Online Biology Degree, B.S. in Secondary Biological Science Education (2023)

Bachelor of Science

Leads to Teacher Licensure

OVERVIEW

An Online Biology Degree that Leads to a Teaching License

Is there a passion for biology heredity, evolution ecology, and how the world around us works in your genes?If you find science interesting, you can help students develop a love for this subject as well! An online biology degree will prepare you to shape minds in the classroom and make a positive impact for students. WGU's online biology teaching degree will give you critical knowledge and skills in general science, advanced biology, and valuable teaching methods that can improve student outcomes. And WGU is proud to support the growth and purpose of STEM by helping over 8,700 students graduate with STEM teaching degrees.This online education degree will prepare you for teacher licensure, and give you critical skills so you can thrive in the classroom.
Note: The specific grade level you will be licensed to teach depends on your state.

63% of students finish within

31 months

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish this teaching bachelor's degree faster.

Flexible Schedule

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,575

Put it together and you'll see that you're in control of the cost of your teaching degree. We charge tuition per-term instead of per-credit. Finish faster, pay less!

On average, students transfer

31 credits

Your associate’s degree or previous college may waive some courses through transfer. We review your transcripts for transfer credits, helping you accelerate this bachelor's degree in education.

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COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Secondary Biology Education Courses

A nationally recognized curriculum designed to help you become a highly qualified science teacher.

Our goal is to ensure that educators are able to become credentialed experts, ready for a teaching license. Earning a bachelor’s degree in teaching biology includes study of biology, heredity, evolution, diversity of life, interdependence of life, ecology, and other topics relevant to middle and high school science curriculums.

This secondary education program was designed (and is regularly updated) with input from the experts on our Education Program Council. These respected authorities know exactly what it takes for a graduate to qualify for a teacher’s license and be successful in a career teaching junior high and high school biology students.Our B.S. in science education is nationally recognized by theNational Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Students will take eight professional core courses that will prepare them to handle unique educational situations and become better teachers. These education courses focus on a variety of important topics including social and emotional learning, and technology and diversity inclusion in the classroom.

Plus, students will get to use augmented reality experiences to give them the opportunity to practice their work before entering the classroom. These eight professional core courses are also coupled with preclinical experience to help ensure teachers are ready for their classroom.

Some of the courses in this program may be waived through transfer from your previous college experience. The rest you will complete one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. This means that you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

The program also includes a home science lab kit. You will be provided with a self-contained laboratory kit—including science equipment, specimens and chemicals—to complete lab experiments at home.

Washington students, please note that you will be required to complete one additional course that is not listed below: Survey of Pacific Northwest History for Educators. View the Washington program guide.

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General Education

English Composition I introduces candidates to the types of writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. Candidates will practice writing in several genres with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. Composition I is a foundational course designed to help candidates prepare for success at the college level. There are no prerequisites for English Composition I.

This course provides further application and analysis of algebraic concepts and functions through mathematical modeling of real-world situations. Topics include: real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of linear equations.

This course provides students with an overview of the basic principles and unifying ideas of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, and earth sciences. Course materials focus on scientific reasoning and practical, everyday applications of physical science concepts to help students integrate conceptual knowledge with practical skills.

This course provides students an introduction to using the scientific method and engaging in scientific research to reach conclusions about the natural world. Students will design and carry out an experiment to investigate a hypothesis by gathering quantitative data. They will also research a specific ecosystem using academic sources and draw conclusions from their findings.

English Composition II introduces candidates to the types of research and writing that are valued in college and beyond. Candidates will practice writing, with emphasis placed on research, writing, and revising an academic argument. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. Composition II is a foundational course designed to help candidates prepare for success at the college level. Composition I is the prerequisite for Composition II.

Applied Probability and Statistics is designed to help students develop competence in the fundamental concepts of basic statistics including: introductory algebra and graphing; descriptive statistics; regression and correlation; and probability. Statistical data and probability are often used in everyday life, science, business, information technology, and educational settings to make informed decisions about the validity of studies and the effect of data on decisions. This course discusses what constitutes sound research design and how to appropriately model phenomena using statistical data. Additionally, the content covers simple probability calculations, based on events that occur in the business and IT industries. No prerequisites are required for this course.

This introductory communication course allows candidates to become familiar with the fundamental communication theories and practices necessary to engage in healthy professional and personal relationships. Candidates will survey human communication on multiple levels and critically apply the theoretical grounding of the course to interpersonal, intercultural, small group, and public presentational contexts. The course also encourages candidates to consider the influence of language, perception, culture, and media on their daily communicative interactions. In addition to theory, candidates will engage in the application of effective communication skills through systematically preparing and delivering an oral presentation. By practicing these fundamental skills in human communication, candidates become more competent communicators as they develop more flexible, useful, and discriminatory communicative practices in a variety of contexts. Note: There are references within this video to Taskstream. If Taskstream is not part of your student experience, please disregard, and locate your task(s) within your course.

This course presents a broad and thematic survey of U.S. history from European colonization to the mid-twentieth century. Students will explore how historical events and major themes in American history have affected a diverse population.

This introductory humanities course allows candidates to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows candidates to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.

