LSC offers a number of online summer courses open to professionals seeking to enhance their skill set and become better science communicators. Our classes are appropriate for scientists interested in learning to better communicate about their research to a variety of audiences or communication professionals looking to gain a better understanding of how to communicate about topics like health, biotechnology, agriculture or the environment.
Professionals who want to take LSC online courses and are not currently enrolled students, need to first complete a free application to be a UW-Madison “special student” at least one month prior to the start of the course. in order to enroll in courses at the university. The application can be found here.
Applicants will be asked to select their student status in the application. Most likely, professionals interested in courses offered by the Department of Life Sciences Communication will fall under the category of UNDS (Professional Development or Personal Interest) or UNRS (Preparation for Admission to Graduate or Professional School).
Please Note: The special student application asks for a statement of interest, but this can be a short sentence stating the class of interest.
Information about special student tuition and fees can be found on the Adult Career and Special Student Services’ tuition and fees webpage.
For additional information on special student status, refer to the university special student section of the UW-Madison Continuing Studies website.
Summer LSC online course offerings:
LSC 100: Science and Storytelling
LSC 100 is an eight-week online course that 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
LSC 251 is a five-week online course that 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
LSC 350 is five-week online course that introduces the theoretical and practical principles of visual communication pertaining to science, the environment, and agriculture.
Students will learn about visual theory from communication, psychology, neuroscience, design, or information science, and explore intriguing and visually appealing examples from media, exhibits, or other venues.
LSC 432: Social Media for the Life Sciences
LSC 432 is a five-week online course that focuses on communicating effectively with social media that 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
LSC 560 is a five-week online course that focuses on scientific writing techniques that can be applied to academic papers, scientific journals, grant proposals, and other written and oral professional work in science and technology related fields.