The need for STEM professionals extends to teachers, and demand continues to grow in public and private schools across the nation. This program prepares you for a career as a life science teacher for grades 7-12 by providing a comprehensive overview of living organisms from the molecular level through life cycles, adaptations and complex ecosystems. After graduation, you'll have the privilege of sharing your knowledge in the classroom with your students. The next generation of STEM innovation and discovery is in your hands.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 4 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 120 hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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A degree in biological sciences with a secondary certification will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Go from basic to advanced knowledge of biological molecules, cells, genetics, regulation, structure/function, environmental interaction and adaptation, evolution, and ecosystems.
  • Appreciate the scope, unity and diversity of life in the biosphere, including the classification of plants, animals and microbes.
  • Utilize the scientific method and other problem-solving skills needed in scientific inquiry and the laboratory environment.
  • Propose, perform and decipher research with new field technologies.
  • Encourage student engagement by learning new techniques and skills to apply in the classroom.


As a biological sciences-secondary certification student, you will be able to channel your knowledge directly into a classroom environment with a required residency at a public school. Learn not only from faculty and staff but also from real teachers and their students.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Life Science Teacher
Middle School Teacher

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Experience the Classroom firsthand

Work under the guidance of teaching professionals with our field-based, residency program. As a biological sciences with teaching emphasis student, you’ll have the opportunity to intern at a local high school during your final year. You’ll gain confidence in the classroom and acquire the skills needed for first-year teaching. As part of your degree program, you will receive course credit for this internship. In addition to the classroom experience, some of our students have participated in industry internships.

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What You Will Learn

This program will prepare you to teach life sciences to middle school and high school students and provide you with a comprehensive overview of biological sciences through coursework, labs, research and in-classroom teaching experience.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses include Introductory Biology, General Physiology, and General and Quantitative Chemistry
  • Core courses include Cell Biology, Genetics, Applied Microbiology, Ecology and Biology for school teachers

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Student Organizations


The LeoTeach Student Organization aims to unite future STEM teachers on campus and to support their journey to the classroom. With a goal of improving educational standards, you will be given opportunities to promote STEM education at STEM events and conferences on and off campus, as well as build relationships with current and future teachers in the same field.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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  • Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 903.886.5378
  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011



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