Professional Core

The School as a Community of Care is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course prepares candidates to meet the social and emotional needs of learners, taking into account theories and philosophical perspectives on child and adolescent development and learning. Candidates learn to effectively collaborate with parents, families, caregivers, and other community stakeholders in each child's education, to build a strong foundation for academic and personal success. Emphasis is placed on family engagement as candidates gain knowledge of individual, cultural, and community assets that can be used to facilitate learner growth and development, as well as understand mental health and emotional differences among learners that may necessitate leveraging additional resources to support students' wellbeing. Issues of youth mental health, substance abuse, suicide awareness and prevention, and abuse within families will be addressed as will the importance of parent involvement. Candidates will engage in seven hours of preclinical experiences, which include visual observations of learning environments that involve parents and families in their children's' education while supporting the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of learners and an interview with an educational professional to explore topics related to parent involvement, youth mental health issues, and professional responsibilities to ensure student wellbeing. Additionally, crosscutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development. This course is designed to be taken after successful completion of the Educational Psychology and Development of Children and Adolescents course.

Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to create engaging and standards-aligned lessons that meet the needs of all learners. Candidates will learn to analyze learner needs based on a variety of inputs, including their state P–12 standards, assessment results, and knowledge of learner differences. This course will help candidates design, deliver, and modify instruction in accordance to needs and educational requirements. Candidates will engage in three hours of preclinical experiences that include virtual classroom observations. They also will record a short teaching segment, allowing for authentic teaching experience. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for continued development.

Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning is a key component of WGU's professional core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course prepares candidates to incorporate technology into their classroom practices in ways that improve teaching and learning. The ISTE standards will form the basis for their practice. The material will teach candidates to critically evaluate software and hardware options that may positively impact the classroom environment, while also increasing their awareness of ethical usage and considerations related to equity, access to technology, and appropriate use of technology by P–12 students. Assistive technologies to meet the needs of a diverse learner population also will be taught in this course. Candidates will engage in three hours of preclinical experience that include virtual observations of classroom practices incorporating technology to support educational goals. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Assessing Impact on Student Learning is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course equips candidates to evaluate student learning and their own professional practice, ensuring candidates are prepared to ensure all learners' success. In this course, candidates learn multiple methods of assessment to ensure they are able to implement a balanced approach to assessment while monitoring their students’ progress. Assessments types such as formative, summative, standardized, and common assessments are addressed so candidates understand their purposes and can apply them within the context of a lesson to determine impact on learning. Data literacy skills are taught to ensure candidates interpret and analyze individual and classroom data and apply their knowledge in ways that support academic success. Candidates will engage in three hours of preclinical experiences that include virtual classroom observations. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Educational Psychology and Development of Children and Adolescents is a key component of WGU’s Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course prepares candidates to support classroom practices grounded in research-validated principles from the areas of educational psychology and child/adolescent development. Candidates will be introduced to learning theories that equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to support the diverse populations of students with whom they will interact. This course addresses theories of human development, spanning early childhood through adolescence, and candidates completing this course will be able to explain and analyze the guiding perspectives on linguistic, physical, cognitive, and social development. This course will also cover appropriate instructional and assessment strategies to support student learning and development. Candidates will engage in four hours of virtual classroom observations related to issues in educational psychology and learner development. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Managing Engaging Learning Environments is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course prepares candidates to establish and contribute to safe and productive learning environments that support the success of all learners by ensuring student engagement and motivation for learning. Candidates will learn strategies, such as incorporating consistent routines and expectations, to provide positive behavior supports, increase learner motivation, promote active learning and self-direction, and ensure a safe and productive classroom setting that fosters a sense of community through collaborative educational practices. The course will culminate in evidence-based, practical application of current strategies, theories, or philosophical perspectives related to motivating and engaging all students in a learning community. Candidates will engage in seven hours of preclinical experiences that include both virtual observations of classroom settings and time in a simulated classroom environment where theory can be put into practice. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Fundamentals of Diverse Learners is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. This course prepares candidates to consider and address the wide range of learning needs in the classrooms of today. This course teaches candidates to identify and support the needs of diverse populations of learners, including, for example, students with disabilities (Including Dyslexia), students who are English language learners, and students who are gifted and talented. Practical strategies for differentiating instruction while creating a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment are explored. This course helps candidates develop skills for partnering with parents and advocating for all students, particularly those impacted by provisions of IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Multitiered systems of support are addressed to prepare candidates for their future classrooms as they seek to select appropriate instructional practices and interventions to best serve their students. Candidates will engage in four hours of preclinical experiences that include a simulated teaching experience in which skills learned can be applied. Cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are interwoven for further development.

Educational Foundations is a key component of WGU's Professional Core and is a required course for all initial licensure candidates. The course provides candidates with early classroom experience where they observe multiple school settings at three different levels of schooling and interview an educator to learn how state standards and various legal and ethical issues affect classrooms today. The course also provides candidates with opportunities to gain foundational knowledge about what it means to be a teacher in the current educational context while exploring their future role within the larger landscape of historical and cultural influences. This course ensures candidates have a firm grasp on important issues affecting educators including state standards-based curriculum, legal and ethical requirements affecting educational opportunities, and professionalism, preparing them for subsequent coursework within the Professional Core and their content area major courses. Five preclinical hours are interwoven throughout this course, and cross-cutting themes of technology and diversity are introduced for further development throughout the candidate’s programs.

Science

Concepts in Science for undergraduates provides students seeking a bachelor's degree and initial teacher licensure in science education with an introduction to essential science themes present within and across all science disciplines, including chemistry, physics, biology, and the geosciences. These themes include comprehending the magnitude of the physical and natural world, analyzing and converting measurements, understanding the basic nature and behavior of matter and energy, examining atomic structure, identifying and naming basic types of chemical bonds, and analyzing and interpreting scientific data. Concepts in Science provides a solid foundation for future, in-depth scientific studies and should be taken prior to any other science content course. There are no prerequisites for this course.

General Science Content

This course is a foundational introduction to the biological sciences. The overarching theories of life from biological research are explored as well as the fundamental concepts and principles of the study of living organisms and their interaction with the environment. Key concepts include how living organisms use and produce energy; how life grows, develops, and reproduces; how life responds to the environment to maintain internal stability; and how life evolves and adapts to the environment.

Zoology provides undergraduate students seeking licensure or endorsement in secondary science education with an introduction to the field of zoology. Zoology includes the study of major animal phyla emphasizing characteristics, variations in anatomy, life cycles, adaptations, and relationships among the animal kingdom. A prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Biology.

Ecology and Environmental Science is an introductory course for undergraduate students seeking initial licensure or endorsement in secondary or middle grade science education. The course explores the relationships between organisms and their environment, including population ecology, communities, adaptations, distributions, interactions, and the environmental factors controlling these relationships. This course has no prerequisites.

Health Sciences

This course examines the structures and functions of the human body and covers anatomical terminology, cells and tissues, and organ systems. Students will study the healthy state of the organ systems of the human body, including the digestive, skeletal, sensory, respiratory, reproductive, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, integumentary, endocrine, and renal systems. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Biology Content

Molecular and Cellular Biology provides undergraduate students seeking initial licensure or endorsement in secondary science education with an introduction to the area of molecular and cellular biology. This course examines the cell as an organism, emphasizing the molecular basis of cell structure and functions of biological macromolecules, subcellular organelles, intracellular transport, cell division, and biological reactions. Introduction to Biology is a prerequisite for this course.

Heredity and Genetics is an introductory course for undergraduate students seeking initial licensure or endorsement in secondary or middle grade science education. This course addresses the basic principles of heredity and the function of molecular genetics. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance and population genetics. This course has no prerequisites.

Students will learn why evolution is the fundamental concept that underlies all life sciences and how it contributes to advances in medicine, public health, and conservation. Course participants will gain a firm understanding of the basic mechanisms of evolution, including the process of speciation, and how these systems have given rise to the great diversity of life in the world today. They will also explore how new ideas, discoveries, and technologies are modifying prior evolutionary concepts. Ultimately, the course will explain how evolution works and how we know what we know.

This comprehensive course examines a student's conceptual understanding of a broad range of biology topics. High school biology teachers must help students make connections between isolated topics. For example, when studying hormones created by endocrine glands traveling through the circulatory system to maintain homeostasis, a student is connecting many biology topics. This course starts with macromolecules that make up cellular components and continues with understanding the many cellular processes that allow life to exist. Connections are then made between genetics and evolution. Classification of organisms leads into plant and animal development that study the organ systems and their role in maintaining homeostasis. The course finishes by studying ecology and how humans affect the environment.

Chemistry Content

Chemistry with Lab for undergraduates provides students seeking initial teacher licensure in middle grades science or secondary physics, biological science, or earth science with an introduction to the field of chemistry, the branch of science that studies the composition, structure, properties, and behavior of matter. Designed for those not majoring in chemistry education, this course highlights how the topics covered can be applied within various branches of science. This course provides students with opportunities to examine the electronic structure of atoms, study periodic trends, name chemical compounds, write chemical formulas, determine the structure of molecules, balance chemical reactions, and discover the changing states of matter. Laboratory experiences facilitate the study of matter and the application of laboratory safety and maintenance procedures. Concepts in Science for undergraduates is a prerequisite for this course.

Science Education

Science, Technology, and Society explores the ways in which science influences and is influenced by society and technology. Science is a humanistic and social endeavor and serves the needs of ever-changing societies by providing methods for observing, questioning, discovering, and communicating information about the physical and natural world. This course prepares educators to explain the nature and history of science, the various applications of science, and the scientific and engineering processes used to conduct investigations, make decisions, and solve problems. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Science Methods—Secondary Biology provides an introduction to teaching methods specific to science for undergraduate students seeking initial licensure or endorsement in secondary biology. Course content focuses on the design and teaching of standards-based lessons using the three dimensions of science (science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas) and the appropriate integration of technology into those lessons. Students in this course work within their content areas to evaluate, enhance, and plan appropriate science instruction. This course includes laboratory safety training and certification, which includes safe laboratory practices and procedures for science classrooms and the proper use of personal protective equipment. A prerequisite for this course is Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

Pedagogy

Secondary Reading Instruction and Interventions explores the comprehensive, student-centered response to intervention (RTI) model used to identify and address the needs of learners in middle school and high school who struggle with reading comprehension and/or information retention. Course content provides educators with effective strategies designed to scaffold instruction and help learners develop increased skill in the following areas: reading, vocabulary, text structures and genres, and logical reasoning related to the academic disciplines. This course is designed to be taken after successful completion of the Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment course OR Introduction to Instructional Planning and Presentation AND Instructional Planning and Presentation in Special Education.

