Science Education

Under the direction of Dr. Rita Hagevik (graduate) and Dr. Mary Ash (undergraduate) and following recommendations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the University of North Carolina at Pembroke provides opportunities for practicing and pre-service teachers to:

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  • Enjoy adventures in scientific exploration in beautiful natural settings.
  • Discover the power of nature as a classroom and laboratory.
  • Experience inquiry-based learning and teaching through direct observation and study of natural ecosystems.
  • Develop effective ways to engage their own students in inquiry learning experiences in natural settings.
  • Establish learning communities with K-12 colleagues.
  • Supplement their direct learning through online research, discussion and collaboration.

Course offerings in undergraduate and graduate programs:

  • BIOS 5770 -  Studies in Natural Environments, Section 001. 
    First Summer session
  • Download brochure here (PDF)
  • BIO 5100 Marine Biology
  • Download brochure here (MS Word) (PDF)
  • BIOS 3025/5025 The Natural History of Costa Rica
  • Download brochure here (MS Word) (PDF)
  • As well other undergraduate and graduate courses -- for example, graduate courses in biogeography and topics in ecology and environmental biology
  • Download a complete listing of graduate science courses:
    (MS Word) (PDF)
  • Download a full list of UNCP graduate science education faculty:
    (MS Word) (PDF)

Learn more about the undergraduate science education program (BS, middle & high school) here. Learn more about the graduate science education program (MA, MAT, nonformal, middle & high school) here

Curriculum development for using the natural environment in your classroom and in teaching about sustainability:

Wando shoreline

Research, conference presentations and journal articles about the natural environment as well as other topics in science education: 

  • Downloadable lesson plans (MS Word files) and PowerPoints presented at the regional National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from November 7-9, 2013:

“Bringing Scientific Argumentation Into the Classroom”

Grad Student

Lesson Plan

Ursula Adams

Cloning Around

Corinne Jordan

The Good, the Bad and Genetically Modified Corn

David Wimert

Physical Science: Renewable Energy vs. Non-renewable Energy: Evaluating Alternatives


“Let’s Argue About It!”

Grad Student
Lesson Plan
Chris Spencer

Superhero Savior

Jennifer Spivey


Wiggling with Biochar
Undergrad Student
Lesson Plan
Indya Evans