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ODU's Life Science Education program prepares graduates to teach biology in grades 7-12.

Degree offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Life Science Education
Licensure offered:
  • Licensure in Life Science Education
See also: Students in this program complete a rigorous curriculum in the science of biology that emphasizes not only content knowledge but also critical thinking and laboratory skills. 
  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Life Science Education Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 BIO 202
    BIO 201 CHM 110
    CHM 109
    THL
    Required Elective (3) Social/Behavioral Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    Required Elective (1)
    BIO 203 Required Elective (2)
    CHM 229 EDU 220
    EDU 112 PHL
    PHL Art/Music/Theatre
      EDU 314 (1/2 semester) 
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    SCI 479
    BIO 366 BIO 330
    HST EDU 353
    EDU 346 EDU 410
    LNG 242 BIO 469
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENV 113 EDU 487
    SCI 102 EDU 488
    LIT
    Social/Behavioral Science

    THL
    Required Elective (1) – Choose one of the following: BIO 341, BIO 342

    Required Elective (2) – Choose one of the following: CHM 230, CHM 359

    Required Elective (3) – Choose one of the following: MTH 140, MTH 240

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S. or Licensure in Life Science Education
    Degree-seeking students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below. 

    Licensure-only studentt, those who completed a bachelor's degree prior to beginning this program, only need to complete the requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution 4*
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology 4*
    BIO 203 General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology 4*
    BIO 330 Ecology 4*
    BIO 366 Genetics 4*
    BIO 469 Cell & Molecular Biology 4*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    BIO 341 Human Anatomy 4*
    BIO 342 Human Physiology 4*
    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 4
    CHM 110 General Chemistry II 4
    CHM 229 Organic Chemistry I 4
    ENV 113 Geology 4
    SCI 102 Principles of Physics & Chemistry 3
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    CHM 230 Organic Chemistry II 4
    CHM 359 Analytical Chemistry 4
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    MTH 140 Intro to Statistics 3
    MTH 240 Calculus I 4
    Required Professional Education Courses

    Courses Credits
    EDU 112 Introduction to Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult 3
    EDU 220 Educational Psychology 3
    EDU 314 Content Area Reading 3
    EDU 346 Adolescence to Young Adult & Multi-Age Methods 3
    EDU 353 Adolescence to Young Adult Science Teaching Methods 3
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3
    EDU 410 Assessment & Technology for Teaching & Learning 3
    EDU 487 Supervised Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age 12
    EDU 488 Teaching Seminar: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age 1
    Total Credits Required 88-89

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA