Secondary Life Science/Biology Education

Secondary Life Science/Biology Education
Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Science
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

The Secondary Life Science/Biology Education major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach Biological Sciences in grades 7-12. Numerous job opportunities in both public and private schools are available. One hundred percent f those who complete our program pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school.

Science teachers accumulate many skills and knowledge (such as curriculum, instruction and administration) that allow them to move into other career areas. With some additional coursework, science teachers can add the following areas of specialization: English as a Second Language, Special Education and Gifted Education. With a Master’s degree, teachers can be certified as counselors or as principals.

St. Gregory’s University students in all teacher preparation programs must apply for admission to the Department of Education, complete an application and interview with education faculty. Admission criteria include: an updated Summary of Field Experiences, a written personal Philosophy of Education, successful completion of the St. Gregory’s University course “Foundations of Teaching” ED 3012 (or equivalent) , a cumulative GPA of 2.5, Oklahoma General Education Test passing score, “C” or better in required education and/or major (content) courses, five recommendations and completion of Education Major Portfolio to Checkpoint 1.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

Hundreds of career paths are available to individuals electing to pursue a science education degree. In addition to teaching science at a public, private, or parochial middle level or high school, a science education degree can lead to a job in:
• nursing
• health care administration
• pharmaceutical sales
• counseling
• policy and government
• forensic science
Students intent on pursuing a medical degree often earn their bachelor’s degree in one of the health science fields.

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

LS 2014 - General Zoology (4 cr.)
LS 2124 - General Botany (4 cr.)
LS 3214 - Human Physiology (4 cr.)
LS 3333 – Genetics (3 cr.)
LS 4114 - Principles of Ecology (4 cr.) or
LS 4124 - Conservation Biology (4 cr.)
PS 1111/1113 - College Physics I with Lab (4 cr.)
PS 1361/1363 - General Chemistry I with Lab (4 cr.)
PS 1211/1213 - College Physics II with Lab (4 cr.) or
PS 1471/1473 - General Chemistry II with Lab (4 cr.)
MA 1814 - Pre-Calculus (4 cr.) or
MA 2054 - Calculus I (4 cr.)
MA 3014 - Elementary Statistics or equivalent statistics course (4 cr.)
NS 3263 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Science (3 cr.)
PY 3113 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr.) or
PY 4113 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
PY 4132 - Psychology of Students with Exceptionalities (2 cr.)
TH 3202 - Catholic Perspectives on Education (2 cr.)
ED 3002 - Educational Technology (2 cr.)
ED 3012 - Foundations of Teaching (2 cr.)
ED 3002 - Middle Level Education (2 cr.)
PY4223 – Test and Measurements (3cr)
ED 4322 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 4910 - Student Teaching (10 cr.)

For a complete coursework overview for Secondary Life Science Biology Education, download the Program of Study here.

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

Each candidate will complete 75 hours of field experience in local school districts prior to student teaching.

Additionally, our students are members of the Teacher Education Association (TEA), a pre-professional organization of students currently preparing for careers in education. Members of the TEA may choose to join either the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) or the Student Professional Oklahoma Educators (SPOE). Both organizations offer benefits to teacher education candidates and provide numerous professional development opportunities. Each semester, the TEA has a Meet and Greet to welcome new education majors. Other activities of the TEA include the SGU Christmas Festival and tutoring in local schools.

Our Commitment To You: 

We are proud of the fact that 100 percent of our program completers in Secondary Life Science/Biology Education pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school. We have Secondary Life Science/Biology Education alumni from SGU in school districts throughout Oklahoma. Science majors who teach in Oklahoma for five years receive an incentive bonus from the State Regents of Higher Education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about becoming an SGU Secondary Life Science Biology Education major, email us at

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