Mission Statement

Who We Are

The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at San José State University was established in 1958. SERC is a unique educational resource center that houses over 5,000 science resources in the thematic areas of Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. We strive to facilitate the delivery of high-quality, inquiry-based PreK-12 grade instruction, and to supplement and enrich the science curriculum in the classrooms and our community. Our users include in-service & pre-service teachers, and SJSU students, staff, and faculty. Our patrons can check out science equipment, biofacts, books, DVDs, and videos. They can also become certified in our Wildlife Ambassador program and be allowed to bring animals such as a snake or tortoise into their classroom.

Mission Statement

Connect, Discover, Explore! 

At the Science Education Resource Center (SERC), we are committed to inspiring and assisting educators & SJSU students to teach STEM content by providing free resources, programs, and consultation with the ultimate goal of helping their students to connect, discover, and explore the world of science.

Land Acknowlegement

The San José State University community recognized that the present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Santa Clara, San José, and Dolores and who are the successors and living members of the sovereign, historic, previously Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda County. To learn more about the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, click the link

College of Science Mission Statement


Prepare students for rewarding careers in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and astronomy.

Provide lower division core biology, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, geology, and physics courses for majors in technical disciplines (such as engineering).

Enable all undergraduate students to achieve a well-rounded education by attaining the quantitative, critical thinking, and scientific skills necessary for lifelong learning and informed decision-making on scientific issues.

Prepare future K-12 teachers with the appropriate math and science content and teaching practices required for teaching math and science in California's diverse classrooms; and provide professional development opportunities for these teachers.

Foster high levels of student learning and faculty development by encouraging and supporting individualized undergraduate and graduate inquiry-based research and scholarship.