The Science Education Department (SCED) is an interdisciplinary community of faculty, staff, and students from the College of Natural Sciences who work to improve the teaching and learning of science in formal and informal settings. In collaboration with our colleagues in the School of Education and science teachers in public and private schools, we contribute to an expanding knowledge base of theory, innovation, research, and practice. The department of science education offers programs in:
- Science teacher subject matter preparation (pre-service)
- Professional development for in-service teachers
- Informal science education
The B. A. in Natural Sciences is designed to provide training for students with broad science interests. The program provides excellent preparation for careers in:
- Formal educational settings, such as teaching science at the elementary, intermediate, or introductory high school level, or serving as an elementary science specialist
- Informal educational settings, such as museums, observatories, nature centers, preserves, state parks, or national forests
- Interdisciplinary arenas such as environmental law, science policy, and science writing
The strengths of the B.A. in Natural Sciences program include:
- Faculty with degrees from multiple science disciplines who offer a strong pedagogical and content background in the natural sciences.
- A concentration in one specific content area
- Professional knowledge and skills needed for success in a chosen profession.
Students interested in teaching high school science must complete a designated major in that discipline (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics). For advising on career paths in a specific science discipline, see related department.
Advisors in the Department of Science Education help students develop individual plans that include meeting all the requirements for teacher certification programs in the State of California, if that is a student’s eventual goal.
The need for well-educated science teachers has never been greater. In response to our nation's necessity for cutting-edge science educators, the CSU system has made a long-term commitment to increasing the number of science teachers. As a result, the Department of Science Education strives to meet those needs by offering a program geared toward an innovative future in science education. Come in to discuss your goals and get started on your journey toward a fulfilling career in science education.
Completion of all requirements as established by the graduate advisory committee and Graduate Studies, to include:
1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses:
a) A comprehensive core of units in the chosen disciplines.
b) At least 18 of the units required for the degree in stand-alone 600-level courses (those not cross-listed with 400/500-level courses).
c) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or CSU, Chico Open University credit (correspondence courses and University of California extension course work are not acceptable).
d) Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
e) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (697), Comprehensive Examination (696), and Master's Study (699) combined; not more than 3 units of Comprehensive Examination (696) or 6 units of Master's Study (699).
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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- To be admitted to graduate and postbaccalaureate study, a student must hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or must have completed an equivalent acceptable to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University, Chico.
- Applicants who wish to pursue a master's degree must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units of course work attempted and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units attempted. Applicants for unclassified status, such as qualifying for a teaching credential, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their last 60 semester units of course work attempted.
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