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Natural Science Education (BS) 6-12 Biology, Chemistry, Physics

A major in Natural Science Education will combine your major courses with education courses that will prepare you for initial teacher licensure in biology, chemistry, or physics. In your major, you will study the fundamentals of physical, biological, and mathematical sciences to gain an understanding of the scientific concepts required to explain the natural world. This BS degree can be earned in four years (8 semesters).

Program Highlights

  • Multidisciplinary focus
  • Opportunities to apply scientific methodology and techniques
  • Licensure preparation
  • Lab courses that provide hands-on experience with concepts taught in class lectures
  • Small classes

What You’ll Study

The Natural Science Education major requires 124 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, School of Sciences Support Requirements, plus courses in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Natural Science
  • Physics
  • Teacher Licensure Requirements

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for this program.


As a natural science teacher, you can have an impact on society as you train the next generation of scientists or teachers.


School of Sciences faculty provide the individual attention and support you need to succeed at the university.

Clubs and Organizations

You can enjoy a variety of activities as a member of Mu Tau Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national undergraduate biology honor society; the student section chapter of the American Chemical Society; or the CBU chapter of  the Society of Physics Students.

Is a Natural Science Education Major for You?

If you have interest in the natural world and in teaching young people, a Natural Science Education major may be for you.

Contact Us

Dr. John Varriano, chair
(901) 321-3439

Next Steps

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