Bring biology to life for your future students.

There’s something about the scientific study of life that makes you feel more alive, and you can’t shake the thought that you should teach others about it too. Good news: A bachelor’s degree in biology education from University of the Cumberlands provides all the training that new educators need to become effective biology teachers. In our Correll Science Complex – featuring laboratories and classrooms equipped with the latest media, audio, and data transmission technology – you’ll learn from skilled faculty what it means to be a great biology teacher. Additionally, biology students have the option to pursue specialized research through independent coursework, field study, Presidential Scholar research, and study abroad programs. You can even assist faculty members as they teach in campus laboratories or conduct research, giving you valuable experience.

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Biology Education (Secondary Certification)

A biology education major provides the training you need to pursue a career teaching science in public and private schools. This is your opportunity to build a solid fundamental understanding of all sciences, with a special emphasis in biological sciences — from cellular biology to genetics to biodiversity. In addition, you will gain a comprehensive education in age-appropriate lesson planning, classroom management, creating assessments, and other necessary skills that middle school and high school science teachers need to succeed.

Course Requirements

In addition to the courses listed, as a biology education major, you will also need to take education courses and complete observation hours in local classrooms. View our course catalog for more details. 

BIOL 113 Introduction to Population Biology Laboratory 

BIOL 114 Introduction to Cellular Biology Laboratory 

BIOL 133 Introduction to Population Biology 

BIOL 134 Introduction to Cellular Biology 

BIOL 210 Introduction to Biological Literature 

BIOL 246 Biodiversity 

BIOL 340 Genetics 

BIOL 495 Senior Seminar or BIOL 498 Senior Thesis 

MATH 132 College Algebra (or higher math course) 

CHEM 132 General Chemistry I 

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Laboratory 

CHEM 232 General College Chemistry II 

CHEM 211 General College Chemistry II Laboratory 

Complete 18 credit hours in 300/400 level classes. See Requirements of each emphasis area in our course catalog.

Complete 7 credit hours from the list:

PHYS 241 Physics I 

PHYS 242 Physics II 

PHYS 137 Physical Science 

PHYS 117 Physical Science Laboratory 

BIOL 116 Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory 

A Bachelor of Arts requires all the same courses as a Bachelor of Science with the addition of four classes (12 hours) in a foreign language.

Choose one foreign language sequence:

FREN 131        Elementary French I

FREN 132        Elementary French II

FREN 231        Intermediate French I

FREN 232        Intermediate French II


SPAN 131        Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 132        Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 231        Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 232        Intermediate Spanish II

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Mission & Goals

The mission of the biology education degree program at Cumberlands is to train competent and caring educators through innovative exploration, rigorous academics, advantageous opportunities, and hands-on experience in the laboratory and classroom.

Build a solid fundamental understanding of sciences, especially biology.
Practice sound reasoning through mathematics and science.
Learn to make lesson plans, manage classrooms, create assessments, and more.
Sharpen your critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, reflection, and communication skills.
Gain experience leading children through coursework and activities.
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Biology Education Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Statistics

Biology Teacher (9-12): $61,820

Biology Teacher (9-12): $61,820

High school teachers teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Medical Scientist: $95,310

Medical Scientist: $95,310

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health.

Lab Technician/Assistant: $57,800

Lab Technician/Assistant: $57,800

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians perform medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Physician Assistant (PA): $121,530

Physician Assistant (PA): $121,530

Physician assistants examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the supervision of a physician.

Natural Sciences Manager: $137,900

Natural Sciences Manager: $137,900

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists.

School Administrator: $106,850

School Administrator: $106,850

Education administrators plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.

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Common Questions

First, you need to check with the certifying board in the state in which you hope to teach, as each one may have slightly different qualification requirements. 

Next, you need to earn a relevant bachelor’s degree. To be a science teacher, your degree should explore scientific principles of the biological sciences. And it must offer coursework designed to help you understand how to teach young people.

From there, you will likely need to pass a state test, apply for teaching certification, and then start applying for open biology teacher positions. 

Your biology degree with secondary education certification will qualify you for a career in education. But if you would like to pursue other opportunities, you might consider becoming a natural sciences manager, a biological scientist, or a lab assistant or technician. 

If you want an extra challenge by pursing a degree in a graduate program, you can prepare for jobs in biology in a number of fields, including medicine, environmental studies, or biotechnology. Physicians, physical therapists, dentists, and veterinarians, for example, all require additional graduate degrees in order to obtain certification. 

Yes! In addition to the overall university accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), our education program also has state accreditation through the KDE/EPSB (Kentucky Department of Education/Educational Professional Standards Board) as well as national accreditation through the CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation). 

Though having a vehicle on campus opens several more options for local schools in which to gain observation hours, we’re happy to say that we have a good working relationship with Williamsburg Independent School District (WISD), whose school building is a five-minute walk from campus. 

Students who are pursuing majors in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) have the option of pursuing work-study positions as teaching assistants for professors in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Not only do the work hours give you excellent experience in the lab, they also give you experience doing other tasks related to research or teaching as professors assign them – all while earning money to put toward your education. 

Absolutely! We offer man different scholarships, from merit (academic), athletic, and music scholarships to endowed scholarships. If you're from Whitley County or a nearby county in Kentucky, you may even qualify for the Mavis Broome Scholarship for education majors. Visit our financial aid page for more information.

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Faculty Experts in Biology

Learn more about your future biology and education professors!

Dr. Lance Boston

Dr. Lance M. Boston

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Dr. Lance M. Boston

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Victor Snow

Dr. Victor Snow

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Dr. Victor Snow

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Dr. Rebecca Blakley

Dr. Rebecca Blakley

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Dr. Rebecca Blakley

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