Science Communication Concentration

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15 or 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this graduate certificate must choose either a concentration in professional and technical writing or a concentration in science communication.

Concentration in Science Communication (SCMN)

This concentration in the graduate certificate in professional writing and editing may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis.

Core Courses

COMM 639 Science Communication 3
COMM 641 Advanced Communication Skills for STEM 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Risk Communication  
Controversies in Science Communication  
Science and the Public  
Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism  
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Crisis Communication  
Total Credits 9


Two courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy 1 6

These courses should be chosen from any STEM, health sciences, or science policy discipline. Both courses must be from the same discipline and must be graduate level. Choices must be approved by the program director. Students should select from 500- or 600-level courses offered by COS, CHHS, Schar, or CEHD.