Biology— Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Biology— Secondary Teaching Emphasis


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.

“It’s hard to say what I love most about the Biology Department. The classes are interesting, the professors are approachable, and it’s really easy to get involved with research.”  

–Julie Maurer, Student

Beyond the Classroom

The Biology program provides a wide variety of opportunities for applied practice of knowledge and skills gained in lectures and labs. Undergraduates are encouraged to engage in research alongside faculty, serve as teaching assistants for Biology courses, join the Biology Club, and develop their own extracurricular experience through an independent study option. Additionally, some upper level labs follow a project-based curriculum that resembles research experiences.  

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Biology with a Secondary Teaching Emphasis program provides students with the skills to enter both the science and teaching fields. Many students go on to teach in secondary education programs, others graduate with goals of continued science or teaching education, and some find work within the scientific community. Western’s tandem department team (Biology and Woodring), prepares students with a foundation for success.


Sample Jobs

  • Biology Teacher

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.