K-12 Science Teacher Biology M.S. Program

Welcome to the Walla Walla University Master of Science in Biology program, designed for K-12 Science Teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of biology. Our program combines cutting-edge scientific research with practical strategies to empower educators and inspire young minds.

Our comprehensive curriculum covers a diverse range of topics, including molecular biology, cell biology, ecology, bioinformatics, and marine biology. We delve into the latest advancements and discoveries, equipping you with up-to-date knowledge that you can directly apply to your classroom teaching.

The Master of Science in Biology program for K-12 Science Teachers is designed to accommodate your busy schedule over the two-year completion time. We offer flexible learning options, allowing you to balance your professional commitments with your academic aspirations. Our online platform provides you with the convenience of accessing course materials and engaging in discussions at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

At our institution, you'll have the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. They are committed to providing guidance and support as you navigate through the program, ensuring that you gain a deep understanding of biological concepts and progress on your research.

Furthermore, our program emphasizes hands-on experiences and practical applications of biology. Through laboratory sessions and research projects at our top-ranking Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory during summer sessions, you'll have the chance to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. These immersive experiences will not only enhance your own understanding but also equip you with the tools to create engaging and interactive lessons for your students. There could be the possibility of your students joining you for a portion of the summer to assist with research.

Graduates of our Master of Science in Biology program are well-prepared to inspire the next generation of scientists and make a lasting impact on their students' lives. With a solid foundation in biology and an understanding of the scientific process, you'll be positioned to excel in your career as a K-12 Science Teacher.

Join us on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery. Enroll in our Master of Science in Biology program today and unlock endless opportunities for personal and professional growth.



  • Increase pay with a graduate degree
  • Qualify to teach dual credit courses at your school
  • Enjoy the Northwest coastline of the splendid Puget Sound during summer
  • Advance academically with the opportunity to publish research
  • Invite your family to join you in  cabin for epic summer vacations

Format and Length

  • Kick-off with a summer session at Rosario Marine Laboratory
    • 3 summers total required; 2 focused on classes and 1 focused on research
  • Online courses over the school year of 9 credits or less
    • 3x a quarter evening Colloquiums in PDT time zone
    • 1x a week 12-1pm PDT synchronous Grad Seminar course
  • Thesis research proposal and defense built into the timeframe


  • Apply for a summer term before the last week of June


Expectations of applicants to the graduate biology program

  1. A strong biological background. Almost all of our graduate students received a B.S. or B.A. degree in biology. 
  2. A cumulative bachelor's GPA of 2.75 or higher. This 2.75 is the bare minimum; a higher GPA certainly will be more impressive!
  3. Good written and oral communication ability (you will need to provide a formal written statement of your Objectives and Goals). Biologists need good communication skills. Download guidelines for goals and objectives on the essay >
  4. Evidence of a strong commitment to excellence. We want you to succeed as a graduate student (and beyond) and we will do everything we can to help you, but ultimately it's up to you.


Dr. David Cowles
Graduate Program Director
Department of Biological Sciences