Washington University in St Louis

University College in cooperation with the School of Medicine

Biology for Science Teachers


One Brookings Drive / Campus Box 1079

Washington University

Saint Louis, MO 63130

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S., Master of Science in Biology for Science Teachers

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Faculty created and piloted this degree with 90 biology teachers as a National Science Foundation teacher institute. Barbara Schaal, Mary-Dell Chilton distinguished professor in biology, and Victoria L. May, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences, used a blend of current research in life sciences and in education to design the program. Using the NSF program as its benchmark, the M.S. in Biology degree is now available and open to teachers nationwide. Schaal, a leading researcher in the nutrition and evolution of plant crops, is also the vice president of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Her interest in helping all students understand the interconnectedness of living systems led to her involvement with the program. Biology faculty who teach in the program use their own and related current research in the courses to demonstrate importance of scientific issues to the global community. The two-year program is designed to fit the schedules of working teachers. It will consist of two summer institutes, three weeks each, in residence at Washington University. The remaining coursework during the academic years will be completed online. Summer housing is available for out of town students and included in the cost of the program. The degree program will be offered in alternating years, beginning with summer 2011. Teachers in the program continue working together throughout the summer and online courses, using social media to develop a professional networking group. Teachers interested in the program must submit applications through University College, call (314) 935-6700. Official transcripts of all previous college work must be submitted with your application. (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work and degrees granted); (University College can request the transcript(s) on your behalf, click here for the transcript release form) Benefits •Earn a Master of Science in Biology from Washington University in two years while continuing to work at your current job. •Learn from top life science faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, one of the most prominant research universities in the country. •Gain skills to build your department as a team and acquire nationwide contacts with colleagues who are working to strengthen biology education. •Spend two three-week summer sessions at Washington University's main campus, participating in courses with renowned faculty. Housing and on-campus meals are included in the program cost. •Participate in professional networks to keep in touch with colleagues and to provide support when writing papers and conference proposals. •Develop leadership skills for curriculum innovation at the district, local and national levels.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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