Life Science Education


Welcome to the Life Science Education Program at Grace College. Capable science teachers are greatly needed and sought after today. If you enjoy science and interacting with students, consider joining us. The Life Science major serves students interested in teaching life sciences at the secondary level.

The science curriculum supporting the B.A or B.S. in Life Science Education is divided into two areas, biology and chemistry-mathematics. The first includes traditional courses such as general biology, cell and molecular biology, animal biology and microbiology. Also included are general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics and math. The Life Science major requires one semester each of physics and organic chemistry. Specialized courses include environmental biology, anatomy and physiology, and genetics.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Life Science Education


Examples of courses in this major:

BIO 2510 Animal Biology

Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology and classification of major animal groups.

BIO 3110 Cellular and Molecular Biology

A study of the basic principles that guide cellular composition, organization and function. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the molecular mechanism that underlies cell function. Topics studied in the course include, but are not limited to, processes like energy extraction, membrane transport, flow of genetic information, cell surface communication, cell cycle and regulation, and cell division as well as the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells and cancer cells.

BIO 4210 Genetics

A study of both in-depth classical genetics and underlying molecular mechanisms; also genetic mechanisms and processes, recombination, genetic interaction, and gene regulation. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in molecular genetics. 

SED 1000 Teaching School in America

An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.

SED 4660 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science

A study of the curriculum and methods of teaching science at the secondary level.