Online Graduate Certificate in Biology

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Overview of the Online Graduate Certificate in Biology

The Graduate Biology Certificate is an 18 hour concentration designed for those seeking the credentials required by regional accrediting bodies in order to be able to teach advanced placement, concurrent, and community college Biology courses. The courses provide broad understanding of the field of biological science while strengthening scientific communication and analysis. As this program is taught and practiced in a Christian environment, all courses connect aspects of biology to Christian faith.

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.

You’ll Learn To…

  • 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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18 Total
$480/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

6 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • A bachelor’s degree with a Biology major or must be state certified (in any state) to teach Biology at a secondary school level.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.

Completion Requirements
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Biology Certificate curriculum.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.


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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023