Master of Science in Biology with Emphasis in Science Education
To enroll in this biology master’s degree program, you must have a mentorship agreement with a biology professor and must be approved by the chair of the Biology Department and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. This program is designed for students seeking careers as two- or four-year college or university educators.
In this program, you will broaden their basic knowledge of the biological sciences, gain experience in investigative research methodology (particularly as it relates to the study of how science is taught) and develop an understanding of science pedagogy, curriculum development and assessment as it relates to learning in institutions of higher education.
The Thesis Option is offered for those preparing to teach and conduct research at the two- or four-year college level or for those preparing for further graduate work in science education at the doctoral level. For thesis admission, you must select a research topic and be approved by the biology graduate faculty member who represents that discipline.
The Non-Thesis Option is offered for those who want to improve their positions and skills as secondary school or junior college teachers.
Note: This program does NOT lead to teacher certification. However, secondary biology teachers seeking to expand their background knowledge in the biological sciences and/or enhance their science education research skills are eligible to apply. Leveling work is determined case-by-case.
Science Education Graduate Faculty
- Dr. Connie Heimann: (including, but not limited to) student behavior, self-efficacy, use of technology, introductory biology student success
- Dr. R. Russell Wilke: (including, but not limited to) action research, motivation, active learning, anatomy, student success
You can also read this information about choosing a graduate school that outlines what you need to know before you apply.
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