Biology (8–12 Life Sciences)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology (8–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to lead students in exciting biological discoveries in the vast natural world. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.

You'll achieve a solid foundation in the natural sciences, with a focus on biology and teaching methods. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 8–12 Life Science teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology (8–12 Life Sciences)


As a BA in Biology major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods that bring the sciences to life for students. You’ll learn to design lesson plans and lab projects, present subject material, and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Biology, graduates may teach life sciences in secondary school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Biology majors takes courses from these groups:

Students who major in biology complete core courses, which could include Human Anatomy and Physiology, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Research Methods, and Microbiology.

BA in Biology majors complete supporting courses, which could include General Chemistry, Lab; Physics, Lab; Calculus, Lab; and Applied Statistics.

BA in Biology majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.

You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.

After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.

A research experience culminates the degree in biology. This includes a two-course sequence in research methods and a seminar course, in which you’ll present either the results of your original research or a review and analysis of previously published research. Many students also opt for a third course that includes active research with a publication-grade paper.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Biology (8–12 Life Sciences).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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