Overview of the Graduate Certificate in Biology Online Program

In addition to qualifying to teach undergraduate general education and elective biology courses, secondary school teachers may also become qualified to instruct advanced placement, dual enrollment, or early college courses.

This graduate certificate provides a broad understanding of the field of biology, while strengthening biological communication and analysis. As this course set is taught in a Christian environment, it is designed to nurture Christian faith and understanding.

The program can be completed in 12 months with continuous enrollment. There are no course by course graduate level prerequisites. Selected courses may be taken with permission. The certificate meets the requirements of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to teach undergraduate-level courses in biology.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate courses in Introductory Biology, Introductory Biology Lab, General Chemistry, General Chemistry Lab.

Note: The prerequisites are included to help students understand the starting point on which these program courses are designed.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze then synthesize scientific knowledge in biology effectively. (Scientific Knowledge)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skill by evaluating and explaining biological scientific information accurately. (Critical Thinking Skills)
  • Develop quantitative skills for evaluating and solving quantitative biological problems that can be modeled mathematically. (Quantitative Skills)
  • Formulate a biblical worldview utilizing the attained scientific knowledge in biology. (Christian Knowledge and Integration)


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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS)

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see https://www.indwes.edu/ocls.