Biology professional development - Higher Learning Commission

The Natural Science Department can help teachers meet the Higher Leaning Commission (HLC) Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices in Biology.

Metropolitan State University, an HLC accredited institution, is committed to excellence in teaching and learning.

Bridge the Gap in Your Professional Development

The Natural Sciences Department is now offering the following graduate level courses, which can be used to satisfy Higher Learning Commission's graduate credit requirements. Eligible students may take these classes as a non-degree seeking graduate student.

Current offerings can be found on our class schedule on Student eServices.

Next Steps

To register, or for more information, send a brief letter of introduction noting your work history and educational background to Professor Virginia Card and Professor Mark Asplen at

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Undergraduate degree in Biology or Life Sciences Teaching or equivalent coursework;
  • GPA of 3.0 or above within their major coursework; including at least one upper-division course in Ecology or similar with a grade of B or above.
  • Submitted unofficial transcript(s) documenting your degree and relevant course work by the application deadlines, June 30 for fall registration and November 15 for spring registration.

The department will notify you when your materials are received and within a couple weeks after receiving your unofficial transcripts, we will notify you of your status and next steps.

Come find out how Metropolitan State University Natural Science Department can help you achieve your learning goals.