Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education; Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Biology Education Bachelor’s Degree Program Overview

Four year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Biology Education bachelor’s degree program will prepare you for a career as a secondary teacher or to pursue graduate study. In the undergraduate biology education program, you will gain a broad knowledge base in the biological sciences, learn to communicate effectively, and develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

Biology education majors must apply to both the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences. The biology education program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Biology Education Program Highlights

The degree in Biology Education consists of 135 semester hours in coursework in both education and the sciences. The program is designed to give students a broad foundation.

Through classroom and hands-on learning, the Biology Education bachelor’s degree program provides skills and experience you can apply directly to your career:

  • Gain leadership experience outside the classroom through a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Learn to apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to work and life.
  • Work in small classes alongside world-class faculty who bring professional experience to their classrooms.


Biology Education graduates will:

  • Be able to effectively communicate in both written and oral formats
  • Demonstrate a broad, relevant knowledge base in biological science
  • Exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to search for and access academic sources of information, to synthesize the information, and to evaluate it for relevance and reliability
  • Demonstrate technical skills appropriate to their professions
  • Recognize the role of the individual and society in understanding and improving the natural environment
  • Be competitive in securing employment in secondary education

Career Outlook for Biology Education Majors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of High School teachers is expected to grow 6% from 2012 to 2022, and many schools report difficulty filling teaching positions for certain subjects, including math and science (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, High School Teachers).

With a bachelor’s degree in biology education, you can pursue careers in a wide range of fields related to science and education, including, biology, secondary education, elementary education, anatomy, and pre-med.

Required courses:

ENG 121; COM 110; BIO 103, 106, 311; CHE 111, 112; PHY 203, 304; MAT 204, 209; SCI 201; EDU 200 or 202, 295, 301, 310, 320, 365, 367, 379, 401, 411, 421, 423, 442; PSY 201; PSY 205; ALU 499. Please review the requirements for Middle School Endorsement if that option is intended. (For Middle School Endorsement, PSY 332 is required.)

Elective courses: 

Students must take five additional biology courses selected from three areas of study to complete the major. These electives are in addition to  the required biology courses and must total a minimum of 20 semester hours.

Recommended as electives:

BIO 309, 330, 354, and 422

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisor: Dr. Christine Fleischacker

To learn more about the Biology Education bachelor’s degree program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at 800-288-6279.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology education, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: