The Department of Life Sciences Communication is a world leader in science communication research, education, and practice. The doctoral minor in Life Sciences Communication allows students enrolled in doctoral programs from the biological and physical sciences, as well as interested students from other social science and humanities departments, to supplement their existing doctoral coursework with a transcriptable minor in Life Sciences Communication.
A doctoral minor in Life Sciences Communication is particularly valuable for graduate students in the natural and physical sciences who are interested in the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies, or who want to build an intellectual foundation for a future career in policy or various mission agencies (e.g., AAAS policy fellowships) dealing with public understanding and communication of science. Many students from these fields routinely take classes in our department, and a doctoral minor allows them to get formal recognition for their doctoral-level work in this area.
More information may be found on the department website.
This doctoral minor is open to any UW-Madison student enrolled in a doctoral program outside of LSC. Students can declare their intent to pursue the minor by completing the Add/Change/Discontinue application process through the Graduate Student Portal (found in MyUW) and selecting the Life Sciences Communication doctoral minor. Students are strongly encouraged to contact LSC’s academic advising manager or Director of Graduate Studies (see Contact Information box on this page for emails) to discuss course planning.
Students are not allowed to earn both the doctoral minor in life sciences communication and science communication graduate/professional certificate.
The doctoral minor in Life Sciences Communication is a course-based minor (10 credits) for students enrolled in other Ph.D. programs who would like to supplement their existing Ph.D. coursework with a minor in science communication.
Courses must be at the 300 level or above and should have the graduate attribute to count toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) rule.
A minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.5 in LSC Doctoral Minor coursework is required.
Contact the academic advising manager to discuss course selection for the minor.
|LSC 700||Colloquium in Life Sciences Communication||1|
|LSC 720||Introduction to Communication Theory and Research||3|
|or LSC 902||Public Opinion of Life Science Issues|
|or LSC 625||Risk Communication|
|or LSC/ENVIR ST/JOURN 823||Science and Environment Communication|
|Misinformation, Fake News, and Correcting False Beliefs about Science|
|Visualizing Science and Technology|
|Communicating Science with Narrative|
|Social Media for the Life Sciences|
|Brand Strategy for the Sciences|
|Digital Media and Science Communication|
|Documentary Photography for the Sciences|
|Social Media Analytics|
|Web Design for the Sciences|
|Writing Science for the Public|
|Health Communication in the Information Age|
|Data Analysis in Communications Research|
|Conceptualization and Design of Mass Communication Research|
|Science and Environment Communication|
|Public Opinion of Life Science Issues|
Brossard, Dominique (chair)
Scheufele, Dietram (director of graduate studies)