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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Life Science Teaching

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Department Biological Sciences
College Science, Engineering & Technology
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS
Program Description Science teachers increase their students' understanding of our physical world and an awareness of our impact on it. They also provide their students the background necessary to continue their preparation for careers in science and technology.
The State of Minnesota grants science teacher licensure for grades 5-8 general science, 9-12 Chemistry, 9-12 Earth Science, 9-12 Life Science, and 9-12 Physics. Students earning a degree from MSU will qualify for two licenses (1) 5-8 general science and (2) 9-12 specialty.
A minor is not required for any of the science teaching programs; however, to broaden one's teaching opportunities, double majors are encouraged. For further details, the student should check with one of the science teaching advisors for an overview of available opportunities.
Admission Requirements All students working toward a 5-12 or K-12 teaching degree must be admitted to professional education prior to enrollment in Block 2 coursework. Application to professional education should be made when the following requirements have been met:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • evidence of registration for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) Basic Skills Exam.
  • enrollment in or completion of KSP 220
  • "C" grade in ENG 101
  • "C" grade in General Education Math

The Life Science Teaching program requires the 31 credit general core and the 36 credit life science emphasis. In addition, students must complete a 30 credit professional education component and the 3 credit Drug Education course.
Other Requirements Students majoring in 5-12 and K-12 education must demonstrate competencies in the arts, communications, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, sciences, social sciences, and multicultural and global perspectives. They must also demonstrate competency in health related issues, including drug use and misuse. Students are strongly advised to visit with the College of Education Student Relations Coordinator for assistance in selecting general education coursework to meet these competencies.
For detailed admission information and necessary forms for each program in the College of Education, see
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Biological Sciences
242 Trafton Science Center South
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2786
Fax: 507-389-2788
Email: Department Chair
College Advising College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
Trafton C-125
College of Education Advising
Mymique Baxter, Student Relations Coordinator
117 Armstrong Hall

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