2023-24 Edition

STEM Higher Education Research, Minor

The field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) higher education research has emerged over the last several decades. The emergence of this area of research is in part due to a lower than optimal degree of success for students aiming to pursue a STEM degree and the increasing evidence that there are significant disparities in this success for minoritzed student populations. The minor program enables STEM students to pursue coursework in the education and social sciences while leveraging their disciplinary knowledge to improve teaching and learning in STEM higher education settings.

Students who complete the minor requirements are capable of designing an education research study in a STEM higher education context, identifying the appropriate theory and methodologies to conduct this study, conducting the study, and communicating their findings to the field at large. Students also learn about social and behavioral research ethics requirements and complete relevant training and certification.

A. Select one from the following
Introductory Education Courses
Introduction to Education: Disciplinary Perspectives
21st Century Literacies
Theories of Development and Learning Applied to Education
Race and Ethnicity
Ethnic and Immigrant America
B. Select two from the following:
Upper-Division Education
Educational Technology
Controversies in College
Education, Learning, and Culture
Poverty, Education, and Social Change
Theories and Pedagogies of Race in Education
Introduction to Field Methods in Education
Educational Research and Evaluation
Experimental Research Methods
Advanced Writing for Education Sciences
Research Methods
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Relations in the United States
C. Select one from the following:
Educational Research Design
Statistics for Education Research
D. Complete:
ENGR 113 Introduction to STEM Education Research
E. Select two upper-division STEM courses from the following programs: Biological Sciences, Information and Computer Sciences, Engineering, Physical Sciences
F. Capstone sequence: Complete three quarters of mentored independent research (199 units) with a faculty advisor affiliated with the STEM Higher Education Research minor program