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.

Why Be a Science Teacher?
Elementary School Science (Grades K-6)
Middle School Science (Grades 6-9)
High School Science (Grades 9-12)
Scholarships for Future Teachers

High School Science (Grades 9-12)

Preservice Degree Programs for Future Science Teachers

The BA in Natural Sciences for Foundational Level General Science Teachers

The BA in Natural Sciences in the Department of Science Education permits individuals to enter the teacher credential program in the School of Education and ultimately to qualify for a single subject credential in foundational level general science (FLGS).  This credential is primarily for the middle school level or for a K-12 non-departmentalized integrated science program, however, many students with a strong background in one of the science disciplines successfully become high school teachers with a single subject credential that spans grades 6-12 by passing a discipline based CSET.  For more information, contact the Department of Science Education.   

Degree Programs for Future High School Teachers in Specific Sciences

For students who are interested in teaching at the high school level, the individual science departments offer the following science subject matter preparation programs:


BA in Biological Sciences*.

Advisors: Bev Marcum (Holt 330; 898-5539)


BA Chemistry*   

Advisor: Chris Nichols (PHSC 308; 898-5541)


BS Geosciences - Option in Science Education*   

Advisor: Ann Bykerk-Kauffman (PHSC 114; 898-6305)


BS Physics - Option in General Physics*   

Advisors:Chris Gaffney (PHSC 106A; 898-6259) and David Kagan (PHSC 106C or Holt 377; 898-4575)

#Approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing pending.