Department of Science Education


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Become part of the next generation of science teachers and educators to advance excellence and equity in STEM education.

Explore our new degree program(opens in new window): BS in Natural Sciences with an option in Science Education

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. 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.

Department Highlights

SCED 2018-19 Outstanding Graduating Seniors

Congratulations Michael Barbacia (L) and Rowan Wilson (R) recipients of the 2018-19 AY Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

Michael Barbaccia and Rowan Wilson

The Department of Science Education annually recognizes an outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the following three categories: Service, Classroom Contributions and Academic Achievement.

Categories are defined by the following criteria:

Service aligned with the mission of the Science Education department campus and community:

  • The student has demonstrated involvement in a variety of campus and community service activities.
  • The student has been involved with and held leadership positions in service organizations, including NSTA
  • The student has earned awards or accomplishments through service activities.

Classroom Contributions:

  • Collaboration (hands on)
  • Leadership (role in their group or class)
  • Engagement in group and or class discussions, which contributes to the enhancement of classroom learning experience for all
  • Deep conceptual understanding of the science content
Academic Achievement (GPA)