Science Teaching (B.S./B.A.)


Unlock the puzzles of science with bright young minds by majoring in science teaching. We offer the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in science teaching. The Bachelor of Arts prepares you to teach the biological sciences, chemistry and earth sciences to students in grades 9-12. With this program’s dual-major Bachelor of Arts option, you can earn a dual major in science teaching and your content area in four years. The Bachelor of Science program prepares you to teach the biological sciences, earth sciences or physical sciences in grades 9-12. Both programs provide early and diversified field experiences that will help you sharpen your skills, and you’ll learn from top-level faculty who are recognized for their excellence in teaching.


  • We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in science teaching.
  • Our program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
  • Our students exceed 100 hours of field-based experience prior to beginning student teaching.
  • Our 72-day student teaching internship exceeds the state's certification requirements for student teaching by 12 days.


Field experiences and clinical practice allow you to apply knowledge, skills and dispositions in many settings, and you can work with students from different ethnic, racial, gender and socioeconomic groups. These early and ongoing school-based opportunities allow you to observe, assist, tutor, instruct or conduct applied research. These experiences extend the South Carolina Assisting, Developing and Evaluating Professional Teaching performance standards into practice in school settings. 

Biological Sciences Teaching Area: Available to students in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. Students will typically teach biology, but depending on the school offerings, you may also be able to teach elective life science classes.

Bachelor of Arts options

Chemistry Teaching Area: Students who choose this area will typically teach physical science or chemistry. 

Physics Teaching Area: Students who choose this area will typically teach physical science or physics. 

Double Major: Choosing to double major in science teaching and one of our focus areas — biological sciences, chemistry or physics — will prepare you to teach science on the secondary school level and pursue graduate studies in any of the life science areas.


The College of Education is committed to providing all students with purposeful, challenging and diverse experiences. It is through a range of carefully constructed, challenging and classroom-based instruction and field-based experiences that students recognize the inherent dignity and value of all individuals, promote equity in education and advocate on behalf of children, families and communities.

 The Inquiry in Motion Institute seeks to improve the motivation, potential and achievement of students and teachers using rigorous learning experiences. This research gives Clemson students strategies for improving student performance.
 Clemson hosts the Center of Excellence for Innovation in Mathematics and Science, which seeks to increase the number of highly qualified middle school math and science teachers, plus confidence and competence of in-service middle school teache
 The Emerging Scholars program provides outreach to disadvantaged students. Clemson students participate as program advisers who lead discussions, assist with registration and share personal experiences to encourage these students.
 Hunter Burgess talks about why he has enjoyed the science teaching program at Clemson.


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • Science Teacher

    Spartanburg School District One, S.C.

  • Science Teacher

    Knox County Schools, Tenn.

  • Science Teacher

    Richland School District Two, S.C.

  • Science Teacher

    School District of Oconee County, S.C.

  • Science Teacher

    Greenville County Schools, S.C.


  • M.Ed. Teaching and Learning

    Clemson University

  • M.Ed.

    University of South Carolina

  • M.Ed.

    College of Charleston


    • Most graduates go on to teach in the state and region, while some continue with graduate education.
    • High School (ninths through 12th grades) 


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Jamie Garland

Academic Adviser