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BI – Biology Instructor Qualifications

Biology Instructor

Master’s degree in the subject area or Master’s degree in related area plus 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in subject area.

Master’s degrees in the following areas should be regarded as Master’s degrees in subject area.

  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC)
  • Doctor of Dental Science (DDS or DMD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Ecology
  • Education/Science Education—assuming 30 graduate credits in any of the other subjects
  • Entomology
  • ESR (Environmental Science and Resources)
  • Evolution/Evolutionary Biology
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology

This list may not be inclusive as there are other degree titles that may be appropriate for the subject and related areas. The Division Dean, consultation with the Faculty Department chair will make a recommendation to the Dean of Instruction about the applicability of a particular degree that is outside the scope of this list. The Department Chair can determine the applicability of a particular degree to teaching a specific biology course.

Provisional Approval

A part-time instructor without a Masters or Doctorate may be approved if they have 30 quarter hours of graduate credit in the subject area. Masters students should anticipate completing their degree within 6 months of hire. Doctoral students (without a Masters degree in the field) will have completed initial board exams, qualifying exams, or advanced to candidacy AND be actively pursuing the degree. Provisional appointments for Masters students will be for a period of 6 months. Provisional appointments for Doctoral students shall be for a period of 12 months.

Approved January 2022, Provisional Approval Updated December 2020
Instructor Qualifications for BI prior to January 2022