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 Science 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.

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Our Collaboration with Teachers College

As a student in our secondary education program, you’ll benefit from experiences and expertise of your home department, taking courses in content and content pedagogy—the methods and practices for teaching specific content—and learning from experts in the field of your chosen teaching major. In Teachers College, you’ll explore other important aspects of teaching and interact with teaching majors in other disciplines. Learn more about the Teachers College.

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.


Total to Graduate: 120


  • ANAT 201 - Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 112 - Principles of Biology 2
  • BIO 210 - Introduction to Botany
  • BIO 214 - Genetics
  • BIO 215 - Cell Biology
  • BIO 216 - Ecology
  • BIO 313 - Microbiology
  • BIO 440 - Evolution
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 231 - Organic Chemistry 1 and CHEM 241 - Organic Laboratory 1
  • MATH 181 - Elementary Probability Stats or BIO 448 - Biometry
  • PHYC 110 - General Physics 1
  • PHYS 205 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology
  • SCI 150 - Basic Concepts in Science Education
  • SCI 295 - Introduction to the Teaching of Science
  • SCI 396 - Using Science Methods and Materials
  • EDFO 420 - Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • EDMU 205 - Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • EDPS 251 - Human Growth and Development for Secondary Education
  • EDPS 390 - Educational Psychology
  • EDSE 320 - Reading for Diverse Learners in Secondary Content Classes
  • EDSE 380 - Principles of Teaching in the Secondary School
  • EDSE 460 -  Student Teaching: Secondary School
  • EDSE 465 - Elective Student Teaching: Secondary, Junior High/Middle, or All-Grade

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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