Department of Science Education

Department of Science Education


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

Department News

Guest Lecturer (PDF)

Enrique Suarez

Monday, April 10th, 9:00-10:30AM
Selvester 100
Dr Enrique Suarez, College of Education, University of Washington will be speaking on "Valuing and Leveraging Students’ Semiotic Repertoires: Expanding What Counts as Productive Ways of Communicating in the Science Classroom" 

Seniors save the date!

Grad Recognition Ceremony
Friday, May 4th, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Sylvester's 104

SCED's grad recognition ceremony is coming up. Look out for an email with more details soon!

Welcome new Faculty

Mark NewtonDr. 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.