Secondary Disciplinary Literacy examines teaching strategies designed to help learners in middle and high school improve upon the literacy skills required to read, write, and think critically while engaging content in different academic disciplines. Themes include exploring how language structures, text features, vocabulary, and context influence reading comprehension across the curriculum. The course highlights strategies and tools designed to help teachers assess the reading comprehension and writing proficiency of learners and provides strategies to support students' reading and writing success in all curriculum areas. This course has no prerequisites.

Demonstration Teaching

Teacher Performance Assessment in Science course is a culmination of the wide variety of skills learned in the Teachers College at WGU. In order to be a competent and independent classroom teacher, students will showcase a collection of content, planning, instructional, and reflective skills.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.

Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Science involves a series of classroom performance observations by the host teacher and clinical supervisor that develop comprehensive performance data about the teacher candidate’s skills.

Professional Portfolio requires candidates to create an online teaching portfolio that demonstrates professional beliefs, growth, and effective teaching practices from the Demonstration Teaching experience. The portfolio includes reflective essays (educational beliefs, professional growth, and collaboration with stakeholders) and professional artifacts (resume and artifacts with commentary on academic language, systems of student support, education technology, and professional communication with families) developed and acquired during Demonstration Teaching.

Cohort Seminar provides mentoring and supports teacher candidates during their demonstration teaching period by providing weekly collaboration and instruction related to the demonstration teaching experience. It facilitates their demonstration of competence in becoming reflective practitioners, adhering to ethical standards, practicing inclusion in a diverse classroom, exploring community resources, building collegial and collaborative relationships with teachers, and considering leadership and supervisory skills.

Field Experience

Preclinical Experiences in Science provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher. Students will reflect on and document the 75 hours of in-classroom observation and experience in their performance assessments. Prior to entering the classroom for the observations, students will be required to meet several requirements including a cleared background check, passing scores on the state or WGU required basic skills exam and a completed resume.

39 Courses

Program consists of 39 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.

Program Guide

Professional Portfolio

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Special requirements for this program

You will complete a professional portfolio, which will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your degree program and Demonstration Teaching.

“I was working nights and studying when I could to finish my degree while trying to parent and coach and everything else that comes along with being a father. Having a completely online school like this was the only way I could have managed to finish my degree and move to where I wanted to be in life.”

—Kenneth S.
B.S. Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)

Why WGU?

You Aren't On Your Own

WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you set up your Demonstration Teaching, learn about teaching certification in your state, and more. You're not alone when you choose an online education degree at WGU.

HOW WE DO IT

On Your Schedule

Students choose WGU for theironline teaching degree programbecause of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.

A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Licensure In Any State

WGU's online science education degree prepares you for a teaching license in any state in the United States. It's valuable to learn the other requirements in your state to know the full process for gaining licensure.

LICENSURE INFO

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.

COST & TIME

An Affordable Secondary Biology Education Degree Program

By charging per six-month term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A College Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Responsible Borrowing Initiative

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Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits.

Financial Aid

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.

Scholarships

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

A Different Way to Learn: Degree Programs Designed to Fit Your Life—and All the Demands on Your Time

Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At WGU, we understand schedules are tight and often unpredictable for adult students. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how education should be. No rigid class schedules. Just a solid, career-focused teaching program that meshes with your current lifestyle. You'll be challenged. You'll work hard.But if you commit yourself and put in the hours needed, WGU makes it possible for you to earn a highly respected degree as a busy working adult.

“You would think that balancing being a teacher, mom, and wife while also pursing my Masters would be difficult, but WGU made it so easy! I was able to complete most of my assignments and tests after my daughter went to bed. ”

—Lara C.
B.S. Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)

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CAREER OUTLOOK

Make a Fulfilling Career Move and Become a Science Teacher

Middle school and high school students need passionate, inspired educators with the knowledge and skill to teach them how life on Earth works. WGU's online biology degree for aspiring teachers is nationally recognized for preparing highly qualified educators for extremely important and meaningful careers.

This online biology degree is focused on helping teachers become experts in their science subject, as well as focusing on teaching strategies for a variety of learners. WGU's online biology degree is designed to help teachers prepare to work with all kinds of students and improve their learning and understanding. Great teachers have a critical overall impact on classrooms and their entire community.

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Return on Your Investment

4%

Employment of all middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.With a shortage of STEM teachers especially, job opportunities for science teachers should be especially strong.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU Has Alumni Teaching in Schools Across the Country

Graduates of WGU's online Teachers College have found meaningful, rewarding teaching careers in classrooms at:

  • Inclusionary K–12 classrooms
  • Middle/junior high schools
  • High schools
  • Private and charter schools

Impressive Class of Graduates

Graduates of the WGU Teachers College include recipients of many professional honors, including:

  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Intel Grant for Mathematics and Technology
  • Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award
  • Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award
  • Association of Public Charter Schools Educator of the Year Award

Focused on Equity and Accessibility

The WGU Teachers College is in the top 1% for granting degrees for Black and Hispanic/Latinx educators at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. It is second in the nation for combined graduate and undergraduate degrees and credentials for students of color, according to the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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ADMISSIONS

Secondary Biology Education Bachelor's Admission Requirements

Students who are seeking initial teacher licensure in a bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, or master’s program must also pass a state-specific basic skills test for the state in which they live as a prerequisite to Demonstration Teaching (student teaching). (Registering and paying for the test is the student’s responsibility.) This requirement can be met either prior to admission or before beginning the Foundations of Teaching subject area once you are in your WGU program.

