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Biology Teaching

Program Overview

The Graduate School Biology Teaching Group offers an interdisciplinary program that leads to the degree of Master of Science in science for teachers. Although designed specifically for biology teachers in K-12 schools and community colleges, other life science educators, such as those in environmental learning centers, may find the program especially worthwhile. The program emphasizes broadening the student's understanding of the various fields of biological science, with the improvement of the student's effectiveness as a teacher as the primary goal. Opportunities for coursework within the departments of the University in biological science and science education are provided. Each student is asked to perform an in-depth study of a biological science problem in the context of its relevance to the teaching of biological science. Facilities and guidance are provided by a sponsoring professor and advisory committee drawn from the Biology Teaching Group and the several biological science departments of the University.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
222 Hitchcock, Box 355320
(206) 543-1689

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

  1. Secondary teaching certificate or evidence of professional involvement in K-12 or public education
  2. Bachelor's degree in biology or closely related field. Students in related fields must have adequate preparation in science.
  3. Minimum 3.00 GPA in the most recent 90 graded quarter credits (60 semester credits)
  4. Graduate Record Examination test scores
  5. Two or three letters of recommendation
  6. Statement of professional experience and objectives

Degree Requirements

36 credits, to include:

  1. Minimum 18 credits at the graduate level: minimum 18 must be graded. These categories are not mutually exclusive.
  2. All coursework must be at or above the 400 level.
  3. Each student plans a program to meet his or her own educational objectives, selecting at least one course from each of the following areas: botany, genetics, microbiology, zoology, and from the College of Education. One course in biochemistry is also required unless already completed in prior academic work. Courses in biomedical history, fisheries, forest resources, environmental studies, etc. may be appropriate for the student's interests. The Graduate Program Coordinator assists the student in this planning.