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.
- 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)
- Biochemical Communication 11:115:491
- Science and Health Journalism 04:567:340
- Communication Theory 04:192:200
- Health Literacy 04:192:307
- Health Communication 04:192:407
- History of Science and Society 01:506:251
- Communicating Science through Visuals 11:374:240
- Environmental Communication 11:374:325
- Risk, Health and Safety 11:374:430
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
- Nutrition Communication 11:709:442 (prereqs: 709:202, 255, 441)
Program in Science Learning
- Environmental Education in the School Curriculum 11:(300, 374, or 704):416
- Informal Science Education 11:300:335
- Bioethics 01:730:249
Women and Gender Studies
- Gender and Science 01:988:240
NOTE: additional courses will be added as developed/approved