Summer Courses

LSC offers a number of online summer courses that can be taken by undergraduate and graduate 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., Graduate Certificate in Science Communication, 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. Enroll in our summer classes by following this link.

2022 Summer LSC Online Course Offerings:

LSC 100: Science and Storytelling

Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3

LSC 100 is an eight-week online synchronous course that runs from June 20 to August 14, 2022. This course fulfills UW-Madison’s Communications A requirement.

LSC 100 explores the power of storytelling in communicating science and fulfills UW-Madison’s Communications A requirement. The course prepares students in best practices for achieving clarity and style in writing, research, and oral presentations. Students study the dynamics of storytelling in the sciences, health, and environment.

Enroll in LSC 100 by following this link.


LSC 212: Intro to Scientific Communication

Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3

LSC 212 is an eight-week online synchronous course that runs from June 20 to August 14, 2022. This course fulfills UW-Madison’s Communications B requirement.

Whether you’re majoring (or planning to major) in science, social science, communication, business, or another field, writing will be a key part of your academic and professional life. This course focuses on increasing your confidence and competency as a writer with an emphasis on science. Throughout the summer, students in LSC 212 will expand their skills in refining ideas, developing an argument, composing, critiquing, revising, critical thinking, and doing library research. Building these skills will help students communicate more effectively in many genres, including academic papers, scientific research articles, journalistic and other forms of professional writing, multimedia pieces, and online communication including social media.

Counts toward the LSC majorundergraduate science communication certificate, and Global Health major.

Enroll in LSC 212 by following this link.


LSC 251: Science, Media and Society

Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3

LSC 251 is an eight-week online asynchronous course that runs from June 20 to August 14, 2022. This course fulfills UW-Madison’s humanities or social science requirement, the L&S credit requirement (intermediate), and the CALS International Studies requirement.

This course explores how we all make personal and political decisions at the intersection of science, media, and society. How do we form opinions about emerging technologies we know little about? Why are societies sometimes so divided in their interpretations of scientific facts and phenomena? Why are there pronounced differences in how consumers and policymakers in Europe, the U.S. other parts of the world react to new technologies? How can we better communicate and debate science and health in a global marketplace? What role do rapidly changing online news environments play in changing how we communicate about science and technologies worldwide? And how can we correct misperceptions during pandemics like COVID-19 with science that is still emerging and changing over time? The course also explores practical implications for different aspects of science and technology studies, such as science journalism, marketing, new (information) technologies, political aspects of emerging technologies, scientific literacy, etc.

Counts toward the LSC major, undergraduate science communication certificate,, Global Health major, and other certificates in Business Management in Ag & Life Sciences, and Health Policy.

Enroll in LSC 251 by following this link.


LSC 332: Print and Electronic Media Design

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3

LSC 332 is a five-week online asynchronous course that runs from June 13 to July 17, 2022.

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of digital design and visual communications combining an introduction to design theory with hands-on experience strategically planning and executing digital design using Adobe software programs. Students will learn how to research, plan, design, and produce a variety of print and digital communication pieces that can be added to their portfolio.

Counts toward the LSC major, undergraduate science communication certificate,, and Digital Studies certificate.

Enroll in LSC 332 by following this link.


LSC 350: Visualizing Science and Technology

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3

LSC 350 is a five-week online asynchronous course that runs from July 5 to Aug. 7, 2022. This course fulfills UW-Madison’s humanities or social science requirement and L&S credit requirement (intermediate) for undergraduates and has the 50% graduate attribute.

This course introduces the theoretical and practical principles of visual communication pertaining to science, environment, and agriculture. Throughout the summer, students will (1) identify and analyze visual representations of interested topics, (2) understand and explain their effectiveness in terms of illustrating, informing, and persuading, (3) offer and justify recommendations for visual design practices. Students will also learn to discern unethical manipulations of visuals, such as deepfakes, distorted data graphs, and fake photos.

Counts toward the LSC major, undergraduate science communication certificate,, graduate certificate, Ph.D. minor, and graduate programs. Also counts toward certificates in Digital Studies, Entrepreneurship, Technical Communication, and ISSuES.

Enroll in LSC 350 by following this link.


LSC 432: Social Media for the Life Sciences

Duration: 5 weeks
Credits: 3

LSC 432 is a five-week online asynchronous course that runs from May 31 to July 3, 2022. This course includes the 50% graduate attribute.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, SnapChat, Pinterest, WhatsApp, TikTok, live video, content marketing (e.g., blogging), along with smart phones, tablets, smart devices (e.g. Alexa) drones and other tools have had major impacts on how we communicate with one another, how we learn about our world, and how we live our lives. Social listening, social media monitoring, influencer marketing and more are now skill sets organizations of all sizes utilize to better communicate.

LSC 432 is a survey course exploring the communication and community impacts of social media, current social media tools, and the principles of how the different social media tools are used and how they work. In this 5-week summer course, we will explore social media from strategic, applied and tactical perspectives.

Counts toward the LSC major, undergraduate science communication certificate,, graduate certificate, Ph.D. minor, and graduate programs. Also counts toward certificates in Business Management for Ag & Life Sciences, Digital Studies, Entrepreneurship, and the MS in Clinical Nutrition.

Enroll in LSC 432 by following this link.