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Students in labGeneral Science Major: Teacher Certification

Science is all around us and if you find yourself fascinated with how it all works, consider passing that interest along as a General Science teacher at the secondary level. Highly qualified science teachers are needed in every area of the state. Graduating from this program, you will be prepared to open young minds your very first day in the classroom. Throughout the program, you will develop a strong background in general biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. In addition to studying everything from plants and animals to microbial diversity, you'll participate in exciting field experiences and internships.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Plant, Animal, and Microbial Diversity
  • Molecular/Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science
  • 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
  • Opportunities to Engage Area Youth in Science Fairs and Olympiads
  • Field Work in Marine Habitats
  • Fellowships and Internships
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Exciting Field Classes

Career Preparation

The General Science Teacher Certification Major prepares students for careers teaching science in secondary schools. 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. The median salary for Alabama teachers is approximately $47,000.

Contact Information:  Dr. Jeffery Merida at 205-652-3414.