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

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico. We are a small, vibrant, multidisciplinary science education department in the College of Natural Sciences, offering a BA in Natural Sciences... More...

Student News and Events

NSTA Meeting Schedule

The Fall 2017 meeting schedule for the Chico State Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association is now available. 


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. 


SCED Students Participate in 2017 College Summer Research Institute

SCED Faculty Dr. Carolina Alvarado and Dr. Ben Van Dusen initiate the first annual Department of Science Education student summer research program. 


SCED 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

Congratulations Eduardo Gonzalez, recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.


Congratulations 2017 Science Education Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the Department of Science Education's students for recieving scholarships in 2017.


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.