Biology Teaching Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Biology, Biology Teacher Education Concentration


Minimum required courses normally equate to 79-82 hours in the major and 39 hours for the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. 

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

This major fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school (grades 9-12) biology through the AP/honors level and chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science and physics up to but not including the AP/honors level.

Students in this major must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (39 hours). See the College of Education section for requirements of the minor.

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters, but some students may require 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information. 

To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Departmental distinction: To graduate with distinction, the student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average for all work completed, and present evidence of exemplary student teaching.

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
MATH 220Calculus (Biocalculus section recommended)4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I 13-4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I 12
One required 200-level IB course selected from required courses below.
One required 200-level MCB course (and its lab course) selected from required courses below.
Additional Required Coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
IB 202Physiology 24
IB 203Ecology4
IB 204Genetics4
IB 302Evolution4
MCB 250Molecular Genetics3
MCB 251Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol2
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
MCB 253Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol2
PHYS 101College Physics: Mech & Heat5
PHYS 102College Physics: E&M & Modern5
GEOL 107Physical Geology4
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy3
or ASTR 210 Introduction to Astrophysics
Select one of the following:3-4
Educational Statistics
Additional 300- and 400-level courses selected from IB and/or MCB in consultation with the advisor.8