Good education is marked by qualities such as the choice of topics closely related to everyday life, the application of illustrative material and a great variety of methodology. The following investigation examines to what extent biology teacher successfully incorporate these criteria in their teaching. 55 teachers were asked to fill out a questionnaire, thus the results of this survey provide an impression of the current teaching situation in the subject of biology at grammar schools (AHS) in Styria. The results show that teacher-centered biology lessons are still dominant at most schools. Nevertheless, a shift towards student-centered teaching, such as individual student or group work, can be observed as well. Around a quarter of all the available biology lessons focus on experiments and scientific research projects, where the percentage of group activities outnumbers individual student work and the demonstration of experiments by teachers. It is also a very common practice to visualize the topics in the teaching of biology with illustrative material, which are available at almost every school. The so-called ?new media? computer and videos, however, are used rather rarely. Also, field trips to extra-mural learning centers or the invitation of external experts are not very popular either. The reasons behind the limited application of various teaching materials may be found in the high number of students per class as well as in the unfortunate distribution of the lessons. In fact, most of the surveyed teachers ranked these two parameters as most important for improvement. Consequently, it can be concluded that Styrian grammar teachers try to use various methods and material in their teaching of biology. However, this attempt is kept within certain limits due to the current circumstances at schools and efforts of individual teachers.