2022-2023 Catalog 
    Nov 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education Minor

The STEM Education minor is designed to give students who are considering becoming teachers exposure to a range of science and mathematics courses while also developing some depth in one particular subject.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Communicate a range of STEM disciplines to broad audiences
  • Demonstrate focused understanding of a single STEM discipline
  • Apply educational models, theories, and resources to teaching STEM disciplines
  • Articulate connections between STEM disciplines and social justice

Minor Requirements (24 units)

Breadth Requirement - A minimum of 1 course in Biology or Environmental Science, minimum of 1 course in Physics or Chemistry, minimum of 1 course in Mathematics or Computer Science.

Depth Requirement - Choose at least two courses in a single subject area.

Differing Requirements

Science - Students are required to complete five 4-unit courses chosen from existing courses in the Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics departments.
Science Education - Students are required to complete two 2-unit courses designed to introduce resources for teaching science and coursework related to the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs). One of these courses is in the life sciences, biology and environmental sciences, while the second is in the physical sciences, physics and chemistry.
Diversity Requirement - Students pursuing a BS in the natural sciences need to take at least three courses outside of their department and outside of the courses required for their major. Students pursuing a BS in the quantitative sciences (computer science, mathematics) need to take at least four courses outside of their department, one of which can also fulfill the Core B2 requirement.

Core Courses (20 units)

Students not pursuing a BS in the natural sciences or quantitative sciences must complete at least:

  1. Two courses in BIOL, ENVA or ENVS
  2. One course in PHYS or CHEM
  3. One course in MATH or CS
  4. One additional course from those listed below