WGU’s teacher licensure programs also include Demonstration Teaching (student teaching). You must be at least 18 years of age before you may begin the application process or participate in Preclinical Experiences and Demonstration Teaching. You must also submit to a criminal background check prior to entering the classroom for this component of your program.

An Enrollment Counselor can help you best determine whether you have the sufficient background for entry into your program of choice.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Transfer Credits

If you’ve taken courses or received a degree from a community college or another college or university, you're likely already well on your way to a WGU degree. You can almost always transfer credits when you send bachelor's or associate's degree transcripts to WGU for a college transfer evaluation.

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Becoming a Licensed Teacher

State-specific licensure requirements: Each state in the U.S. has specific testing requirements that must be met or completed in addition to completing your teaching degree program at WGU. Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include a number of factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests
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MORE ABOUT YOUR PATH

Preclinical Experiences

As part of this program, you'll participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences through at least 75 hours of in-classroom observation.

Demonstration Teaching

To help you prepare to work in classrooms, this program includes a student teaching component (we call it Demonstration Teaching, or DT). DT is a full-time, supervised, in-classroom experience of a minimum of 12–20 weeks during which you will be hosted by an experienced teacher and observed by a Clinical Supervisor. Your host teacher will evaluate your performance based on accepted professional standards. Learn more.

More About the B.S. in Secondary Biological Science Education

  1. More About Teacher Licensure

  2. Transfers

It depends on your state and which Teachers College program you complete, so it is best to ask your Enrollment Counselor. Typically, teachers with an elementary education license can teach anywhere from kindergarten through 8th grade, and secondary teachers in math, English, or science can teach anywhere from 5th to 12th grades. K–12 special education licenses typically enable teachers to work with students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

It depends on your state and your program, but for most Teachers College programs, Demonstration Teaching is typically about the length of one full traditional school semester. DT is a minimum of 12–16 weeks, but it can be longer in other programs.

WGU has a team that works with you to connect you with schools in your area, and with host teachers that will support you through your Demonstration Teaching.

Your Enrollment Counselor can provide more details about your specific situation. While you can provide recommendations of a school you want to be placed in, generally, our Field Placement Office will be selecting and setting up the placement in the end.

Your Enrollment Counselor has access to an up-to-date database that tracks requirements and eligibility for all WGU programs and all US states and territories, so a conversation with your Enrollment Counselor can quickly verify this for you based on where you live and your desired program.

Yes. Transcripts are used by your program mentor to help develop your personalized degree plan. WGU requires that official transcripts of previous academic work completed at other colleges or graduate schools be submitted for evaluation. It is your obligation to request official transcripts from the institutions you have attended when applying for admission. At the present time, we don't require a minimum grade point average (GPA) or SAT/ACT scores for admission.

Yes. Students applying to a graduate degree program must send bachelor's degree official transcripts verifying their receipt of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or DETC-accredited institution. The Records and Admissions Departments should receive the official transcripts by the 1st of the month prior to the start of your program. WGU acceptslimitedcollege transfer credits at the graduate (master’s) level inonly a few programs: M.S. Nursing and Master of Health Leadership. Transfer credit isnot acceptedin all other master's programs. For all other graduate-level programs, requirements are not cleared through transfer because of prior graduate school study. However, competencies obtained through prior study will help students to accelerate toward degree completion.

Your official transcripts will be evaluated by a member of the Transcripts Department. The time it takes to review your transcripts and report which subject areas (domains) are cleared will vary. We will inform you via email when your transcripts arrive, and we endeavor to report transfer decisions through yourEnrollment Counselorwithin two weeks of that date.

Because your mentor will use your transcripts to help develop your personalized Degree Plan, it is important we receive official transcripts directly from all the colleges and universities you have previously attended no later than the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date. WGU will not award transfer credit based upon the work identified by transcripts received after your start date.

If you have questions about your transcripts prior to submission of your official transcripts, you maycontact your Enrollment Counselorto discuss the Transfer Evaluation Guidelines for your intended degree program.

Yes. If you’re applying for a bachelor’s degree program and have completed college coursework at another institution, you may have your transcripts evaluated and may be able to have some or all of the requirements for lower-division courses cleared through transfer credits. In some programs, professional certifications may clear additional requirements.

