Science Education

Waterfall in McCollum science hall


Middle/Junior High School Science-Teaching, B.A.

All Sciences-Teaching, B.A.


Basic Science (K-8)-Teaching, B.A.

(Click major/minor/certificate title to see typical courses for the program)

Degree programs
Middle/junior high school science, B.A. -teaching

This major is intended for students who wish to teach science at the middle school or junior high school level. The program will lead to Iowa endorsement in general science and physical science.

All sciences, B.A. -teaching

This major is intended for students who wish to be prepared to teach science at the secondary level in all areas of science. The program will lead to Iowa endorsements in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, general science and physical science.

Basic science minor (K-6), B.A. -teaching

For those pursuing K-6 general classroom teacher licensure with an endorsement in basic science (K-6)


Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as a science education major in the Plan of Study.


Graduates of this program have taken positions in middle schools, junior high schools and high schools throughout the country. Approximately two-thirds of the recent graduates hold teaching positions, one-half in Iowa and the others mainly in neighboring states or in the south, particularly in Texas. After several years of teaching experience, some graduates have taken positions in international schools.

Unique Features: 
  • Outstanding faculty involved in both their science discipline and in science education

  • Interdepartmental science methods courses and methods courses in specific disciplines

  • Emphasis on field experiences with a variety of field experiences over several years at local public schools

  • Variety of student teaching sites including 12 centers in Iowa plus one each in Omaha; San Antonio; and Okinawa, Japan; as well as other international sites

  • Active student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association with many activities, including trips to regional and national professional science-teaching conferences

  • Housed in McCollum Science Hall, the Biology Research Complex and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, with extensive, well-equipped lecture halls and laboratory classrooms with multimedia capability

  • Unique outdoor classrooms provided by the UNI Biological Preserves System, 160 acres of native and reconstructed prairies and forests

  • Two greenhouses featuring tropical, desert and propagating rooms

  • Scanning electron microscope

  • State-of-the-art teaching and research equipment in molecular and cellular biology, immunology, video image analysis, and environmental measurements

  • Summer classes at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in northwest Iowa

  • A nationally listed herbarium with over 45,000 plant specimens

  • Insect collection with thousands of specimens

  • Vehicles (vans and truck) for field trips, research and visits to graduate and professional schools

Scholarships & Awards: 

Incoming freshmen in science teaching may compete for full-tuition Teacher Education Scholarships through the College of Education and for Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium Scholarships through the College of Natural Sciences.

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.