Science Education

Do you want to share your love of science with future generations? The Science Education major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with an interdisciplinary course of study including biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics, and physics, as well as education courses and related experiences, which will prepare you to seek public and private school positions as Science teachers for 7th to 12th Grade students throughout Arkansas and across the nation. Our program offers two distinct tracks: one in Life/Earth Sciences (which qualifies you to teach Biology), and one in Physical/Earth Sciences (which qualifies you to teach the physical sciences such as Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science). Each track is designed to concentrate your degree according to your interests and career ambitions. Both tracks also include an endorsement to teach Earth Science.

As a Science Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with prestigious academic and professional credentials, and diverse areas of expertise in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics. These professors are dedicated to the educational and vocational success of their students, and work closely with them through every stage of the degree and certification process. Our instructors have cultivated rigorous and supportive classroom environments, which model effective teaching methodologies and fully equip students with the scientific and mathematic knowledge, skills, and experience they need to become exceptional Science teachers.
  • Hands-On Learning through extensive undergraduate research opportunities, including some paid and/or for credit projects, ranging from: educational experiments and observational studies in Physics to traveling to Rwanda and conducting research on topics such as comparative genetic studies of African peoples, HIV/AIDS evolutionary virology, and observation of native flora and fauna, including mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. As a result of this in-depth research, many students participate in professional conferences across the country and have even co-authored faculty publications of research findings in leading scientific journals. Students can also participate in the annual College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Student Research Symposium on the UCA campus, and present their research projects to peers, faculty, and area professionals.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities including networked computer laboratories outfitted with the latest software in the Lewis Science Center, fully-equipped research laboratories, which house our Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope for student and faculty research, the UCA Planetarium for astronomical studies, and UCA Observatory, which holds a Meade 14-inch aperture LX200R GPS telescope, as well as the Lewis Natural Area and Jewel Moore Nature Reserve for ecological observation, specimen collection, and habitat restoration projects.
  • Professional Development of pedagogical skills through a transformative internship placement in the local school system, which provides experience to manage a classroom, design curriculum, create lesson plans, conduct experiments, and interact with diverse student populations. We offer various site placements for internships and develop relationships between our students and their schools from the earliest stages of the program, so students can begin observing and interacting with their future colleagues and pupils from their first semester.
  • Student Organizations such as: the American Chemical Society, Biology Club, Geography Club, Environmental Alliance, Society of Physics Students, and Mathematics Club, as well as the National Science Teachers Association and Teachers United. These organizations are designed to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional scientific and pedagogical communities through: effective communication and personal interactions; leadership experience; establishment of a personal network of contacts; presentation of scholarly work; student workshops; and outreach services to the campus and local communities, such as volunteer projects, sponsored events, and campus-wide forums on current event and issues.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Science Education Major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/physics/programs-and-degrees/.