Secondary Education (Life Science Concentration), BSED

College of Education

Program Description:

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.Ed. or B.S.Ed.) in Secondary Education is designed for students preparing to teach in middle schools, junior high schools or senior high schools (grades 7-12). The program of studies for the Secondary Education major and licensure preparation has three components:

  • General Education Requirements
  • Concentration-Teaching Field Requirements
  • Professional Education Requirements

Students must meet with a College of Education Academic Advisor for initial consultation about their program, and their secondary faculty advisor through out their program. The Secondary Education faculty advisor must approve enrollment into the professional licensure courses that are offered in a Fall/Spring sequence.


Admission Requirements:

1.Core Courses32 credit hours
 BIOL 201L, BIOL 202L, CHEM 121 and 123L, CHEM 122 and 124L, EPS 101/105L, EPS 201L, PHYC 151L, PHYC 152L 
2.Support for Emphasis Area (12 hours at the 300 level or above)20-26 credit hours
 Select from BIOL 203L, BIOL 204L, BIOL 351L, BIOL 352L, BIOL 360L, BIOL 371L or BIOL 386L, BIOL 300, BIOL 310L, BIOL 324 or BIOL 407L 

Career Opportunities:

 Middle school teachers and secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world. Middle and secondary school teachers specialize in a specific subject, such as English, Spanish, Mathematics, History, or Biology.  50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. In most states a prerequisite for licensure is a bachelor’s degree. Usually licensure is granted by the State Board of Education or a licensure advisory committee. Requirements for regular licenses to teach kindergarten through grade 12 vary by state. 


Contact Information:

Department of Teacher Education
(505) 277-0513
ted@unm.edu