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Biology Teaching

The Biology Teaching option is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach Biology in grades 5-12.

Biology Teaching – B.S. in Biological Sciences, Biology Teaching Emphasis

Housed within Montana State’s Department of Ecology as an option within the Biological Sciences major, Biology Teaching provides a solid education in biology and basic sciences with professional preparation courses required for state teacher certification. Graduates will gain a clear understanding of natural and human-related processes within ecosystems, learn the basic principles of plant and animal ecology and be qualified to teach secondary school biology.

The Biological Sciences major offers three additional Options Within the Major: Conservation Biology & Ecology, Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management and Organismal Biology. Additionally, as well as the teaching major, Biology (5-12) is available as a teaching minor.


The Department of Ecology conducts research for over 50 federal and state agencies and NGOs in Montana, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and around the world, including eastern Africa and Antarctica.


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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.

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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Biology Teaching students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Middle School Teaching
  • High School Teaching
  • Tutoring

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.