Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees today approved a bachelor of science in biological sciences teacher education degree. The program is designed to prepare students to teach biology and other sciences at the secondary education level in Illinois.
Administered through Illinois State’s School of Biological Sciences, the program is based on the long-standing teacher education sequence offered by the school through its B.S. in biological sciences program. The new program is the first undergraduate biological sciences teacher preparation degree program at a public university in Illinois.
The degree program includes 40 credit hours of biological sciences coursework, 23-24 credit hours of supporting science and mathematics coursework and 26 credit hours of professional education coursework, in addition to general education requirements. Enrollment in the program is expected to grow from approximately 110 students to approximately 150 students.