Below are some sample four-year plans for biology and biochemistry majors. Use the tabs to see a plan which matches your situation, but remember that your plan should be designed based on your interests and future goals. You should discuss your plans with your academic advisor.
Preparation for certification as a secondary-school (middle school or high school) biology teacher requires a major in secondary education. It is possible to be certified without a major in biology by taking appropriate courses in addition to a Secondary Education major; however, a biology degree is highly desirable for graduates wishing to teach Advanced Placement biology courses in Chicago-area school districts.
A double major in Biology and Secondary Education is most easily accomplished using the Biology Professions track of the Biology BA major, which requires a second major. The grid below shows one way these two majors could be completed. Note that it's usually necessary to begin planning for secondary education in the first year; students who decide on a secondary-school teaching career later may wish to finish a four-year degree in Biology and then continue to an education certification program at another school.
|Biology BA - Biology Professions track|
with BA in Secondary Education1
|See also more details on the Biology major on the Biology BA page.|
GenEd wellness (2 cr)
BIOL 290 (0 cr)
EDUC field experience I (1 cr)
BIOL 290 (0 cr)
EDUC Field experience II (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
BIOL 240 (2 cr)
Education policy, diversity & equity
BIOL 490 (1 cr)
EDUC Field experience III (1cr)
1Certification in Illinois requires competencies in sciences outside biology; candidates may wish to take elective courses in physics and earth science in addition to the chemistry built into the major; seek advice from an education advisor in planning your program.
2For certification in secondary education, biology electives should be chosen to include at least one plant course and at least one animal course.