Biology Education Program Highlights
The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in biological science, with a concentration in biology education grades 6–12, offers a well-rounded foundation in biology and the educational practices necessary to be a successful teacher, including planning, instruction and classroom engagement and management. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, this degree fulfills all current Louisiana state-mandated standards and program requirements.
The value of a teaching degree in biology
Well respected in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, McNeese State University has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. Demand for certified teachers in secondary science classrooms is high, and, with a biology education degree from McNeese’s Department of Biology, you will be highly marketable for teaching jobs while also enjoying a community of alumni and professors who can provide a support throughout your career.
At a Glance
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Degree Program: Biological Science
Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)
Availability: in person
What Can You Do with this Degree?
As a biology major with an undergraduate teaching degree from McNeese, you’ll be qualified to work in a middle or high school science classroom immediately after you graduate. Or, continue your studies with a graduate education and you can expand your career opportunities to higher education, research, other specialized areas or leadership roles such as school administrators and academic program supervisors.
Graduate Schools or Programs
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership
- Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership
- Master of Education in School Counseling
Potential Job Titles or Employers
- Public and Private Schools
- Nature Centers and Parks
- Museums, Aquariums or Zoos
Student organizations offer opportunities to network and collaborate with others while supporting the Lake Area community. Get involved through academic clubs such as Kappa Delta Pi, A+PEL and Kappa Kappa Iota. You can also join EdRising, which offers mentorship to future biology teachers.
Boots on the Ground
Participate in service-oriented activities such as Habitat for Humanity, food drives, tutoring and more with the Burton College of Education’s Boots on the Ground community service team.
Technology and Equipment
Learn to adapt with the changing needs of the industry and your classroom to become an effective teacher. McNeese offers a variety of tools for your use, including three onsite computer labs, poster maker software, a 3-D printer, Promethean Panels, iPads, scientific calculators, Swivels, an Apple TV and Qballs.
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