Life Sciences Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree


Life Sciences Education prepares students to become secondary (Grades 7-12) teachers in the area of life sciences in the state of Arkansas. Students will be prepared to teach biology, anatomy and physiology, and other life science subject areas. Our program is fully certified by both the state of Arkansas and the NSTA (National Science Teaching Association). Most of the content preparation will take place in your first three years at Arkansas Tech University with your senior year being focused on secondary education.

In our program you will be working both with others in your field and with other future science teachers through our student chapter of the National Science Teaching Association. The need for well-prepared science teachers in our state has never been greater, and by completing our program you will be sought after by high schools, junior high schools and middle schools.

To become a life science teacher through ATU you must complete the course requirements for life science education, complete the testing requirements (at this time the requirements include a basic skills assessment, a content area test and a teaching skills exam) and complete your student teaching year.

Our students have had little or no difficulty in passing the national exams and completing the program. If you are interested in teaching in other states, our students have had little difficulty in transferring their credentials to other states.


HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Construct teaching units
  • Student teaching
  • Work with developing lab opportunities



  • Create units of learning and try out those units with students
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Develop models of understanding in biology
  • Learn to work with others

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • Junior High Science Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Atkins High School
  • Dover High School
  • Greenwood High School
  • Russellville High School

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Master's' degree in science education
  • Ph.D. in science education


Point of Pride

Our Life Science Education students have a 100% pass rate for state boards.


Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.