Science Outreach Minor

The Minor in Science Outreach (18 credits) will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience necessary for careers that include the promotion of the public awareness and understanding of science, as well as for participation in informal science education. Educating the public about science has in recent years become a major component of the missions of research institutes, universities, science museums, science and nature centers, environmental or agricultural-based non-profits, non-governmental-organizations, extension arms of universities, and business and industry.  All of these offer career opportunities for students with interest in popularizing and communicating science for the general public.

Recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of science outreach, the Minor draws upon expertise from a number of departments to ensure that students are well equipped to address issues on outreach to the public.

Students are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to signing up for the Minor to discuss their interest and class selections.

Learning goals

Relate the need for understanding science and the scientific process for evidence-based decision making.

Demonstrate an understanding of informal communication of science.

Develop skills required for the public communication of science.

Requirements

Students will be expected to complete a total of 18 credits of Minor approved courses. The balance of courses should be selected from the list of Elective Minor courses: one course from Communication, one course from Informal Education/Learning and Project and one course from Development/Management.

Students are encouraged to contact the Program Director prior to signing up for the Minor to discuss their interest and class selections.

Minor Requirements:

Required (9 credits)

Electives (9 credit,  must take at least one course from each section)

Communication

  • Communicating and teaching climate science 11:300:340
  • Visualizing information: Storytelling with data 11:374:240
  • Storytelling for science majors 11:374:310
  • Processes in human ecology 11:374:108
  • Improving communication through improv 07:965:330
  • Web authoring 11:355:425
  • Collaborative writing practices (social networking) 01: 355:375

Informal education/learning

  • Environmental education in the school curriculum 11:374:416
  • Foundations of program planning 11:607:401
  • Understanding group dynamics and team processes 11:607:485
  • Building community partnerships 11:607: 402

Project development/management

  • Grant development and management 11:607:364
  • Foundations of program planning 11:607:401
  • Grant writing 11:355:315
  • CESEP Internships 01:355:399/400