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Science Education Minor

The Science Education Minor is intended for students interested in understanding how people learn science.  All majors are welcome, but the Chemistry 6 sequence is a pre-requisite for two of the upper division courses required for the Minor.

Courses will explore people’s learning difficulties in science, and develop the components of the knowledge base necessary for teaching science (knowledge of the science content, knowledge of how students learn the science content and knowledge of how to develop curricula and assessments that promote learning).

Examples from the history of science and current issues in science will be related to the developmental progression of students’ understanding of scientific concepts. There will also be a focus on working with teachers and students in urban schools and exploring the needs of diverse learners, including English language learners.  Theories of teaching and learning will provide the framework that links together the course-work and experiences in the schools.

Students majoring Chemical Education or Physics Secondary Education are strongly encouraged to take the science education courses in the minors as part of their major, but cannot declare the EDS Science Education Minor.

Science Education Minor (34 quarter units)

The following course schedule is an example only. Students are welcome to take courses in different years/quarters. Check the Triton Link Schedule of Classes for Current Offerings.


*CHEM 87: Teaching Science: The Challenge


CHEM 96: Introduction to Teaching Science (2)
EDS 39: Practicum (2)

EDS 117: Language, Culture & Education (4)

CHEM 187: Teaching & Learning Science (4)

CHEM 188: Capstone Seminar in Science (4)
EDS 129A: Teaching & Learning (4)
EDS139: Practicum (2)

EDS 129B: Teaching & Learning (4)
EDS 139: Practicum (2)

EDS 129C: Teaching & Learning (4)
EDS 139: Practicum (2)

*Note: Teaching Science: The Challenge is a Freshman Seminar designed for interested science majors and is not required for the EDS Science Education Minor.

Course Descriptions: Education Studies Science Education Minor