Many students transfer into a WGU degree program already having accumulated many credit hours or having earned an associate’s degree. Transcripts are evaluated on a course-by-course basis according to the following general guidelines:

  • If you hold an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from an institution that is recognized as nationally or regionally accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, you should clear all or many of the lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Business or Information Technology. For Health Professions and Teachers College programs, a course-by-course evaluation is typically required. Only an official transcript evaluation can determine how many requirements you may be able to waive.
  • If you earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or other applied associate’s degree, you may be able to clear a significant portion of WGU's lower-division degree requirements.
  • If you have completed college courses but have not earned a degree of any type, you may also be able to have some degree requirements cleared through a course-by-course transcript evaluation.
  • WGU acceptslimitedcollege transfer credits at the graduate (master’s) level inonly a few programs: M.S. Nursing and Master of Health Leadership. Transfer credit into the M.S. Nursing and Master of Health Leadership programs will only be considered for new students beginning their program on February 1, 2021, and beyond. Transfer credit isnot acceptedin all other master's programs. For all other graduate-level programs, requirements are not cleared through transfer because of prior graduate school study. However, competencies obtained through prior study will help students to accelerate toward degree completion.

It depends on how well the courses you’ve already taken match the competencies in the WGU degree program you’re applying for.

Each WGU degree program specifies the competencies you must possess and demonstrate mastery of in order to receive your degree; having accumulated credits isn’t sufficient proof that you have mastered the competencies.

Prior courses must be relevant. If your prior coursework directly matches the requirements for your WGU bachelor’s degree, you may be able to clear one or more required lower-division courses. However, if your coursework was in subject areas that don’t match WGU's degree requirements, the amount of transfer credit you receive may be limited.

FAQs

Is a BS in biology hard? ›

Biology is a challenging field, and the rigors of a biology degree might prove too much for individuals who only feel lukewarm about the subject. However, for those who begin their studies with a plan for how they want to use their education, it can be one of the most rewarding degrees available.

Does BS biology have a board exam? ›

The number of hours required may differ in each university. The BS in Biology does not have a board examination.

What can I do with an online biology degree? ›

As a graduate, you may choose to pursue a career in a wide range of fields including medical and clinical research, healthcare, forensic science, conservation or wildlife biology. Biologists often seek to address grand challenges in medicine, agriculture and environment.

Is a BS in biology worth it? ›

Biology is a good degree for undergraduates who would like to pursue medical school or earn a master's in the healthcare field. However, with so many majors available, a bachelor's in biology can open doors to various career opportunities. Biology, as a degree, is suitable for hard-working students.

What is the hardest BS degree? ›

Introducing the 13 Hardest College Majors
  • #8: Biochemistry or Biophysics. ...
  • #7: Astronomy. ...
  • #6: Physics. ...
  • #5: Cell and Molecular Biology. ...
  • #4: Biomedical Engineering. ...
  • #3: Aero and Astronautical Engineering. ...
  • #2: Chemical Engineering. ...
  • #1: Architecture. Average Hours Spent Preparing for Class Each Week: 22.20.
10 Feb 2021

What is the hardest class in a biology degree? ›

Molecular Cell Biology is one of the hardest Biology degrees to study, and Biology in itself is a very challenging discipline. Studying Molecular Cell Biology is like learning a new language, as there is an incredibly complex vocabulary to describe the structure and function of life at the molecular level.

Is there math in BS biology? ›

Biological sciences majors are required to take one semester of calculus plus a second math or statistics course.

Can BS biology be a nurse? ›

You could go from a BS in biology to nursing without spending another four years in college. By applying to an accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing track that allows you to leverage your degree, you can enter the field in less than two years.

Is a BS in biology better than a BA? ›

Career Paths

A BS typically prepares you for more hands-on, physical research work. If you want to attend graduate school to study biology, experiment with materials as a research scientist or biochemist, or advance to a medical, dental, or veterinary program, a BS is likely the right choice.

Can you complete a biology degree online? ›

Online bachelor's degrees in biology offer a flexible way to earn a degree and prepare students to meet their goals. With an online bachelor's degree in biology, students have a range of career opportunities they can pursue after graduation.

Is biology Online a reliable? ›

Since 2001 the Biology Online mission has been to promote awareness of all things about Biology. We do that by publishing articles on Biology topics that have gone through meticulous editing and verification to guarantee accuracy and substance.

What job can I get if I study BS biology? ›

With additional education, you can use your biology degree to become a nurse, physician, veterinarian, engineer, or senior scientist. An advanced degree in biology can allow you to teach biology at a university or become a senior level manager or researcher at a pharmaceutical, environmental, or biotech firm.

Is a BS more respected than a BA? ›

In short, no. There's no type of bachelor degree that's seen as "better" or harder to earn by all employers and grad schools. Both BA and BS degrees require hard work and skills across multiple areas.

Which biology degree is best? ›

The 10 Best Biology Bachelor's Degree Programs
  • Molecular Biology of the Bacterial Cell.
  • Organic Chemistry.
  • Genetics in Medicine: From Bench to Bedside.
  • The Cell Biology of Human Life in the World.
  • Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine.

Is BS biology related to medicine? ›

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS BIO) curriculum major in Medical Biology (MB) is designed to broaden the students' knowledge and skills in the biological sciences enabling them to qualify for a course in Medical Science or Doctor of Medicine.

