meet market issues and needs.
The Center for Watershed and Reservoir Assessment and Management conducts research on techniques and best management practices for assessing and managing watersheds and reservoirs, addressing current and emerging problems and issues.
The Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI) houses multidisciplinary research teams that conduct science-based environmental research that provides an understanding of how human actions impact the environment, and then use that knowledge to suggest scientific, engineering, policy and/or educational solutions.
Qualified students are supported through competitive teaching assistantships or research assistantships funded by research grants to faculty members.

Career Outlook

This program prepares graduates to teach at the secondary level, as well as pursue nontraditional educational opportunities, prepare them for Ph.D. programs, or combine their studies with other interests to pursue careers in various industries.

Teaching in the Life Sciences Biology Master's Courses You Could Take

Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling (3 hrs)
Human genetics, including cytogenetics, immunogenetics, population genetics, molecular genetics, human biochemical genetics and genetic counseling
Mammalian Ecology and Evolution (4 hrs)
Mammalogy course with hands-on, laboratory-style format. Emphasis on diversity, morphology, ecological roles and contemporary field and analytical techniques
Everyone Can LearnApplying Theory to Teaching Practice (3 hrs)
Processes of learning and development related to teaching in diverse EC-12 school settings. Cognitive, social, physical and moral development research is presented, and practical examples applied to teaching practice are demonstrated
Curriculum Development for Culturally Diverse Learners (3 hrs)
Knowledge and skills required for the development and organization of curriculum and instructional strategies in diverse EC-12 classrooms. Topics include philosophy and principles of multicultural education; racial and cultural influences on education; Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills; alignment of district, state and national curriculum standards; standardized testing; impact of teaching and learning on instruction and assessment; alternative assessment theories; and the relationship of instruction to classroom management
Maintaining Classroom Discipline (3 hrs)
Models and procedures for classroom management and discipline, as well as techniques for motivating and instructing diverse student populations. Human relations strategies are discussed in great detail and methods for increasing parental involvement are also addressed
Tracing Darwin’s Path (3 hrs)
Annual in-depth field course that explores sub-Antarctic biota, geography, history, cultures and ecosystems of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, integrating ecological science and field environmental ethics approaches to the study and conservation of biocultural diversity

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