Science Communication Minor

The minor in Science Communication (Subject Code 886) recognizes the pressing need in our technologically-based society to understand and communicate science issues personally and professionally. Students in the minor will learn how to access, understand and communicate evidence-based science information in the context of real-world problems. After completing the minor, students will be better prepared to understand and address the issues in communicating science effectively.

Learning goals

  • Relate the need for understanding science and the scientific process for evidence-based decision making.
  • Define the connection between science and social science expertise on science communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of alternative potentials/venues for careers post-graduation.
  • Improve the communication skills important for a career in medical, dental, veterinary, nursing or allied health fields.
  • Show a greater understanding of the role of science and scientists.
  • Improve the skills required for the public communication of science and for communicating science between scientists.


Students will be required to complete a total of 21 credits of Minor-approved Elective courses, which must include two required courses and participation in a public science presentation which must be approved by the Program Advisor. The balance of the courses can be from the list of Elective Minor courses.

Required courses (6 credits required; Students to select two out of three courses)

  • Environment and Health in Society and Mass Media (Human Ecology) 11:374:225
  • Communication in the Life Sciences (Human Ecology) 11:374:435


  • Public science presentation

Elective Minor courses (15 credits required)

Human Ecology
Leadership Skills online courses
Marine and Coastal Studies
  • Communicating sciences to informal audiences 11:628:307
  • Communicating and teaching climate science 11:300:340
  • Weather, Climate and Television I 11:670:111 (1.5 credit) 11:670:111
  • Weather, Climate and Television II 11:670:111 (1.5 credit) 11:670:111
Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutrition Communication 11:709:442 (prereqs: 709:202, 255, 441)
Program in Science Learning
Women and Gender Studies

NOTE: additional courses will be added as developed/approved