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The author of this blog, Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, is a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State University. For more information about this opportunity, visit

The NC State University Department of Biological Sciences is proud to announce the expansion of online offerings to include courses in biology specifically for teachers who qualify. Science teachers are on the forefront of improving STEM achievement in students, and in an effort to support their work, we have expanded our programming.

“The goals of these courses are to offer teachers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of biology in areas of a particular interest to them and to do so in a way that is easily accessible with their busy schedules.”

Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, NC State University

The classes will be five (5) weeks long and offered during the Summer I and Summer II sessions. Students may register for a single course or take multiples. Courses will cover topics such as Animal Behavior, Humans and Communicable Disease, Cancer Biology, Model Organisms in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Toxicology, and the Neurobiology of Learning and Applications in Education. Up to 12 credits of coursework may be applied to a master’s degree in STEM education at NC State.  

Did you know?

The U.S. Department of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction both predict large increases in STEM-related jobs in the next 5–10 years. In preparation for this increase, the North Carolina State Board of Education has created a STEM education plan, which includes three items of high priority:

  • Improving STEM achievement of students
  • Bolstering community understanding and support
  • Connecting, leveraging, and increasing STEM resources