Our Mission

The Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico is committed to providing the North State with the highest quality science education for all learners, programs for teacher subject matter preparation and professional development, and research on teaching and learning to promote scientific appreciation and understanding.

Science Education

Welcome to Science Education at CSU, Chico

Housed in the College of Natural Sciences, the Science Education department is committed to providing our students a quality educational experience. The department offers a BA in Natural Sciences, which provides students with a foundation in pedagogical content knowledge across the science disciplines. We aspire to prepare future 6th-9th grade science teachers as well as informal science educators that cultivate culturally inclusive learning spaces where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated.

We strive to engage students as active learners who can use scientific and engineering practices to ask questions and solve problems. Upon graduation, students preparing to be future teachers will be qualified to apply for the credential program. Students learning experiences are characterized by:

  • Low teacher-to-student ratio
  • Classroom environments that promote collaboration and a sense of community
  • Field investigations for applying science practices
  • Significant scholarship and grant opportunities
  • Science courses specifically designed for future teachers
  • A professional network to support future science educators

Student News and Events

Student Spotlight

Michael Barbaccia is a third-year transfer student who is studying to become a biology teacher at the Deprtment of Science Education at CSU Chico.  Michael comes from a family of educators who inspired him to consider pursuing a career in education. 


Department News and Events

Welcome new Faculty

Dr. Mark Newton is the newest member of Chico State's Science Education Department, beginning Fall of 2017.


Dr. Ben Van Dusen launches the Learning Assistant (LA) program at CSU, Chico

LAs are talented (usually upper division) undergraduates who partner with university faculty to help transform STEM courses. LAs themselves engage in three main activities designed to improve their mastery of STEM concepts, while simultaneously preparing them to support their peers.


Dr. Stephens is awarded a $1.8 million California Mathematics and Science STEM grant, funded by California Department of Education

Dr. Stephen's project titled Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary (SEES) is a partnership between the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE) and California State University, Chico. 


Monet Earns Teacher Quality Grant

The multi-year project will support 120 more teachers in inland California to help them increase student achievement in their classrooms.