What is the easiest BS degree to get? ›

These are the easiest majors we've identified by highest average GPA.
  • #1: Psychology. Psychology majors study the inner workings of the human psyche. ...
  • #2: Criminal Justice. ...
  • #3: English. ...
  • #4: Education. ...
  • #5: Social Work. ...
  • #6: Sociology. ...
  • #7: Communications. ...
  • #8: History.
6 Feb 2021

What is the most regretted major? ›

The most-regretted college majors
Major% who regret
Sciences35% 35% 35%
Education31% 31% 31%
Social sciences/law29% 29% 29%
Communications27% 27% 27%
6 more rows
30 Jul 2022

What is the easiest degree to get online? ›

Easiest Majors and Degrees to Get Online
  • Business. Online business degrees prepare learners for diverse careers. ...
  • Liberal Arts. Liberal arts programs hone critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. ...
  • Education. ...
  • English. ...
  • Nursing. ...
  • Criminal Justice. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Agriculture Science.

Is a biology degree easier than chemistry? ›

The easy answer is yes, chemistry is harder than biology. I don't have a quantifiable reason, but from my experience in college and from teaching chemistry and biology in high school, students find the math needed for chemistry to be challenging and it requires higher levels of critical reasoning.

Which class is harder chemistry or biology? ›

As a general rule, most students find biology easier except, they may be required to memorize more information. Chemistry is usually more difficult, especially the labs, because they require a better understanding of mathematics, especially error analysis.

Is a biology or chemistry degree harder? ›

From what I understand, chemistry is much harder than biology as a major. You'll have to take advanced courses such as physical chemistry, and at my school a more rigorous version of organic chemistry.

How many years is a BS in biology? ›

Bachelor of Science in Biology is a four-year program that provides its students the opportunity to integrate, interpret, and translate biological phenomena through scientific observations and environmental observations, and use this information to make meaningful decisions, with emphasis on its applications in the ...

What type of math is used in biology? ›

Mathematical areas such as calculus, probability theory, statistics, linear algebra, graph theory, combinatorics, algebraic geometry, topology, dynamical systems, differential equations and coding theory are now being applied in this field.

Can you be an RN with a biology degree? ›

You can become a nurse with a biology degree by deciding which type of nursing degree you want to pursue, applying your previous credits to any necessary prerequisites, and enrolling as a student before passing the NCLEX-RN exam and finding a new position as a nurse.

Can a biologist become a doctor? ›

This means that a student of any major can apply to medical school as long as these required courses are completed. In other words, whether you major in biology, math, economics, history, or art, you can apply to medical school.

What is the difference between BS biology and BS nursing? ›

While both degrees provide students with a foundational understanding of biology, mathematics, and statistics, the core coursework for a BS degree will vary depending on the chosen area of specialization. The BSN degree, on the other hand, focuses on the field of nursing and the needs of the healthcare industry.

Do jobs prefer BS or BA? ›

The short answer is no. Employers and graduate school admissions officers rarely care which type of Bachelor's degree you were awarded. They care far more about which major you pursued, where you went to school, the fact that you have a bachelor's degree at all, and how you performed in your classes.

What is a good GPA for biology major? ›

The majors I've listed here come from a 2010 report by Dr. Kevin Rask of Wake Forest University. It's difficult to say what the average GPA for one major is when you're looking across a bunch of different schools.
...
GPAs by Major.
MajorAverage GPA
Biology3.02
Psychology2.98
Economics2.95
Math2.90
14 more rows
15 Oct 2022

Can you go to med school with a BA in biology? ›

A bachelor's degree in biology is a common and extremely popular first step toward medical school. In fact, more than half of all medical school matriculants enter into their residencies with a degree in biological sciences.

How fast can you finish a biology degree? ›

The typical bachelor's in biology program requires about 120 credits, whether taken online or in person. Most programs take four years to complete, although accelerated programs may be completed more quickly.

How quickly can you complete an online degree? ›

Many students finish bachelor's degrees in as few as 12 to 18 months by taking online courses and earning credit hours via remote learning. Finally, some students are able to finish their credit hours towards a bachelor's degree faster.

Can you finish a bachelors degree online? ›

Can I Finish My College Degree Online? Absolutely. Finishing your degree online is a great way to earn your degree part-time while continuing to earn income and balancing your other priorities. That's why so many people with some college but no degree turn to online education.

Is it better to take biology in person or online? ›

Since biology is a very crucial class that is fundamental to future concepts I would recommend taking it in person. However, if you are thru type of student who can succeed and learn very well outside of the classroom then I believe you would do just fine.

Is studying online worth it? ›

According to the study, 86% of online learners considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to pursue it. Among those who have attended on-campus and online courses, 85% said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus.

Is studying online a good idea? ›

Online education enables the teacher and the student to set their own learning pace, and there's the added flexibility of setting a schedule that fits everyone's agenda. As a result, using an online educational platform allows for a better balance of work and studies, so there's no need to give anything up.

Can I work at hospital with BS biology degree? ›

It's not hard to find hospital jobs with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. In fact, most people start their career within just a few months of graduation.

What is the highest-paying job with a bachelors in biology? ›

What is the highest-paying job with a biology degree? Biologists with a graduate degree often earn the highest salaries in the field. Associate directors of research facilities, biotech research scientists, and principle scientists all earn median salaries of more than $100,000 per year.

