Summer Courses

LSC offers a number of online summer courses that can be taken by students in any discipline at UW-Madison. Courses can be taken individually or as part of LSC’s Undergraduate Major, Professional and Thesis M.S., Ph.D. Minor in Science Communication, and Ph.D. in Mass Comm. Additionally, our summer courses are open to professionals seeking to improve their science communication skills.

Summer LSC Online Course Offerings:

LSC 100: Science and Storytelling

Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3
LSC 100 explores the power of storytelling in communicating science and fulfills UW-Madison’s Communications A requirement. This course is designed to hone students’ skills in college-level writing and public speaking. Students will learn how to think critically, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop constructive discussion skills.

LSC 251: Science Media and Society

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3
LSC 251 is an introduction to communication at the intersection of science, politics and society. Students will learn an overview of the theoretical foundations of science communication and their relevance for societal debates about science and emerging technologies.

LSC 350: Visualizing Science and Technology

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3
LSC 350 explores the emerging field of neuro-aesthetics and its implementation for understanding visual communication in the media, sciences, and visual arts. Students will learn to understand the power of the visual brain, expand visual critical thinking skills to analyze how images attract audiences, articulate visual theory, and create effective visual messages.

LSC 432: Social Media for the Life Sciences

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3
LSC 432 focuses on communicating effectively with social media and takes a close look at how social media shape modern interactions. Students will learn to create a social media/digital marketing strategy, understand and leverage various online platforms to create meaningful connections, and measure the impact of their social media practice. By the end of this course, students will have experience using social media and content marketing to promote their brand and add value to other businesses and organizations in their field.

LSC 560: Scientific Writing

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3
LSC 560 focuses on helping professionals, scientists, and researchers become better writers and communicators of scientific information, whether writing for scientific journals or general publications aimed at lay audiences. This course is structured to build skills in three key areas: bringing clarity and simplicity to language; recognizing and using storytelling elements to better communicate complex science; and learning how to use tools such as analogy and definition to make scientific information more accessible. Throughout the course, students will monitor current media coverage to explore the subject of science and society and the growing importance of clear, accurate communication for scientific information in fields ranging from medicine to chemistry and physics.