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: 8 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 introduces the theoretical and practical principles of visual communication pertaining to science, the environment, and agriculture. You will also learn how to discern various manipulations of visuals, such as distorted data graphs, deepfakes, and fake photos, and reflect on the ethical implications. Each week, pre-recorded lectures will introduce visual theory from communication, psychology, neuroscience, design, or information science; students then explore intriguing and visually appealing examples from media, exhibits, or other venues using reflective quizzes/exams, writing assignments, and other asynchronous activities.

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 scientific writing techniques that can be applied to academic papers, scientific journals, grant proposals, and other written and oral professional work in the science and technology-related fields.