How do I make 6 figures with a biology degree? ›

Highest-paying biology jobs
  1. Health communications specialist. National average salary: $57,530 per year. ...
  2. Microbiologist. National average salary: $64,925 per year. ...
  3. Pharmaceutical sales representative. ...
  4. Respiratory therapist. ...
  5. Environmental scientist. ...
  6. Registered nurse. ...
  7. Physical therapist assistant. ...
  8. Genetic counselor.

Are all BS good grades? ›

B - is still a pretty good grade! This is an above-average score, between 80% and 89% C - this is a grade that rests right in the middle. C is anywhere between 70% and 79%

What is the difference between BS and BSC? ›

Key Difference: B.Sc. stands for Bachelor of Science. It refers to a degree that is conferred on completion of a three to five year science undergraduate programme. BS is just a slang for Bachelor of Science.

Why is a BS better than a BA? ›

While a BS typically takes the same amount of time to earn as a BA, this pathway delivers a more specialized education. BS programs help students gain in-depth knowledge and skills related to their major, preparing them for graduate training or entry-level jobs in that specific field.

Do biology degrees pay well? ›

According to a report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), graduates with a Biology Bachelor's earned 57,000 USD/year on average, while Master's graduates earned 93,000 USD/year.

What is the closest major to biology? ›

What other majors are related to Biology?
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Biophysics.
  • Library and Archives Assisting.
  • Molecular Biochemistry.
  • Molecular Biology.

Is BS biology a hard course? ›

So college biology classes may be more difficult than your average high school class. But, according to Draft, biology is a highly accessible subject, especially if you're really interested in it. You don't need to come into an introductory biology class with a specific knowledge base or level of talent.

Does BS biology have board exam? ›

The number of hours required may differ in each university. The BS in Biology does not have a board examination.

Can I become a doctor with BSC biology? ›

After xii board or BSC degree , if you want to have "Doctor" tag in front of your name , it won't be possible without entrance exam. To become a doctor or to pursue any medical course NEET is mandatory examination. For mbbs, BDS, veterinary and Ayush courses one can not opt for these courses without cracking Neet.

Is it better to get a BA or BS in biology? ›

A BS typically prepares you for more hands-on, physical research work. If you want to attend graduate school to study biology, experiment with materials as a research scientist or biochemist, or advance to a medical, dental, or veterinary program, a BS is likely the right choice.

Which subjects are easy in BS? ›

Here, I will provide a list of the 15 easiest majors for a bachelor's degree.
  • 1# Education. If you are interested in teaching methods, then this degree suits you. ...
  • 2# Computer Science. This subject is not for everyone. ...
  • 3# Marketing. ...
  • 4# English. ...
  • 5# Psychology. ...
  • 6# Religious Studies. ...
  • 7# Foreign Language. ...
  • 8# Liberal Arts.
26 Aug 2022

Which is harder BA or BS? ›

In short, no. There's no type of bachelor degree that's seen as "better" or harder to earn by all employers and grad schools. Both BA and BS degrees require hard work and skills across multiple areas.

Can you become a doctor with a BA in biology? ›

These courses typically include biology, chemistry, physics, math, statistics, and English. This means that a student of any major can apply to medical school as long as these required courses are completed. In other words, whether you major in biology, math, economics, history, or art, you can apply to medical school.

What pays more BS or BA? ›

Bachelor of science graduates earn more—at first

The technical skills often associated with a BS are in high demand. For the first 10 years of experience in the field, BS degrees have the edge. Over time, however, the gap closes—then goes the other way.

What is the easiest online bachelor's degree? ›

Easiest Majors and Degrees to Get Online
  • Business. Online business degrees prepare learners for diverse careers. ...
  • Liberal Arts. Liberal arts programs hone critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. ...
  • Education. ...
  • English. ...
  • Nursing. ...
  • Criminal Justice. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Agriculture Science.

Which BS field is best? ›

10 Best Bachelor of Science Degrees
  • Computer Science. Computer science degrees focus on things like programming and web development. ...
  • Finance. ...
  • Information Technology. ...
  • Biology. ...
  • Mechanical Engineering. ...
  • Electrical Engineering. ...
  • Chemistry. ...
  • Mathematics.

What can I expect from a bachelors in biology? ›

Common Coursework Biology Majors Can Expect

Students in this major take several foundational biology and chemistry courses. These may include ecology and evolution, genetics, biostatistics, cell structure and function, biochemistry and molecular biology, human anatomy and physiology, and marine biology.

What are the subjects in BS biology? ›

Most of the courses you will take in BS Biology have laboratory units.
...
Some of them may include:
  • General Biology.
  • Morphoanatomy (Plant)
  • Morphoanatomy (Animal)
  • Physiology (Plant)
  • Physiology (Animal)
  • Systematic Biology (Plant or Animal)
  • Developmental Biology (Plant or Animal)
  • Genetics.

Do employers prefer a BA or BS? ›

That all depends on your specific employment goals. Many companies choose to hire people who have earned a bachelor's degree, without being concerned if it is a B.A. or a B.S. degree. However, there are those places that do want to see very specific courses taken and items learned.

Does a BS look better than a BA? ›

Neither degree ranks as better than the other, but one might better suit specific career goals. For example, students interested in technical careers may need a BS for graduate school applications. In some majors, undergrads choose between a BA and a BS. Many psychology programs, for instance, offer both options.

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