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Biology Teaching (Purdue degree)

Offered by: Biology Department The Biology Bachelor of Arts in Biology Teaching degree is a four year program consisting of 132 credit hours and is awarded by Purdue University.

Why choose this program?

Geneticists, molecular biologists and physiologists have provided valuable insight into how cells and systems function. Biologists have helped improve human life in many ways, including the discovery of antibiotics and other medicines, a better understanding of the cellular processes leading to cancer, and the development of new crops.

Information from the Human Genome Project is being used to identify genes and proteins involved in many disease processes. However, there are still many unknowns. Studying biology provides a background for students to evaluate and understand new discoveries and to make informed decisions in the use of scientific knowledge to benefit all living organisms.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Biology provide an environment where students at all levels can explore, discover, and learn biology through coursework and research. We place a strong emphasis on high-quality classroom teaching. Professors teach lecture and laboratory courses and conduct research with undergraduate students.


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What will you learn?

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life through the observation of structure, function, reproduction, growth, origin, evolution, and behavior of living organisms and their relation to their natural environment.  Foundations of modern biology include: cell theory, evolution, genetics, homoeostasis, and energy.

IUPUI biology specialties include: bacterial pathogenesis, yeast genome, organ regeneration, biomass fuels. The Biology Bachelor of Arts in Biology Teaching degree is a four year program consisting of 132 credit hours and is awarded by Purdue University.

If you are interested in teaching biology, there are grant funds that may pay for your studies at IUPUI.

What will you do?

A biology degree opens up opportunities in the vast world of life sciences. 

There's a reason biology is the most common degree for students pursuing careers in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry, as well as research careers. The knowledge you gain as a biology major from asking questions, carrying out investigations, interpreting data and communicating results prepares you to think critically and develop solutions to challenges and complex problems in any field. 

Degree requirements

Requirements vary depending on a student's date of enrollment. Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin. Please visit your biology advisor to learn about your degree options. 

Currently, it is recommended that students complete the biology undergraduate degree and then pursue the Transition to Teaching program.  For more information, visit www.iupui.edu/~ucase/scholarships/t2t/.

Capstone Experience

Students apply what they've learned in a capstone experience, which is an independent, creative effort by the student that is integrative and builds on the student's previous work in the major; it may include research projects, independent study and projects, a practicum, a seminar, and/or a field experience.


An exciting feature of the biology program, students may choose from an array of biology research options. Learn more about our unprecedented undergraduate research opportunities.

"There are many times I put into practice the time management skills I learned through balancing athletics, academics, and on-campus leadership positions."

Zachary Bennett Biology, Pre-Dental, Undergraduate
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