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 the Department of Science Education! Are you looking for an exciting profession where the end of every day will bring you the satisfaction of knowing that you really made a difference? Are you fascinated by the natural world and curious about how things work? Do you want to share your passion for science with others? If so, you really should look into the opportunities in Science Education.

Science Education is a growing and unique scientific field dedicated to advancing both theory and practice in the teaching and learning of science. The large research base underlying our discipline provides a foundation for our teaching practice and sets the stage for further innovations. Those in our field are well versed in this literature, are passionate about sharing our love of science with others, and actively seek out the best ways to do so through our research. The field - and this department - has a strong commitment to equity in science education and seeks to engage students who are often not considered part of the scientific community (e.g. non- majors, Liberal Studies students, kids, classroom teachers, museum audiences, etc.)


Introducing . . .

New Science Education Faculty  

Dr. Carolina Alvarado is the newest member of Chico State's Science Education Department, beginning Fall of 2016. 



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.