If you are interested in teaching science at the high school level should consider this degree. Be aware the number of credit hours required for a Bachelor of Science in Biology is greater than what is required for most other degree programs. If you are considering this option, you should be aware that a master's degree (education/science field) may be required for career advancement. If you are well prepared, you can graduate with this degree in four to five years.
Special Services and Opportunities
The sciences faculty associated with the biology secondary education program are committed to responsible academic advising. As this degree is in the Department of Biology, you'll have the opportunity to volunteer/participate in faculty research laboratories or field projects, and work on a variety of organisms, ranging from bacteria, to plants, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds or mammals. Upper-division students with a high GPA also have an opportunity to gain experience teaching a lower-division lab. Also, as a general biology student you'll have the opportunity to regularly work (work-study or student hire) in the laboratories, or in the Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro Natural History Museum.
Service and Mutual Interest Organizations
Although there is no specific club for the biology secondary education students there are student-run clubs within the department, including the Caduceus Society (for students with interests in medical or medical-related careers) and the ENMU Fish and Wildlife Club for those with interests in conservation and ecology. You may become a member, if nominated, of Sigma Xi: the Scientific Research Society, where you can apply for funding for research projects. If you excel academically, you'll be initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is one of the largest honor societies in the world.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Eastern New Mexico University is committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers school scholarships. Additionally, many Eastern New Mexico University students work part-time jobs on campus and in the Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro Natural History Museum to help finance their education.
There is a shortage of science teachers at the secondary level throughout New Mexico, and around the United States. This means there is an excellent chance you will get a job once you have completed your student teaching. In addition to guidance provided by advisors and the department, Career Services offers free job placement assistance to all students.
High School Courses
Students interested in secondary education should include as many mathematics, science, and English courses as possible in their high school curriculum.
Additional Degree Information
View our degree plans to find additional information about the Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Secondary Education Degree Plan, including the courses you will take when you're a biology major at Eastern.