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BS/BSEd in Biology/Science Education

Combine a broad liberal arts education and pre-professional teacher training with the B.S./B.S.Ed. in Biology/Science Education.

The College of Education and UGA Department of Biology offer the program jointly, allowing you to earn both a biology degree and a degree in science education.

Schools across the country typically have a high demand for our graduates, who become certified to teach grades 6-12.


  1. Earn certification to teach biology in grades 6-12
  2. Benefit from extensive coursework in biology
  3. Field experiences in both middle and high school
  4. Keeps your options open for a career in scientific research


As a dual major, you will follow a program of study that includes introductory sequences of chemistry, and physics, upper-level courses in the biological sciences, and courses specific to education.

The B.S./B.S.Ed. in Biology/Science Education helps you develop a strong background in the sciences and science instruction through:

  • Coursework specific to science and science teaching
  • Introductory practical experiences in both middle and high school science classrooms
  • A full-time, semester-long student teaching experience at the level of your choice

Our program aligns closely with national standards, including those from the National Science Teachers Association and the Next Generation Science Standards.

The dual degree requires extensive coursework in biology. As a result, the program will likely take you longer than four years to complete. You will also need advisors in both the biology and science education programs to help guide you and ensure your success.

How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the B.S./B.S.Ed. in Biology/Science Education

Students may apply for admission to the science education major (in any emphasis area) as soon as they have completed Core Curriculum Areas I-V and begun to take courses in Core Area VI. A GPA of at least 3.0 is normally required for admission to the major and should be maintained through the completion of the program.

A minimum grade of C is required in all science and education courses. A minimum GPA of 2.5, absolutely without exception, is required to enroll in any science education course (including field experiences) and to be recommended for certification upon graduation.

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Deadline to Apply

  • February 15th

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Academic Advisors

Debbie Hargrave

B.S.Ed. Science Education

Student Outcome Data

2022-2023 Program Assessment (PDF)

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

We partner with school districts in Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Morgan, Barrow, Walton, Jackson, Hall, Oglethorpe and Gwinnett counties for practicum and student teaching placement.

UGA offers a student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association, and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend presentations at the annual meeting of the Georgia Science Teachers Association.

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