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MS in Biology - Education

Students seeking to develop the advanced knowledge and instructional skills needed to teach biology at the postsecondary level could benefit from Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Education program. Keep reading to learn more about this degree.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of this master's degree program must have an academic background in an area such as biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or genetics or a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in biology. An undergraduate degree and one year of general biology coursework is also acceptable. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's master's degree programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

After enrolling in the Master of Science in Biology - Education program at Grand Canyon University, students could have the opportunity to delve into advanced topics in such areas as cell biology and phylogenetics while also taking courses designed to help them develop an understanding of teaching and curriculum development strategies. Core courses provide studies in topics like global ecology, gene activity, human physiology, virus pathologies, immune responses, and biochemical principles. In addition, students can take courses addressing lesson planning, assessment methods, instructional design, adult learning theory, and pedagogical strategies for postsecondary teaching. This program is designed to help prepare students to teach in both traditional on-campus and distance learning environments.

Learning Format:

Online and evening

Program Length:

34 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Education:

The curriculum of this master's degree program consists of eight science education courses and an introductory course in graduate studies. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (34 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • A Comprehensive Overview of Phylogenetics and Ecology
  • A Comprehensive Overview of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Effective Pedagogy for Higher Education
  • Concepts of Human Physiology I
  • Concepts of Human Physiology II
  • Curricular and Instructional Methods in Higher Education
  • Concepts of Medical Microbiology
  • Concepts of Biochemistry

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Following graduation from this MS degree program, students who wish to take on advanced roles at a college or university could need to obtain a doctoral degree. A doctorate might also be needed for careers in biological research. Available degree programs include:

  • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning
  • PhD in Biological Sciences
  • PhD in Biology

Career Paths:

The MS in Biology - Education program is designed to strengthen students' understanding of biological processes and concepts and develop their teaching skills so that they can pursue instructional positions in a variety of postsecondary settings. Graduates might seek employment as biology teachers or instructors in:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Community colleges
  • Junior colleges
  • Research institutions

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