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Upcoming Events - Spring 2017

Dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

January 28 Teacher Get Together. Are you an educator looking for helpful resources and/or looking to meet and connect with other like-minded educators who love science and the outdoors?! Come join us! 2:00pm to sunset. Crystal State Park. Teacher Get Together Crystal Cove

AFSE: Feb. 21- Can You Hear Me Now? Join Dr. Laura Henriques from the Science Education department and explore how sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound. Come explore waves and sound to learn more about this first grade science standard. Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm. Location: HSCI-382.

AFSE: March 16- Watershed Wonders and the Wonderful World of Plankton! Join Jim DePompei and Carl Carranza from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as they introduce engaging, marine-science related activities for the elementary and middle school classroom. Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm. Location: PH1-112.

AFSE: April 5- Topic TBD Join Jeff Frates from Carolina Biological Supply as he conducts a presentation geared towards K-5 pre-service educators. Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm. Location: LA5-347.

AFSE: May 8- Forensics Lab Join Ward's Facilitator, Sandy Bosnik, as she guides your exploration of the science behind crime scene investigations by using hands-on lab procedures. Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm. Location: LA5-169.



  • Did You Know? The Science Education department offers a MS in Science Education. The degree features options for K-8, high school and informal educators with opportunities to both enhance science knowledge and foster an advanced understanding of learning and teaching. See what students are saying about the Master's program in Science Education at CSULB. Graduate Student applications are now being accepted until June 1st, 2016, for Fall admission.
  • The Science Education department at CSU Long Beach has partnered with the California Science Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Columbia Memorial Space Center to present a new intern program for recently credentialed K-8 teachers (as well as credential students who have completed all coursework, but are not currently student teaching.) For more information, contact Dr. Jim Kisiel at
  • Consider a career as a science teacher. Share your passion for science with kids. Join our science teacher credential program.

Department Highlights

  • In addition to Al Colburn's regular science education work activities, Dr. Colburn will be joining the CSULB team of faculty who are developing college-based programs for their new tenure-track faculty cohorts. He will create program opportunities and mentoring support for new faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

  • This April, CSULB's Head Start on Science Project (HSOS), led by Professor Bill Straits, welcomes a delegation of kindergarten teachers, school administrators, and dignitaries from China to participate in a special training session. Read more about Head Start

  • Congratulations! Dr. James Kisiel and graduate student Mary Nowak for being featured in the Inside CSULB magazine. Dr. Kisiel is the principal investigator for the Keck grant, a two-year project titled "Developing Engaging and Effective Practice: Advancing STEM Education via University-Community Collaborations". Read more about Kisiel and Keck

  • Susan Gomez-Zwiep, and collaborator David Polcyn (from CSU San Bernardino), have published an article in NSTA's journal Science and Children (March 2015) titled Bringing Your Classroom to Life. Read entire article: Bringing Your Classroom to Life

  • Dr. Chuck Kopczak, Curator of Ecology at the California Science Center, graduate of the Science Education MS (Informal Education Option) has recently published research based on his Masters thesis. The paper, Families Talking about Ecology at Touch Tanks, was featured in the January 2015 issue of Environmental Education Research, and was co-authored with Dr. Jim Kisiel (Dr. Kopczak's thesis advisor) and their colleague Dr. Shawn Rowe of Oregon State University.

  • Now that the Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted by the State of California, two CSULB Science Education faculty members, Dr. Laura Henriques and Dr. Susan Gomez-Zwiep, are developing the Science Framework that will guide instruction under these new instructional requirements. For more information on NGSS and its implementation in California, Read more about Science Framework

Hi and welcome to the Department of Science Education. We hope that this website provides you with information and answers to your questions regarding our program. If we can be of assistance, please give us a call at 562/985-4801.

The Science Education Department at CSULB is one of the largest Science Education Departments in the country. Housed in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, we work closely with our CNSM colleagues and our College of Education colleagues in addition to collaborating with each other. Faculty members often work together on grants and projects, articles and other scholarly activities.

The Department teaches courses to Liberal Studies majors as well as elementary and secondary science credential students. We teach over 800 students per year in our Science Capstone, general education critical thinking course, and Science Methods courses. Additionally, we also offer a Professional Development/Teaching Techniques course to science graduate student teaching associates to support excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Our graduate program, a MS in Science Education has pathways and options for practicing elementary teachers and secondary teachers and informal science educators. Applications for the Master's Program are accepted each spring.

Our research spans from early childhood to post-secondary science settings and touches on themes including assessment, science-based integrated teaching, inquiry-based teaching and learning, science learning environments, the impact of teacher beliefs on the teaching of science, alternate and misconceptions in science learning, technology-enhanced science teaching, science learning in informal settings, role of caring in teaching and learning science, using literature circles to support nature of science learning, and post-secondary science reform in physics and earth science.

Additionally, the Science Education Department is also host to several large educational projects. We house the National Center for Early Childhood Science Education and in that capacity we offer yearly summer institutes to train early childhood teachers and early childhood leaders in the teaching of science to young children. These summer institutes are led by Dr. William Straits and are offered through the Head Start on Science Program. Jim Kisiel has grants to support his work with science learning in informal settings (zoos, aquariums, museums). Laura Henriques is Principal Investigator on several NSF-funded projects which support future teachers, partnering with other CSU campuses, Cerritos College, Long Beach Unified and Whittier Union High School Districts, striving to support of quality teacher preparation and professional development in PreK-postsecondary science teaching and learning in the greater Long Beach area. Lisa Martin-Hansen and Susan Gomez-Zwiep coordinate the Science Professional Academy – a grant project working with 100 K-8 teachers and teacher coaches from Norwalk – La Mirada Unified School District. Other projects in which we are actively participating can be viewed on our Grants and Projects page.

(562) 985-4801,, Room HSCI-205, Science Education Department, MS: 9504, 1250 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-9504