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The living and breathing world is vast – people, plants, and animals, all over the planet. As a future biology teacher, you will be an important part of students’ lives as you guide them through the massive world of the study of biology. You’ll help them discover what things make up living beings and what they need to survive. Wayne State is an excellent setting to develop your understanding of biology while also learning how to be a classroom teacher. Choose an endorsement in biology, and you’ll be equipped to teach grades 7-12 all about life.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the biology subject endorsement, you will also need to select a field endorsement or a second subject endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.


Hours required:
For endorsement: 42-43
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: Chemistry Education (7-12)


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


Departments: Life Sciences, Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Biology Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree to teach biology.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Introductory zoology
  • Evolutionary processes
  • Biological systems and structures
  • Experimental plant science
  • Molecular genetics
  • General chemistry and physics
  • Research, data collection and analysis
  • Modern lab techniques
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Curriculum development for grades 7-12
  • Classroom management and leadership
  • Observation
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Biology teacher
  • Science teacher
  • Zoology teacher
  • STEM specialist
  • Research scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Lab technician
  • Biomedical sales
  • Pharmacologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Nature conservation specialist
  • Vet assistant
  • Botanist

Employers

Employers

  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Educational and learning centers
  • Distance-learning centers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Laboratories
  • Research labs
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Environmental agencies
  • Conservation societies

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career! Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your findings at conferences such as The Wildlife Society, American Society of Microbiology, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The North American Prairie Conference.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach biology, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced biology teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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