Secondary Biology Program Requirements

UChicago UTEP only accepts candidates for the Secondary Biology certification pathway who plan to teach biology or biology-related subjects in a Chicago Public Schools middle school or high school. Ideal candidates have or are working toward an undergraduate major or minor comparable to the collegiate biology program at the University of Chicago. Applicants should have at least a B average in their majors; grades for individual classes within the major should not be lower than a C.

At a minimum, applicants should have successfully completed the equivalent combination of the following:

  • General Chemistry I and II w/ Laboratory
  • Physics I w/Laboratory
  • College-level Mathematics: Calculus or Statistics

Prior to entering UChicago UTEP, five of the following courses must be completed.  The remaining two can be taken during your first year at UChicago UTEP along with your Year 1: UTEP Foundations courses.

  • Cellular Biology (this course may be taken as a combined Cellular and Molecular Biology course)
  • Molecular Biology (this course may be taken as a combined Cellular and Molecular Biology course)
  • Genetics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy (i.e. Vertebrate Anatomy, Cordate Anatomy)
  • Physiology (i.e. Human Physiology, Animal Physiology)

Secondary Biology candidates who have not taken college-level courses in these areas may be asked to enroll as full-time students and take them during their first year in the program.

The University of Chicago does not issue student visa documents for this MAT program.