Science Education Minor

The Science Education minor provides preparation for careers where teaching is an important component, including secondary, community college, university, 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, and
  • the flexibility in education courses to allow individualization of the minor to fit the graduate 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 1, 2, 23L, 3, or 7A, 7B, 7C

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

3) Physics 1A, 1B, 4AL, 4BL or 6A, 6B 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 Academic Coordinator for the minor, 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
Title/Description
Units
1
Science Education 10SL (formerly LS72)
2
1
One course from Earth and Space Sciences 1 (4), 1F (5) or AOS 101 (5), 102 (4), 103 (4); (By petition a course from ESS 101 (4) or 113 (4) may be used for this requirement)
4-5
2
Total: 2 courses
6-7 units

Upper division major courses

# Crs
Title/Description
Units
1

Science Education 100SL

5

1

Education 127
5
1-2

Practicum*: At least one and no more than two courses selected from Chemistry and Biochemistry 192A (4), 192B (4), Civil and Environmental Engineering 192 (4), Life Sciences 192A (4), 192B (4), Physics 192 (2 to 4), Physiological Science 192 (3)

4-8
1-2
Education Elective: At least one and no more than two courses selected from Education M102 (4), M103 (4), M108 (5), 121 (5), 123 (5), C125 (5), 128 (5), 130 (5), 132 (5), 133 (5), 134 (5), 138 (5), 164 (5), 166 (5), M186 (4), or M182A (2)/M194A (5), or M183A (3)/M194A (5).
3-8
5
Total: 5 courses
22-23 units

*192 Practicums are offered in several areas, enabling students to select practicum(s) in their discipline.

Contact the Instructor for permission to enroll in the practicum:

Chem/BioChem: Dr. Pang - pang@chem.ucla.edu; Dr. Russell - russell@chem.ucla.edu

Life Science: Dr. Pfluegl - gaston@lsic.ucla.edu;  Apply at http://www.lsic.ucla.edu/classes/lifesci/central/ua/application.html

You must have taken the lab courses associated with LS 1, 2 , 3 or 4 (or LS 7A, B or C) or  LS23L to be eligible for LS192 A or LS192 B.

Physics: Dr. Carter - tcarter@physics.ucla.edu

Physiological Sciences: Dr. Phelps - pphelps@physci.ucla.edu

 

How to declare the minor?

Please contact Marlena Raimey at cateach@chem.ucla.edu to express your interest and ask any questions.