Biology 9-Adult

Teaching changes lives. It is a rewarding profession that makes a difference. Well-prepared science and mathematics teachers are some of the most sought after in our state and nation’s middle and high schools and are vital to making a positive impact for future generations.

The Secondary STEM Education teacher preparation pathway at WVU is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in science and/or mathematics, improve their practice as educators, and earn a secondary (middle and/or high school) teaching certification—all while pursuing a 4-year degree in a STEM field. This gives graduates the flexibility to pursue a career in middle or high school teaching, or to pursue non-teaching jobs or graduate programs in their field.

Students in the Secondary STEM Education pathway as part of their STEM degree will take coursework in education and field-based experiences in school classrooms, some of which helps satisfy General Education Foundations (GEF) requirements and other degree requirements. Students will continue to take the courses and other requirements as part of their STEM degree, though with some slight variations.

Advisors in the STEM degrees will be able to support students who are interested in the Secondary STEM Education pathway. Students should also contact the WVU School of Education in the College of Applied Human Sciences for more information on the pathway and its requirements.

Students seeking Biology 9-Adult teaching certification complete the Biology B.A. or B.S. major requirements and the following (27 hours). The Secondary STEM Education curriculum can be completed within the 120 hours required for graduation with a B.A. or B.S. in Biology:

WVUTeach: Biology 9-Adult

ARSC 120Inquiry Approaches to Teaching1
ARSC 220Inquiry-Based Lesson Design1
UTCH 221Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science (GEF 4)3
UTCH 322Classroom Interactions in Math and Science3
UTCH 420Project-Based Instruction in Mathematics and Science3
UTCH 430Apprentice Teaching in Math and Science10
MATH 318Perspectives on Mathematics and Science (GEF 5)3
BIOL 376LResearch Methods Laboratory3
Total Hours27

Additional Coursework for Non-Biology Majors

Select one of the following:4-8
General Biology 1
and General Biology 1 Laboratory
and General Biology 2
and General Biology 2 Laboratory
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
Introductory Physiology
and Introductory Physiology Laboratory
The Living Cell
and The Living Cell Laboratory
Ecology and Evolution
Biology B.S. Electives9-12
Select 3 hours from Cell and Molecular Biology *
Select 3 hours from Organismal Biology **
Select 3 hours from Evolution and Ecology ***
Additional Coursework24
Select one of the following sequences:
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
Earth Through Time
and Earth Through Time Laboratory
Select one of the following sequences:
Introductory Physics 1
and Introductory Physics 1 Laboratory
and Introductory Physics 2
and Introductory Physics 2 Laboratory
General Physics 1
and General Physics 1 Laboratory
and General Physics 2
and General Physics 2 Laboratory
General Physics 2
Conceptual Physics
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1

Please see Biology B.S. page for more information regarding these requirements.


The following courses may fulfill this requirement: EXPH 386, EXPH 387, PALM 301, ANPH 301, ANPH 424, WMAN 330, or WMAN 426. These are not included in the Organismal Biology requirement in the Biology B.S. program.


The following courses may fulfill this requirement: BIOL 301, BIOL 338, BIOL 361, BIOL 363, BIOL 420, BIOL 455, BIOL 461, BIOL 463, BIOL 464, BIOL 477, AEM 401, GEOL 331, WMAN 313, WMAN 314, WMAN 425, or WMAN 446. These are not included in the Evolution and Ecology Biology requirement in the Biology B.S. program.