Department of Science Education

Science Education

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."

From: © 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.


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Congratulations to our class of 2021 Outstanding Students

Carli Starkey and Yesica Espinosa

2021 Outstanding students

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Temporary Virtual Services

The physical office for the Department of Science Education (SCED) is closed until further notice and we will be delivering services via phone and email. If you are a current student and have questions regarding your class, please email your professor directly.

For general questions, please email SCED Office at or call 530-898-4599 as these will be checked throughout the day 8am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday.