The Biology with a Secondary Teaching Emphasis allows students to become secondary school teachers, while giving them the flexibility to pursue any other career in biology or continue to post-baccalaureate studies.
A broad Biology curriculum for this major prepares students for a teaching endorsement in biology. It provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education by also including courses in math, physics, and chemistry. The requirements for this major include laboratory courses in genetics, molecular and organismal biology, as well as a course that examines the relationship between science and society.
Western’s Biology Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.
To receive a recommendation for a state of Washington certification, students must complete a professional preparation program in secondary education. A Biology endorsement with a teaching certification will require being admitted to Woodring College of Education.