Department of Science Education


NSTA February 2019 


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 BA 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

Substitute Teachers and Classroom Aides Needed

California K-12 public schools are facing a massive shortage of teachers. If you have any interest in teaching at the K-12 level in any content area, now is a great time to transition to a career in education as vacancies in almost every area are classified as "high need." Click here(opens in new window) to get more information.

Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

graduates line up

Graduates line-up for the graduation procession (photo).


Graduates signify the momentous occasion by moving their tassels from the right to the left side of their cap (video).