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.)


Full-time, Tenure-track Position at the Assistant or Associate Professor Level

Seeking to fill one full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to start August 2016.  The position requires a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Science Education with a Master’s in Environmental Science.  Review of applications will begin on November 30, and will continue until the position is filled.  For the full position announcement select.

Introducing . . .

New Science Education Faculty  

Dr. Ben Van Dusen will become the newest member of Chico State's Science Education Department in the Fall of 2015. Ben's work is driven by a desire to help students discover the joy, beauty, and transformative powers of science.



Bechtel and NSF Funding Further Enhance K-8 Course Sequence

The Department of Science Education recently received funding from the Bechtel Foundation to further integrate and improve the course sequence for Liberal Studies students at CSU Chico. 


Science Ed Teams Up with English to Improve Writing in the Sciences

Irene Salter and Leslie Atkins have partnered with Kim Jaxon, a composition faculty member from the Department of English, to rethink how writing instruction in science courses.


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.