School of
Integrative Biology

Undergraduate Degree Programs

IB plus Teaching Licensure

Your work and extracurricular activities indicate that you enjoy explaining ideas or have an interest in contributing to the improvement of our schools. If your passion is getting others excited about biology, teaching may be the path for you.

To become certified to teach biology in a public middle or high school, you can major in IB and earn teaching licensure through the Secondary Education Minor.


* Denotes course with laboratory component.

Introductory Courses

IB 150 Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
MCB 150 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life


Core Biology Courses

IB 202 Physiology*
IB 203 Ecology*
IB 204 Genetics*
IB 302 Evolution*

Additional advanced courses totaling a minimum of 14 hours at the 300- to 400-level are required. Course selection from the list of Courses for IB Major Advanced Hours must include:

1) One course from two of the following three areas:
Area I: Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
Area II: Behavior, Ecology, and the Environment
Area III: Integrative Anatomy, Physiology, and Molecular Biology
2) One course with a laboratory and/or field component


Supporting Courses

STAT 212 Biostatistics
MATH 220 or 221 Calculus
CHEM 102 General Chemistry I
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II
CHEM 105 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 232 Elementary Organic Chemistry
CHEM 233 Elementary Organic Chemistry Lab
PHYS 101 College Physics*
PHYS 102 College Physics*


Secondary Education Minor Courses

EDUC 201 Identity and Difference in Education
EDUC 202 Social Justice, School, & Society
CI 401 Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society
CI 403 Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population
CI 404 Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students
CI 473 Disciplinary Literacy
EPSY 201 Educational Psychology
EPSY 485 Assessing Student Performance
SPED 405 Gen Educator’s Role in SPED
EDPR 442 Educational Practice in Secondary Education

"IB has given me ample opportunities to learn how to be a great teacher.  Not only was I taught the curriculum well, but I got to observe some of the best teachers in action.  Plus, everyone is very helpful when it comes to reaching your goals."
Kristyn Klein

Additional Requirements

GEOL 107 Physical Geology

Select one:

  • ASTR 100 Perspectives in Astronomy
  • ASTR 210 General Astronomy


Details and Admission

For more detail on the Teaching Biology program and admission to the program, please visit:
http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/education/minors/teacher-education-secondary-school/
https://education.illinois.edu/programs/undergrad/programs-degrees/ci-sec-ug


For Additional Information

Email: las-teach@illinois.edu
Council on Teacher Education