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Biology Education Major

Breathing Life into Education

Are you called to pass on your knowledge of biology? A degree in Biology Education will train you to educate youth in the wonders of creation. The Biology Science Education major is designed to prepare you as both a biologist and as a middle or high school teacher. The various classes you take from the core Biology curriculum will thoroughly train you in cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, developmental biology, and ecology, giving Biology Education majors the option to pursue teaching college biology classes or finding another biology career.

By the time you graduate, you will have already taught a full semester of biology to real students, either domestically or abroad, in two different schools and grade levels.

From Our Classroom to Yours

Education courses will teach you to create a classroom atmosphere suitable for Biology students to learn and grow. You will master essential classroom procedures, such as lesson structures, student engagement, discipline, forms and approaches of assessment, and classroom management. By performing research-oriented labs with state-of-the-art lab equipment and learning lab fundamentals, our Biology Education majors also will be ready to create and conduct their own labs. Additionally, you will learn how communicate scientific concepts relative to students’ grade level and learning development.

Both education and biology will come together when you learn to address moral and ethical interactions between science and society and explain difficult scientific concepts to students who might not be scientifically wired.

Biology Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Biology Department

Jan Reber, Department Chair & Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor

Charity Bailey, Assistant to the School of Natural & Applied Sciences

Special Programs
  • Health Professions Advising

    Receive assistance toward entering a health-related profession that requires professional- or graduate-level training in the medical sciences. Taylor’s Health Science Coordinator advises students and helps them practice entrance exams and interviews. Learn More

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

    Develop the skills to teach English as a second language to a diverse range of students. Complete the TESOL program with a significant amount of practical experience that will set you up for success. Learn More

Biology Department
A Faithful Study of Living Things

Taylor’s Biology department exposes its students to advanced biology internships, research in cell and molecular biology, biology courses focused on current scientific trends, and a breadth of real-world experiences guaranteed to prepare them for a career in biology or further education in graduate school. Whether you’re pursuing biology education, biology research, or medical school, dental school, or another pre-professional school, Taylor’s Biology faculty will actively advise you one-on-one to help you choose the best long-term path.

Because our Biology professors are wildly diverse, including a molecular biologist, cell biologist, physiologist, zoologist, and science education specialist, each faculty member will engage and uniquely challenge you to relate your education to your Christianity.

Growing Outside the Classroom

Taylor’s Biology department offers numerous ways to grow professionally outside of the classroom, including:

  • Alpha Pi Iota
    This pre-healthcare club facilitated by a practicing medical doctor allows you to focus on medical ethics, prepare for the MCAT, share summer research experiences, hear from health care professionals, and talk about graduate-level health care programs.
  • State and National Conferences
    Our students not only attend biology education and research conferences, such as the Annual Global Missions Health Conference and the Experimental Biology Conference, but every year Biology students can present their own research at the Indiana Academy of Science’s annual meeting.
  • On-site Undergraduate Research Program
    Complete research projects in microscopy, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and animal behavior and physiology under the mentorship of Biology faculty. Recent projects have included research on cell culturing, bone remodeling, and Drosophila (fruit fly) genetics.
  • Health Professions Advising
    Get personalized guidance during your time at Taylor as you prepare for professional or graduate school, whether medical, dental, veterinary, or other. Schedule an appointment to talk with the Health Science Coordinator during your Taylor visit.
Planting Seeds Around the World

To help Biology students expand their horizons, Biology faculty and other science professors host numerous trips that allow students to study biology abroad. Explore national landmarks like the Black Hills region of South Dakota or the Rocky Mountains, or travel internationally on medical missions trips or with health outreach programs. Gain real experience working with in the industry as a hospital intern, field biologist or wildlife biologist, or research biologist.

Life After Taylor
Career Opportunities

Taylor Biology grads have been hired by major hospitals, the U.S. government, and high-profile national organizations, such as Mayo Clinic, Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Pharmaceutical, World Vision, and Medair.

With a BS or BA in Biology, you could pursue a variety of life science careers, including genetic counselor, botanist, forester, zoologist, and biological technician, among others. Biology Education majors will be equipped to pursue one of these biology careers or a career as a high school biology teacher or middle school science teacher.

Graduate Programs

Graduates of the Biology department have also been accepted to some of the nation’s premier graduate and medical schools, including:

  • Boston University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Jan Reber

Department Chair & Professor of Biology and Allied Health Advisor



Brian Dewar

Assistant Professor of Biology


Elizabeth Hasenmyer

Assistant Professor of Biology


Grace Miller

Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences


John Moore

Professor of Biology & Director of Taylor's Ecuador Program


Jeff Regier

Professor of Biology, Pre-Med Advisor, & Au Sable Institute Campus Representative



Charity Bailey

Assistant to the School of Natural & Applied Sciences