Biology Education, Associate in Science

Program Code: 0211


The Biology Education pathway begins your preparation to teach biology to high school students. Biology teachers are also required to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and obtain a Professional Educators License with a Biology endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Get started now by earning your associate degree from City Colleges, transfer to a four-year teacher certification program as a junior, and start a career in science education.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Biology Education. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

For information regarding teaching, licensure and certification requirements for the State of Illinois, please visit It is important to note that students must pass Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) test, or have 22 composite ACT score and minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion, or have a composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language for entrance into four-year College of Education institutions.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 207 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 1 5
BIOLOGY 121 Biology I 1 5
EDUC 101 Introduction To Education 2 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
BIOLOGY 122 Biology II 1 5
MATH 208 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II (or higher) 1 5
History of American People To 1865 1
or History of American People From 1865
Semester 3
Fine Arts course 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Earth Science course 2
Educational Psychology 2  
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I 1 5
ANTHRO 202 Cultural Anthropology (HD) 1 3
Semester 4
Humanities course 1 3
POL SCI 201 The National Government 2 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
CHEM 203 General Chemistry II 2 5
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.