There is a high demand for science teachers across the country and especially in North Carolina. Students in Appalachian State University’s Biology (BS) - Secondary Education degree program are motivated by their desire to make a difference and often graduate with 3 to 5 job offers each.
Graduates of this degree meet the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requirements to teach biology full-time in grades 9-12 and will be eligible for a North Carolina Secondary General Science teaching license. Students are taught by faculty in the renowned Reich College of Education and the Department of Biology, giving them a chance to learn from experts in both aspects of their curriculum. Students complete a methods course where they learn how to apply their learning experience to their classrooms once they begin student teaching.
Employment: With a high-demand for biology teachers, a large majority of students go on immediately to work in North Carolina public schools.
Graduate school: Because their field does not demand a graduate degree, students do not typically pursue an advanced degree right away.
Along with biology core classes, this degree requires 24 hours in professional education requirements and courses in genetics, biodiversity, chemistry, math, physics, geology and general science.
A minor is optional. Students do not typically choose a minor because their career requirements are satisfied through the degree program/
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society - TriBeta was established to recognize academic achievement and promote research in the biological sciences. Membership is by invitation.
Highlands Biology Club - a student club that works to advance knowledge, inspire the community, as well as open doors of opportunity for members through events involving Biology while having fun.
Appalachian Educators Club - a student club open to all education majors. The club meets every other Wednesday evening. The club promotes teacher education, service, social and professional development.
Kappa Delta Pi - National Honorary Education Fraternity that works to promote a closer bond among students of education and to form a more intimate fellowship with those dedicated to teaching. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Department of Biology faculty members have led short-term study abroad programs to Zambia, South Africa, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- Appalachian is known for its excellence teacher preparation.
- Students are taught by biology faculty with diverse research interests and expertise.
- Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in graduate-level research projects with department faculty.
- The Department of Biology offers scholarships.
- The department offers a Master of Science in Biology.
Number of Students
530 undergraduate students in the Department of Biology
Method of Delivery
On campus only
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