What you'll learn minoring in Biology Teaching

The biology teaching minor at UW-Platteville is a cross-disciplinary program between the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and the School of Education. The program prepares graduates to teach elementary through high-school biology classes and seek K-12 licensure. With the completion of biology teaching courses you will have the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career as an educator, where you can inspire students and develop their understanding of the world around them.

Students who pursue this program will complete biology courses covering anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution, as well as courses focused on the unity of life and the diversity of life. Additional elective coursework allows students to learn more about certain areas of interest such as microbiology, ornithology, cell biology, zoology, molecular biology, and more. School of Education coursework prepares students to become confident educators in their chosen fields.

Careers in Biology Teaching

Pursuing a biology teaching degree will allow you to combine your love of science and biology with your passion for teaching. Whether you prefer working with elementary school-age children or teenagers, you will play a key role in helping students learn about the origin, function, and structure of all types of living organisms. By helping develop children’s scientific experience through classroom instruction, lab work, and examinations, you can help guide and direct students’ appreciation of biological science.

Graduates who pursue licensure can find meaningful career success in several roles, including:

  • Elementary school science teacher
  • Middle school biology teacher
  • High school biological science teacher
  • Science teaching assistant

While some people who pursue this career path want to teach full time, others enjoy careers that combine teaching young adults with conducting ongoing scientific research.

Discover by doing

Traditional classroom instruction is important for students who want to teach biology. At UW-Platteville, you will also have exciting opportunities to learn outside of the classroom through undergraduate research, internships, and university events.

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