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The Adolescence Education in Biology degree prepares students to teach Biology to middle and high school students, and leads to New York State certification in grades 7-12. Fredonia's coursework will also help you advance towards dual certification; a coveted component on a professional resume.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia's program is nationally recognized by the National Science Teaching Association, with an emphasis on giving our students practical classroom experiences as first-year students. Fredonia's College of Education, Health Sciences, and Human Services is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by New York State Education Department. You will build your teaching knowledge, skills, and confidence throughout the program, and become a student teacher in middle and high school placements the final semester.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2024, federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to make a determination whether a Title IV eligible academic program that leads to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the U.S. State where the institution is located and the U.S. States where “distance education” students are located at the time of initial enrollment in the program, as well as U.S. States where the program is advertised as meeting such requirements, and if applicable, the U.S. State where students attest they intend to be licensed/certified. The Adolescence Education: Biology, (B.S.) program at SUNY-Fredonia is registered by the New York State Education Department and thus meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification for New York State. Through a good faith effort, and for the purpose of complying with the federal regulation, we have determined that Adolescence Education: Biology, (B.S.) program at SUNY-Fredonia meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following U.S. States: New York State however, it is important to note that SUNY-Fredonia is not the licensure/certification authority in these U.S. States and cannot assess whether an individual candidate will be issued a license/certificate in these U.S. States and instead it is incumbent on each individual candidate to contact the licensure/certification authority in the applicable U.S. State for any further guidance on the requirements for licensure/certification requirements and application processes. 

Career Opportunities for Biology: Adolescence Education

  • Science teachers
  • Science instruction in museums or zoos


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

BIOL 237 - Genetics

The principles of genetic analysis and the nature of the gene. The course will cover Mendelian and molecular genetics.

BIOL 243 - Organismal Biology

The goal of the course is to develop an expanded knowledge of organismal biology. Coverage will include evolution, population genetics, and taxonomy.

BIOL 333 - Biochemistry

The structure and function of proteins and the regulation of metabolic pathways will be the central concepts presented in the course.

Why Adolescence Education in Biology at Fredonia?

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Freshman Experience

The ‘Studying for Success’ course helps students develop time management, organizational and study skills. Required lectures and labs are kept small to ensure students can work closely with their instructors.

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Dual Certification

In addition to biology coursework, other required program courses in chemistry, physics and math may lead to options for a minor in another STEM area, which is useful for dual certification and job prospects.

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Qualified faculty

Faculty come from world-renowned universities, and teach the same classes at Fredonia that are taught at those schools.

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