College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Science Communication

This certificate is designed for graduate students with or without an academic communication background to upgrade their knowledge of the field. It is geared to meet the needs of both communication professionals and science professionals who want to emphasize science communication work in their future careers.

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

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

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

Core Courses

COMM 639 Science Communication 3
COMM 641 Advanced Communication Skills for STEM 3
Total Credits 6

One Course in COMM

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 3


Two Courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy

Select two courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy 1 6
Total Credits 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.

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