Department of Science Education

Science Education

There is a nationwide shortage of science teachers. Do you have a passion for science? Are you ready to make a positive impact on young lives?

"Science is one of the most acute teacher shortage areas, making job prospects very strong. Over the next decade, California is projected to need more than 33,000 science and math teachers."  —  2020 TEACH California: Administered by the California Department of Education, Special Education

We are located in the College of Natural Sciences, the Department of Science Education is committed to providing all students a quality educational experience. Our faculty value and promote culturally inclusive learning spaces where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated. Become part of the next generation of science teachers and educators to advance excellence and equity in STEM education. Our BS in Natural Sciences degree programs offers:

  • Low teacher-to-student ratio
  • Science courses designed for future science teachers and informal science educators
  • Local field trips and site investigations that apply scientific and engineering practices to ask questions and solve problems
  • Opportunities for early teaching experiences
  • Significant scholarship and grant opportunities
  • A professional network to support future science educators

For more information on science education career path options, see our Career Q&A.


Students present research talks at the 2023 American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting

Shout out to Department of Science Education Natual Science majors Josie Allen (L) and William Henriquez (R). Working with Dr. Carolina Alvarado, their research examines socio-metacognition focused on exploring students' patterns when engaged in a high-stress activity (Josie) and students negotiating data collection and analysis in collaborative groups (William).

 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting of Josie and William

2022-23 Part-Time Lecturer Pool - Department of Science Education

Congratulations to our class of 2022 Outstanding Students

Estefania Orozco-Franco and Sarah Sheldon

2022 outstanding students 

Congratulations to our 2022 graduates!

2022 graduates