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Prepare to teach middle and high school students about the world around them through our program in science education.

You will study education and your chosen area of emphasis, spend a semester student teaching, and earn certification to teach that subject in grades 6-12.

For students interested in teaching high school biology, middle school life science, and high school elective courses including botany, environmental science, and human anatomy and physiology.

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

Through our science education program, you will gain a foundation in teaching science to middle and high school students.


  1. Earn certification to teach biology in grades 6-12
  2. Benefit from extensive coursework in your science content field
  3. Participate in field experiences in both middle and high school
  4. Earn certification to teach science in grades 6-12 in Georgia


We prepare future science teachers by combining the latest curriculum and teaching practice research, deep study in an area of emphasis, and in-classroom experience. Some courses are held in local science classrooms to enrich your experience.

The BSEd in Science Education helps you develop a strong background in the sciences and science instruction through:

  • Coursework specific to science and science teaching
  • Specified courses and labs in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, evolutionary biology, and ecology
  • 6-8 hours of biology-related electives
  • 1-3 hours of general electives

  • 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

BS Biology/BSED Science Education Program of Study BSED Program of Study

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

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The Science Education major typically has a cohort size of 20 students per year. Prior to application to the full major, you should a) be in the Intended major in Athena and b) consult with the Science Education advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Advising. They can counsel you in how to arrange your program of study prior to application so that you are well-positioned for enrollment if accepted.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Overall minimum grade point average of 2.5, GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • Completion of General Education Core Areas I-V, Area VI courses completed or in-progress
  • Completion of CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L or CHEM 1312H, CHEM 1312L or MATH 2260, and PHYS 1111-1111L or PHYS 1211-1211L (courses can be in progress) with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or higher before entrance to professional course sequence block
  • Grade of "C" or higher in Area VI EDUC/EPSY courses
  • All teacher education candidates must earn a grade of B or higher in the exceptional children course requirements for certification. (SPED 4020, 4030 etc.)
  • Passing score on or exemption of the GACE Program Admissions Assessment (read details about the exam and exemption)
  • Completion of a) Federal and Georgia Constitution and b) U.S. and Georgia History University requirements by the end of the semester of application or enrollment in the professional course sequence

Note: You may only take the exemption exams for these subjects a certain number of times. Please consult with the UGA Testing Center to ensure your timeline works.

Course Pre-Requisites to Note

  • CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L or CHEM 1311H, CHEM 1311L
  • Life Science elective satisfied by completion of BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L or BIOL 2107H, BIOL 2107L for biology emphasis.
  • MATH 1113 and MATH 2250
  • PHYS 1111-1111L or PHYS 1211-1211L is a prerequisite for required courses in the Chemistry and Physics Areas of Emphasis.
  • CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L or CHEM 1312H, CHEM 1312L should be taken in Area VI for Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science Areas of Emphasis.
  • MATH 2260 should be taken in Area VI for the Physics Area of Emphasis.

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 Initial Certification Program in Science Education

You may initiate the move to the full initial certification program in Science Education major (as opposed to the Intended major) after satisfactory completion of Areas I-VI of the General Education Core Curriculum and meeting minimum the eligibility requirements (courses for Area VI may be in-progress at time of application).

Your advisor will verify that you have met the eligibility criteria and assist if you have questions about adding the full major. Please fill out the short application below. If you are in the process of completing any required core course work, you may be provisionally accepted contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required courses while maintaining the required minimum 2.5 GPA for admission.

Application Deadline

  • Applications for the fall 2021 cohort are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15th, 2021.

Application Materials

Special Requirements Upon Admission

  • To progress in the professional coursework sequence block, you must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
  • Teacher certification candidates must a) Earn a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate prior to beginning field experience and b) Complete several assessments prior to certification.

Enrollment Contacts

BSED Program Application FAQs

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

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

Student Life

Science education majors of all emphases come together as a cohort during their senior year, forming close relationships and even lifelong friendships.

Students can join the campus chapter of the National Science Teachers Association, and undergraduate students regularly make presentations at the annual meeting of the Georgia Science Teachers Association.

Courses are taught both on campus and in local classrooms for meaningful classroom engagement and experiences.

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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