Ph.D. Minor

The Ph.D. minor in Life Sciences Communication allows students enrolled in Ph.D. programs from the biological and physical sciences, as well as interested students from other social science and humanities departments, to supplement their existing Ph.D. course work with a transcriptable minor in Life Sciences Communication.

A Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. minor allows them to get formal recognition for their doctoral-level work in this area.


The coursework for the LSC Ph.D. Minor requires 10 graduate credits.

Core Requirements (4 graduate credits):

  • LSC 700:  Colloquium in Life Sciences Communication (1 cr)
  • LSC 720:  Introduction to Communication Theory and Research (3 cr) or LSC 902: Public Opinion of Life Science Issues (3 cr) or LSC 625: Risk Communication (3 cr) or LSC 823: Science and Environment Communication (3 cr)

Approved Elective(s) (6 graduate credits):

  • LSC 350:  Visualizing Science and Technology
  • LSC 432:  Social Media for the Life Sciences
  • LSC 430:  Communicating Science with Narrative
  • LSC 440:  Contemporary Communication Technologies and their Social Effects
  • LSC 532:  Web Design for the Sciences
  • LSC 560:  Scientific Writing
  • LSC 617:  Health Communication in the Information Age
  • LSC 625:  Risk Communication
  • LSC 660:  Data Analysis – Communication Research
  • LSC 806:  Conceptualization and Design of Mass Communication Research
  • LSC 823:  Science and Environment Communication
  • LSC 875:  Special Topics: Qualitative Research Methods in Science Communication
  • LSC 875:  Special Topics: Quantitative Research Methods in Science Communication
  • LSC 875:  Special Topics: Science and Social Media
  • LSC 902:  Public Opinion of Life Science Issues

Administrative Oversight

The LSC Ph.D. minor is administered by the graduate program of the Department of Life Sciences Communication. Be sure to take a look at the LSC PhD Minor Form. For additional guidelines on courses that can be counted and other logistics, please contact us.