Science Education


The Fairmont State University Science Education program prepares students to meet current expectations for classroom teachers. Typical classroom instruction and lecture is a part of the Science Education program. Science Education majors should also expect hands-on learning opportunities early in their Fairmont State careers. Our instructors oversee a curriculum that encourages:

  • Participation in the Science After School Program with middle school students
  • Attendance at workshops hosted by the NASA IV&V Facility Educator Research Center
  • Radio telescope research at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV

The Science Education program includes three specializations of study.  They are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science

Graduates with a degree in Science Education can immediately become instructors of Biology (9-Adult), Chemistry (9-Adult), Physics (9-Adult) and General Science (5-Adult).

Successful Science Education majors will develop a portfolio show they can:

  • Meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Incorporate lab skills and scientific technology in lesson plans
  • Meet state and national content standards

Mission Statement

The mission of Fairmont State University's Science Education Program is to ensure teacher candidates in biology education (9-12) have sufficient knowledge, skills, and dispositions in their area of licensure to be effective science teachers in service to their school and community at large. The Biology Education program creates opportunities for teacher candidates to engage as professionals in formal and informal educational settings, as well as, their field of biology. Teacher candidates demonstrate competencies in science content, nature of science, scientific practices (inquiry), and science pedagogical content knowledge (PCK).

Career Opportunities

It is common for Fairmont State University Science Education majors to enter classrooms upon graduation. Some may start out as middle school teachers and work their way up to high school classrooms. Our graduates are often recruited prior to graduation for teaching positions in WV, MD, VA and NC. Science Education graduates may also find themselves in professional positions outside of the classroom setting. Potential institutions include:

  • Medical, developmental or research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospitals
  • Governmental agencies

Program Faculty Profiles

Dr. Deb Hemler
Science Education Coordinator
Department of Biology-Chemistry-Geoscience
Room 216 Hunt Haught Hall
Phone: 304.367.4393