Students at the Quad

Passionate about handing down your love of science to younger generations? Our teaching major in life science prepares you to teach at the middle school level (grades five through eight) as a science generalist with a life science concentration or at the high school level (grades nine through 12) as a science specialist.

What You Will Learn

Our program will qualify you to teach your choice of science subject matter in middle school, high school, or both in the state of Indiana.

Science teachers can be licensed in five separate areas:

  • life science
  • physical science
  • earth-space science
  • chemistry
  • physics

What It’s Like to Major in Life Sciences Teaching at Ball State


Participate in a science education practicum led by Dr. Rona Robinson-Hill, which allows students to venture outside the classroom and make a difference in their community. Students gain hands-on experience teaching science to children at the Apple Tree Child Development Center and the Roy C. Buley Center in Muncie, Indiana.

Students from various academic departments, including teaching majors in life science, partner with Dr. Tom McConnell, professor of science education in biology, to produce a series of child-friendly books called Conservation Tales. These books tell stories about how wildlife biologists and other professionals work to conserve and preserve our ecosystems. The artwork is led by a member of the Ball State art faculty.

While our department of biology may be the largest department in the College of Sciences and Humanities and one of the largest departments at Ball State University (at any given time, up to 1,400 biology majors may be enrolled in our program), our lab sizes remain small to ensure individualized attention. This unique combination offers students a diverse variety of faculty and peers to interact with and learn from.

Members of our faculty have credentials and diverse academic interests, and many of them have active laboratories or research areas that employ undergraduate and graduate students. Your research opportunities will include field biology, lab biology, science education, annual international field trips, and more.

If you’re interested in lab or field research, we have student positions available for you. Our biology department has student clubs for most areas of study within biology and pre-health professions.

Program Requirements

As our student, you will take a combination of content courses in biology, chemistry, and other sciences along with courses in teaching from the Teachers College.

Depending on which type of teaching license you pursue, will need to meet certain course requirements and degree expectations.

You may choose between a middle school or high school teaching concentration, or you may earn both licenses.

Middle/Junior High School Licensure

Credits

Total to Graduate: 120

  • Science Teaching Major Core: 36
  • Life Science Concentration: 22
  • University Core Curriculum: 66-70

Courses

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 112 – Principles of Biology 2
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
  • PHYCS 110 – General Physics 1
  • PHYCS 112 – General Physics 2
  • ASTRO 120 – Stars and Stellar System
  • ASTRO 121 – Astronomy with lab
  • GEOL 102 – Earth, Life and Time
  • GEOG 230 – Elementary Meteorology
  • NREM 101 – Environment and Society
  • MATH 181 – Elementary Problems and Statistics or BIO 448 – Biometry
  • BIO 210 – Botany
  • BIO 214 – Genetics
  • BIO 216 – Ecology
  • BIO 217 – Ecology Methods
  • BIO 440 – Evolution
  • PHYS 215 – Fundamentals of Human Physiology
  • BIO 215 – Cell Biology
  • CHEM 231 – Organic Chemistry 1
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology

For complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Credits

Total to Graduate: 120

  • Science Teaching Major with Life Science Concentration at High School Level: 57
  • University Core Curriculum: 66-70

Courses

The courses you will take are:

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 112 – Principles of Biology 2
  • BIO 210 – Intro to Botany
  • BIO 214 – Genetics
  • BIO 215 – Cell Biology
  • BIO 216 – Ecology
  • BIO 217 – Ecology Methods
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology
  • BIO 440 – Evolution
  • PHYS 215 – Fundamentals of Human Physiology
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 231 – Organic Chemistry 1
  • PHYCS 110 – General Physics 1
  • PHYCS 112 – General Physics 2
  • MATH 181 – Elementary Probability and Statistics or Bio 448 – Biometry
  • GEOG 230 – Elementary Meteorology
  • GEOL 102 – Earth, Life and Time
  • ASTRO 120 – Stars and Stellar System
  • ASTRO 121 – Astronomy with lab

For complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

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