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The Biology Teacher Certification Major is paired with teacher certification courses to provide the graduate for employment as a biology teacher in Alabama secondary schools. The content area course work provides a strong background in the biological sciences, while the certification courses provided by the Department of Education provide the pedagogical background and experience to start a teaching career with confidence.

Detailed curriculum can be found in the catalog.


  • Plant, Animal, and Microbial Diversity
  • Molecular/Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Strong Background in Education Theory,
  • Experiential Learning through Field Experience and Internships
  • Career Preparation Skills

Extra-curricular activities

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Hands-on Learning Experiences
  • Opportunties to Engage Area Youth in Science Fairs and Olympiads
  • Fellowships and Internships
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Exciting Field Classes

Career Preparation

The Biology Teacher Certification Major produces graduates that are well prepared to step into a career teaching secondary biology. The West Alabama region is in high need of teachers in all areas of science and technology, and graduates of this program can expect to enter a market rich in opportunities. In addition, few occupations are more fulfilling and provide as much opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Beginning teachers in Alabama schools typically make $38,000, while the addition of a Masters degree may raise pay to $44,000.

Contact Information:

College/Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics contact Dr. Jeffery Merida at 205-652-3414.

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