Certification Requirements

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This pathway gives you the training and certifications to teach biology to middle school and high school students.

Certification checklist

You can complete a bachelor's degree in biology and get certification to teach in five years. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and 18 graduate hours in science qualifies you to teach dual-credit courses.

It’s critical that you work with our dedicated advisor to ensure that you stay on track to reach your goals.

Biology (Non-Comprehensive) (BS)

Bachelor of Science

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
  3. Major Requirements
    1. BIO 121(4), 122(4), 235(3), 236(1), 302(1), 492(0), 550(3)
    2. PHY 123(4) or 203(5) and PHY 124(4) or 204(5)
    3. MTH 138(5) or 181(3), or eligibility for MTH 261 on mathematics placement test
    4. BIO 312(3) and 313(2) or BIO 320(4) or 361(4) or 544(4); consult options below before selecting course
    5. CHM 116(4) and 117(1), or CHM 160(4) and 161(1); consult options below before selecting course
    6. CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 302(5) or 342(3) and 343(2); consult options below before selecting course
    7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BIO 302(1), 492(0) and two additional courses from the following: BIO 300(1), 355(4), 367(3), 370(4), 373(3), 398(1), 399(1-3), 485(1-3), 498(3), 499(1-3), 501(2), 505(3), 508(3), 509(4), 511(4), 512(3), 520(3), 527(1-4), 539(3), 547(3), 561(2), 573(3), 574(2), 575(3), 576(3), 577(3), 578(4), 579(4), 584(3), 589(3). Courses may also be used to satisfy option requirements.
    8. Complete requirements in one of the following options. (Note: With approval of advisor, up to 3 hours of the following can be substituted for one of the BIO courses listed in any option: BIO 300, 399, 499, or 597.)
  1. Pre-Teacher Education (72-74 hours total)*
    1. Required courses: BIO 312(3), 313(2), 361(4), 367(3), 368(1), 515(3)
    2. Complete a minimum of 9 additional hours of upper level Biology courses (with approval of advisor).
    3. Related requirements in Chemistry: CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1); CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 302(5)
    4. Complete the following related science courses: GLG 110(4); GRY 135(4); SCI 505(3)
    5. Complete at least one of the following related requirements in Mathematics: MTH 181(3), or eligibility for MTH 261(5) on Mathematics Placement test.
      *This option is designed for students preparing to enter post-graduate studies to become a high school science teach. This program does not include courses in teacher education that are required by the state of Missouri for certification as a teacher. Certification requirements can be met through postbaccalaureate programs or master’s program at Missouri State University.