Students in the Lab

Teaching Science

Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Do you want to impact the lives of students, specifically through science? If so, we’re here to help you accomplish your mission. The science teaching program at Anderson University is designed to give students a well-rounded education with plenty of hands-on experience, ensuring they are beyond prepared to enter and manage the classroom.

In this program, you’ll spend three years immersed in a subject that you love like biology, chemistry, or physical science, earning a 3-year bachelor’s degree. You’ll then have the option to apply to AU’s 12-month transition to teaching program and pursue licensure for secondary education, with a cohort of other passionate future educators, just like you.

Program Overview

Science Teaching Plan

3+1 Academic Path

Unique to the science teaching program, students spend three years in our robust science curriculum, and their final year within our transition to teaching program. 

Choose Your 3-Year Major:

  • BA in Biology
  • BA in Chemistry

Transition to Teaching: Following the 3-year major, this 12-month program offers students learning and practicum experiences that are necessary to meet state requirements for teacher certification. Science teaching students graduate as fully licensed science teachers upon completion of this program. In many science education programs at other colleges, students often do not get a full bachelor’s degree in their science field. At AU, your knowledge within your chosen area of science will not be compromised.



3-Year Degree

Your science courses will be dependent upon your subject area/major of choice. View the course lists required for biology, chemistry, or physical science.

Transition to Teaching Program

  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Educational Assessment for the Classroom Teacher
  • Management, Organization, & Methods in the Secondary Classroom
  • Student Teaching

Practical Experience

Our students have the option to work as paid lab assistants to department faculty. These experiences not only prepare students for the classroom, but help them process and experience the practical side of teaching science. For example, our students have the opportunity to:

  • Help facilitate laboratory experiments
  • Prepare for and ensure student safety in the labs
  • Teach science during AU’s annual homeschool science camp 

Students also receive immersive classroom experience during the transition to teaching program. AU’s science teaching graduates enter the field of education having gained a foundation of Christ-like servant leadership values and character development, integrated within a holistic, liberal arts program.



What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Our students choose a traditional biology, chemistry, or physical science major for their 3-year degree. If choosing to continue with the full 3+1 program, students will have a variety of career options available to them upon graduation, such as:

  • Earth Science Teachers
  • Biology Teachers
  • Chemistry Teachers
  • Physical Science Teachers
  • Physics Teachers
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • After-School Program Coordinators
  • Camp Directors
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Instructional Planners
  • Lab Instructors
  • Museum Directors
  • Additional career opportunities related to the student’s 3-year degree


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