Science Education Minor

The Science Education Minor provides preparation for careers where teaching and conveying science are important components, including secondary, community college, and university teaching, or other science-related outreach.

The curriculum of the Science Education minor provides:

  • two quarters of field experiences in middle and high school science classes,
  • two quarters of UCLA-based laboratory teaching practicums taught by experts in laboratory instruction in the disciplines,
  • the science courses necessary for preparation for the state subject matter exams (if pursuing a teaching credential), and
  • the flexibility in education courses to allow individualization of the minor to fit the graduate and/or credential program of your choice.

The minor is designed to provide both theory and hands-on experiences. Students interested in K-12 education, as well as graduate programs in their STEM disciplines, are the primary focus.

Admission to the Minor

Students eligible for admission to the minor will be making normal progress to the preparation for a major in the Sciences whether they have declared such a major or not. As such, they will have completed 9 courses from the following with at least one from each of the four departments below:

1) Life Sciences 7A, 7B, 7C, 23L;

2) Chemistry 14A, 14AE, 14B, 14C, 14BL, 14CL or Chemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL;

3) Physics 1A, 1B, 4AL, 4BL or 5A, 5B, 5C; 

4) Mathematics 3A, 31A, or Life Sciences 30A.

To enter the minor students must be in academic good standing with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Students must consult with the Science Education Minor Coordinator, to plan a coherent program to complete the minor along with their major, prior to filing a petition to enter the minor.

Requirements for the Minor

Seven courses are included in the minor with no more than two as lower division. A minimum of 28 units is required.

Lower division preparatory courses

# Crs
Science Education 10XP (formerly 10SL), or Science Education 15XP by petition
One course from Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences 1 (5), or AOS 101 (5), 102 (4), 103 (4); (By petition a course from EPS 101 (4) or C113 (4) may be used for this requirement)
Total: 2 courses
6-8 units


Upper division major courses

# Crs

Science Education 100XP (formerly 100SL)



Education 127

Note that Education 128 does not count towards the Science Education Minor.


Lab-based Practicum*:

At least 3 units and no more than 8 units selected from Chemistry and Biochemistry 192A (4), 192B (4), Physiological Science 192 (3), Life Sciences 192* (varies), Physics 192* (2 to 4)

*192 Practicums must be lab-based; for Life Science and Physics, you must choose a lab-based course or section. Consult with the Science Education Minor Coordinator prior to enrolling.


Education Elective:

At least 3 units and no more than 10 units selected from Education

M102 (4),

M103 (4),

104A (formerly 134) (4),

107A (formerly 130) (5),

107B (formerly 164) (5),

M108 (5),

C111 (formerly C125) (5),

123 (5),

126 (formerly 166) (5),

M131A (formerly M194A) (5).

132 (5),

133 (5) - to be renumbered 105B beginning F22.


Or, some UC online courses to be approved on a case-by-case basis: UC Cross-Campus Enrollment (Select Education)

Or, some non-lab-based practicums (192 courses) by petition.

Total: 5 courses
22-23 units


How  to enroll in the practicum:


Contact the instructor for permission to enroll:

Dr. Pang -;

Dr. Russell -

Physiological Sciences:


Contact the instructor for permission to enroll:

Dr. Phelps -


Not all Physics 192 courses are lab-based. Please check with the Science Education Minor Coordinator before enrolling and for the current options.

Life Science:

To enroll in the LS 192 practicums, you will need to apply through the Learning Assistant Program (

Not all Life Science 192 courses/sections are lab-based. To get credit for the Lab-based Practicum, you will need to be a Learning Assistant for LS 23L or LS 7B. Note that you must have taken either LS 23L or LS 7B to be eligible.

*When you apply to the Learning Assistant Program for the Lab-based Practicum, you should 1) only apply for lab courses (LS 23L, LS 7B, and/or Physics 5L), and 2) email the LA Program Development Team ( once you've applied to tell them that you are applying for a Lab-based Practicum as part of the Science Education Minor, so that they can give you priority enrollment in the lab-based courses.

Once accepted, the Learning Assistant Program will provide PTEs to enroll.





























How to declare the minor?

Please contact to express your interest and ask any questions.