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Explore the teaching - science, biology emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Make a positive impact on our environment and the next generation with a bachelor’s degree in our newly developed teaching - science, biology emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Rooted in research and exploration, the teaching - science, biology emphasis program includes opportunities to test ideas, make discoveries and gain professional teaching experience. Pursuing this degree will certify you to teach any science course, especially biology, in grades 4-12.

Through projects, labs and fieldwork, you'll gain the tools and skills needed to develop successful students. The opportunity to assist teachers in their classrooms throughout your four years — as well as student teach for a full semester — will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.

As a UW-Eau Claire teaching - science, biology emphasis major, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than just a degree. You'll use your knowledge and passion of the sciences to inspire future biologists. Your lessons might motivate students to find cures and vaccines for life-threatening diseases, discover new drought-resistant crops to fight hunger or reestablish a plant or animal species. The possibilities and opportunities are endless with a degree from UW-Eau Claire! 

Teaching - science, biology emphasis degree scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements. There are also additional scholarships reserved for students seeking a science teaching degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Michael Noll Memorial Scholarship awards $1,000 to a deserving student who is planning on becoming a biology teacher.

Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your science teaching degree. 

Learn more about our financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick facts

Teaching - science, biology emphasis program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. 
Student organizations
  • Biology Club
  • Conservationists
  • Molecular Movement
  • Reef Team
  • Tri-Beta Society
  • Aspiring Educators

Licensure information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
  4. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Teaching - science, biology emphasis bachelor’s degree program highlights

Real-world experience and preparation. UW-Eau Claire's teaching - science, biology emphasis degree program will help you feel prepared to lead a classroom full of young and passionate students. In your sophomore year, you will assist teachers in elementary, middle and secondary school learning environments to become acquainted with the responsibilities of teaching as well as gain a better understanding of how schools are organized. During your junior year, you will receive classroom teaching experience by serving as a Teaching Assistant. As a senior, you will apply your knowledge through a full semester of student teaching or interning.

Travel and service-learning opportunities. UW-Eau Claire provides additional student teaching opportunities in a variety of settings. You might participate in programming at the Aldine School District in Houston, Texas, or choose an intercultural immersion experience in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis or Milwaukee. For students interested in supporting high school students from low-income and first-generation families, UW-Eau Claire hosts an Upward Bound program on campus. Another service-learning option is our Reading Partners program, in which students work directly with a child or family to help improve literacy skills.

Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

Alternative career paths. Earning a teaching - science, biology emphasis degree from UW-Eau Claire offers job possibilities you may not have even thought of. Whether you pursue a career in teaching, developing curriculum or educating at a museum, you'll have the tools you need for a fulfilling career instilling a love of life and biology in others.


on-campus teaching laboratories


acres of natural area right on campus

What jobs can you get with a teaching - science, biology emphasis degree from UWEC?

Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach any science course in grades 4-12 in a regular education setting, including physics, chemistry, earth/space science and general science — with special expertise and in-depth knowledge of biology specifically.

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Teaching - science, biology emphasis bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire sets you up for success through experiential, interactive learning and real-world experience. Courses include opportunities to learn in our exceptional biology facilities and conduct cutting-edge research alongside expert faculty.

Classes for teaching - science, biology emphasis majors may include:

Learn more about the teaching science, biology emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog

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