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Science Education (UW)

College of Education

Welcome to Science Education at UW!

If a science teaching career at the secondary school level (grades 7-12) is what you are seeking, you will find a diverse array of disciplines at UW.

Undergraduate Programs:

As a secondary science education major, you will complete a series of general education courses and courses in your chosen content area. Each of our secondary science education programs requires 120 – 128 semester credit hours to complete.

Our science education programs include five different concurrent majors. This means students can earn a degree in secondary education with a second major in their own content area (biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or earth system science). All graduates receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a 7-12 specialization in Science Education and a concurrent major in a particular science content area. With a concurrent major you will be opening up your career opportunities.

Students who choose a single field of study will focus their content courses primarily on one specific area of science (see program of study forms), but take at least one course in each of the other disciplines. Students may also select a major and a minor. Representative courses include EDSE 3275, “Methods I: Secondary Science Education,” and “GEOL 4777, “Geochemistry of Natural Waters.” Our science education programs meet respective accreditation standards and NCLB “highly qualified” definitions.

To learn more about the three phases of our program, please follow this link.

For those who already have a Bachelor's Degree in science and are interested in becoming certified to teach, we offer a Post-Baccalaureate Program that will lead to initial Wyoming teacher certification. The credits earned in this program can also be applied to a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, if you choose to pursue a graduate degree

Undergraduate programs:

  • Biological Sciences Education with a concurrent major in Biology
  • Chemistry Education with a concurrent major in Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences Education with a concurrent major in Environmental System Science
  • Earth Sciences Education with a concurrent major in Geology
  • Physics Education with a concurrent major in Physics
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Science Education
  • Additional endorsements

Graduate programs:

  • Middle-level science endorsement
    • This program is intended for teachers who do not already have a science content certification/degree
  • Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Science Education


The program sheet and other important information is located on the Forms and Links page.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Andrea C. Burrows
McWhinnie Hall 311

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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