Secondary Education - Biology Concentration

Secondary Education - Biology Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Biology Concentration

From anatomy to zoology, share your love of biology with a professional teaching degree.

Get set for a rewarding career teaching middle and high school biology. This comprehensive undergraduate program at PennWest California meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

As a secondary education biology major, you'll combine education courses with college-level biology classes to gain expertise in your subject area and the latest best-practices in teaching.

You'll graduate ready to teach biology to grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania and beyond.

PennWest California takes a time-honored approach to teacher education.

  • Founded as a teachers college, PennWest California has a 165-year reputation of producing top-quality educators.
  • All secondary education students gain extensive real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania classrooms.


 Field Experiences
Before beginning the student teaching component of this program, you will complete three fieldwork experiences in local schools. This helps you excel in student teaching and stand out in the biology education job market.

Top Professors
You'll develop close relationships with our secondary education professors who have real-word experience in middle and high school education, doctorate degrees in their fields and active relationships with Pennsylvania schools.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


100 %
of secondary education faculty members are certified teachers with real-life experience in classrooms.
average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Degree Benefits

Degree courses in secondary education will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in biology and teaching.

  • Study science and biology curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching biology.

  • Deepen your knowledge of genetics, chemistry, anatomy, ecology and other scientific disciplines.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

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Graduate Outcomes

As a graduate of this bachelor's degree program, you'll be prepared to teach biology or life science in middle and high schools. You can also pursue a master's degree in teaching or education. PennWest California biology education alumni teach in private, public and charter schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Biology Concentration - Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree
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Professional Development

Work with a career services counselor who is dedicated to secondary education majors. You can also take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities including a seminar series, career development activities and the Student PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) Club.

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 Faculty Spotlight

Learn best practices for teaching science from professors with real-world experience, such as Dr. Joseph Zisk, who obtained his B.S.Ed. in Chemistry from PennWest California in 1973, has a doctorate in education from Temple University, has taught high school biology, chemistry and physics, and was a district-wide K-12 science and technology superior.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Science Education

Biology can be a daunting subject for middle and high school students. In this course you'll learn proven methods for teaching scientific concepts that will help your students understand and absorb key principles while igniting their wonder for the natural world.

Biology Concentration - Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

Rigorous biology and education courses will deepen your scientific knowledge base while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in biology and life science education. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 199  Pre-Calculus
Health and Wellness
HSC 315  First Aid
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
CHE 101  General Chemistry
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 
  • MAT Course
  • Approved U.S. or British Literature Course
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 395  Teaching of Science  3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
CHE 102  Gen Chemistry II 4
PHY 121  Gen. Physics 4
BIO 120  Gen. Zoology 4
BIO 125  Gen. Botany 4
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular 4
BIO 305 OR 306  Anatomy 4
BIO 248  Gen. Ecology 4
BIO 318  Genetics 4
BIO 328 OR 486  Physiology 4
Total 122

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): CHE 101 General Chemistry

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program.

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