About this program
NOTE: As of summer 2018 the Natural Sciences Department has temporarily suspended admission into this major. Current students will not be impacted by this suspension and able to progress within their major.
The life sciences teaching major provides students with the science content coursework necessary for obtaining the Minnesota Science Teaching License with Life Science Specialty. This license provides certification to teach life science classes in grades 9-12 and science classes in grades 5-8 including earth science and physical science. Students seeking licensure must complete the Life Sciences Education program (see Student licensure related information) which includes the Life Sciences Teaching Major and additional requirements and coursework through the university's School of Urban Education.
The Life Sciences Teaching major provides a broad foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and mathematics followed by advanced study in biology.
This program is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Education and Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) to meet the content standards associated with teaching licensure in this subject area.
Students will be able to:
- Read, analyze, present and interpret quantitative data More specifically, students will be able to:
- Read and interpret a graph
- Choose the graph type appropriate for a given data set
- Construct a graph from quantitative data
- Evaluate the results of a statistical test presented in terms of sample size and p-value
- Demonstrate competence in Cell and Molecular Biology More specifically, students will be able to:
- Describe in detail the structure of DNA and the process of gene expression
- Explain and apply the principles of genetic inheritance, mutation and DNA repair
- Apply knowledge of cell structure to cell function
- Demonstrate competence in Ecology and Evolution More specifically, students will be able to:
- Apply the principles of Hardy-Weinberg analysis to population genetics data
- Apply the principles of exponential growth to population data
- Calculate and interpret species richness and an index of biodiversity from ecological community data
- Demonstrate competence in Organismal and Physiological Biology More specifically, students will be able to:
- Apply the principle of structure-function to organismal traits
- Read and interpret a phylogenetic diagram
- Create a phylogenetic diagram given a set of character data