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Teachers have unique opportunities to awaken in students a fascination with the study of life and living things. Bethel provides excellent facilities, equipment, and professors that allow students to discover, and gain a deeper appreciation of, the meaning found in the fabric of life along with the appropriate pedagogy to be inspiring teachers. All biology faculty members, in addition to being excellent teachers and scientists, champion both Christian faith and the truths found in biology.

Why should I study life science secondary education?

The B.A. in Life Science Secondary Education is a scientifically rigorous major that prepares students well to teach high school biology or any middle level science course. 

Our professors highly value their teaching and model how to teach biology. Our graduates have gained a reputation as highly qualified teachers. Opportunities for multiple field experiences and student teaching placements at both the middle and high school levels provide graduates with the skills to be successful. 

What skills will I develop?

Students majoring in the biological sciences learn specialized skills to use in their education programs and/or work after leaving Bethel including:

  • Experimental design and interpretation
  • Advanced microscopy
  • Small animal surgery
  • Electrophoresis
  • Immunohistochemistry and immuno-detection techniques
  • Cell culture
  • Sterile technique
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Microarray analysis and experimentation
  • Geographical information systems
  • Environmental field-testing techniques
  • Application of science to life questions
  • Use of quantitative reasoning
  • Collaboration and communication with others
  • The integration of Christian faith with science

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

All Biology majors conduct student research with professors or other experts in the area of research they choose. Bethel University’s unique location in the Twin Cities of Minnesota allows collaboration with multiple laboratory or field sites in the area easily accessed by students. All student research is presented at Bethel University’s Biology Department Research Symposium, but is also often presented at other prestigious sites such as:

  • The Minnesota Academy of Science
  • Regional or national meetings of the Sigma Zeta Science Honor Society
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Scientific journals

Our location adjacent to a large metropolitan area also allows multiple opportunities for students to obtain important research and clinical experience at neighboring clinics, hospitals, and nursing care facilities that will help them in pursuit of medical programs.

Our majors also have opportunities to study abroad through such opportunities as the Creation Care Study Program or the AuSable Institute, spend semesters at sea, or engage in fully funded Research Education Undergraduate (REUs) summer experiences. Such experiences will enhance and strengthen your teaching or other careers.

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biology students have received scholarships for summer research projects (in last decade)


National awards for Biology Honor Societies

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