Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education

The STEM Education Minor is designed to give students who are considering becoming teachers exposure to a range of science and mathematics courses while also developing some depth in one particular subject.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • communicate a range of STEM disciplines to broad audiences
  • demonstrate focused understanding of a single STEM discipline
  • apply educational models, theories, and resources to teaching STEM disciplines
  • articulate connections between STEM disciplines and social justice


24 units

Breadth Requirement - A minimum of 1 course in Biology or Environmental Science, minimum of 1 course in Physics or Chemistry, minimum of 1 course in Mathematics or Computer Science.

Depth Requirement - Choose at least two courses in a single subject area.

Differing Requirements

  • Science - Students are required to complete five 4-unit courses chosen from existing courses in the Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics departments.
  • Science Education - Students are required to complete two 2-unit courses designed to introduce resources for teaching science and coursework related to the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs). One of these courses is in the life sciences, biology and environmental sciences, while the second is in the physical sciences, physics and chemistry.
  • Diversity Requirement - Students pursuing a BS in the natural sciences need to take at least three courses outside of their department and outside of the courses required for their major. Students pursuing a BS in the quantitative sciences (computer science, mathematics) need to take at least four courses outside of their department, one of which can also fulfill the Core B2 requirement.

Included Courses


  • BIOL 100 The Science of Life
  • BIOL 103 Human Biology
  • BIOL 195 FYS First Year Seminar


  • CHEM 1 Foundations of Chemistry
  • CHEM 100 Getting a Grip on Science: From Mass and Motion to Molecules
  • CHEM 105 Evolution and Human Origins
  • CHEM 106 Chemistry in the Community
  • CHEM 110 Molecular Gastronomy

Computer Science

  • CS 107 Computing, Mobile Apps, and the Web
  • CS 110 Intro to Computer Science I
  • CS 112 Intro to Computer Science II
  • CS 151 Spreadsheet Analysis: Intro
  • CS 171 Intro to Website Design
  • CS 182 Animations with Flash

Environmental Science

  • ENVS 100 Understanding our Environment w/lab
  • ENVA 130 Community Based Urban Agriculture: Design and Management
  • ENVA 140 Urban Agriculture
  • ENVS 195 FYS: First Year Seminar
  • ENVA 220 Intro to Urban Agriculture
  • ENVA 255 Quantitative Skills for Environmental Studies


  • MATH 100 Great Ideas in Mathematics
  • MATH 101 Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 103 Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • MATH 106 Quantitative Methods in Business
  • MATH 107 Calculus for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 102 Biostatistics
  • MATH 105 Math for Educators
  • MATH 108 Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 195 FYS: First Year Seminar
  • MATH 295 TYS: Transfer Year Seminar


  • PSYC 260 Psychological Statistics

Physics and Astronomy

  • PHYS 100 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS 120 Astronomy: From the Earth to the Cosmos
  • PHYS 121 Planetary Astronomy
  • PHYS 122 The Geometry of the Cosmos: Einstein, Black Holes, and the Big Bang
  • PHYS 135 Masterpiece Physics
  • PHYS 195 FYS: First Year Seminar
  • PHYS 201 Physics by Inquiry

Contact Info

STEM Office

School of Education 246, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (415) 422-6321 (415) 422-5504