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B.S. in Adolescence Education: Biology (Grades 7 - 12)

Students in Biology ClassroomThe Bachelor of Science program in Adolescence Education: Biology at LIU Post prepares a new generation of biology teachers to cultivate and enhance student success in biology comprehension and application. This program equips you with the skills, knowledge and foundation to motivate middle and high school students at various skill levels to learn the fundamentals of science, the environment, living organisms, experimentation and research. The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels (7 to 9 and 10 to 12), allowing you to observe certified teachers, interact with students, and understand the adolescent mindset as it relates to social studies.

After you complete the degree requirements (131 credits) and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach biology to grades 7 to 12.

The Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: Biology is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.

Teaching Methods

To prepare you for the classroom environment, your coursework will emphasize mastery of content in biology education, effective teaching techniques, innovative lesson planning, motivation strategies and student assessment. Your education classes will examine ways that you can use your knowledge to teach biology effectively to young students to maximize learning outcomes. You will learn how to understand the intellectual, physical and emotional development of teenagers; to encourage peer cooperation and collaboration; to foster student self-esteem and moral development; and to empower parents. You will explore issues of race, ethnicity and gender in biology education for both the general adolescence population and at-risk students. You will learn how to assist a young person in developing the skills to achieve science comprehension and to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge and learning. LIU Post teacher education students enjoy close personal contact with faculty who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of highly skilled teachers.

Biology Concentration

As a Biology education major, you will be prepared to introduce the science of living organisms to students in grades 7 to 12. You will study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying processes fundamental to all life: energy utilization, growth, development and reproduction. You will explore the evolutionary and ecological principles that govern the interaction of all living things, including such topics as population growth, natural selection, animal behavior and food webs. You will learn how to read and interpret scientific papers, how knowledge is acquired and presented in the laboratory sciences, and how to communicate such knowledge to young students. In addition to a thorough grounding in the life sciences, you will strengthen your understanding of the disciplines that play a crucial role in biological investigations: math, chemistry and physics. To learn more about our programs and faculty, visit the Department of Biology Web site.

For over a half century, LIU Post has been offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers for the classroom. We focus on meeting the needs of contemporary schools, families and communities. Our teacher education programs are widely recognized for their quality, and rank among the most requested majors at LIU Post.

Program Highlight:

LIU Post has established partnerships with more than 65 schools on Long Island and Queens, providing education majors with a wide range of potential sites for student-teaching.