The Northwest Difference
Biology Education majors at Northwest study the curricular content as well as methods to apply it into a classroom. This major prepares students to teach all biology courses at the secondary education level (grades 9-12). For students wanting to teach in rural schools, the Unified Science: Biology major is available. This major allows students to teach entry level courses in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science in grades 9-12.
Students take courses in the biology curriculum that focus on botany, zoology, physiology, cell (molecular) biology or bio-chemistry, evolution and diversity, genetics and ecology. Faculty incorporate practical teaching knowledge where students learn to implement a curriculum in the classroom, create a positive classroom environment, methods of effective communication, and techniques of assessing learner’s progress in the classroom.
More than 98% of students who graduate with a degree biology education obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation.
- Students with a major in Biology Education mostly teach at the high school level in urban schools.
- Students with a major in Unified Science: Biology mostly teach at the high school level in rural schools.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Professors at Northwest are committed to providing students with profession-based learning experiences. A few examples are:
Content practicum is a trimester-long required practicum during which students prepare labs for instructors and teach two lab classes at Northwest.
Education practicum courses are “clinical hours” in a high school where students observe, teach and assist high school teachers. One semester of observation occurs at a high school of the student’s choice.
Student teaching is a semester-long placement in grades 9-12 during a student’s senior year. During this time, they observe teachers and professionals, prepare lesson plans and teach consecutive lessons.
Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA) offers more than 320 acres of land dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities for students.
Horace Mann Laboratory School is a clinical teaching environment for students to gain profession-based opportunities and skills without leaving the Northwest campus.
Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.