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Graduate Certificate in Biology

If you want to teach biology at the collegiate level, discover the online Graduate Certificate in Biology program at Indiana Wesleyan University. With IWU, you can take one course at a time in 7-week intervals, with a one-week break between courses. In just 12 months you can complete this program and qualify for teaching roles at the college level, with the added convenience of online learning. Plus, we lock in the rate of your tuition as soon as you start the program, eliminating the worry of cost increases after you begin your education.

Why Pursue My Online Graduate Certificate in Biology at IWU?

This accredited biology degree program is taught by experienced faculty with experience teaching biology at the college level. Their first-hand experience will help you fully understand what to expect and how to succeed as a biology teacher. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. We also provide a full spectrum of student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you thrive in your education.

What Will I Learn in This Online Graduate Certificate in Biology Program?

This biology certifications program is designed to help students understand how to synthesize biology knowledge and communicate effectively in a learning environment. Students engage in courses that promote responsive teaching, ethics, and faith. Course materials are delivered through virtual reality, video discussion, concept maps, demo videos, and other tech-driven applications. Course topics cover genetics, human physiology, microbiology, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

18 Credit Hours


$480/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Online Graduate Certificate in Biology Program

Coursework for your graduate certificate in biology covers how to:

  • Analyze and synthesize scientific knowledge in biology into effective curriculum & teaching
  • Develop critical thinking and communication skills to evaluate and explain biological scientific information accurately
  • Evaluate and solve quantitative biological problems that can be modeled mathematically
  • Integrate Christian principles and a biblical worldview into your career in biology education

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Adjunct Community College Professor
  • Education Service Agency Specialist
  • P-12 Classroom Biology/Science Teacher

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • 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.
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

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