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Program Highlights

Minor in Science Communication

A minor in Science Communication is available as a second minor to students enrolled in Majors in the Bachelor of Science degree. It is available as a minor to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science General Studies or students in other programs who have completed 5 units of Core A - Sciences & Mathematics courses as indicated in the Core Group List on page 63 of the Academic Calendar.

The minor consists of:
 - Comm 1501
 - Comm/Pbrl 2013
 - Comm/Writ 3512

*and 1.5 units from the following list (courses available without additional prerequisites):
 Comm 2211, 3013, 3022, 4511, Hist 2250, 2251, Pbrl 2012, 2015, Writ 1120.

**Courses that may require additional prerequisites beyond what is required for the minor:
   Comm 4500, 4501, Engl/Writ 2220, 3330, 4405, Writ 2222, 3211, 3212.

Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)

Admission to this program has been suspended for 2019-20.
The Mount is renowned for its innovative programs: one of the newest is the four-year Bachelor of Science (Science Communication). Science communicators form the bridge between science and the work of scientists, and the broader public. Science communication includes all of those processes and practices by which science becomes part of our larger culture. An exciting addition to professional studies, the program capitalizes on the Mount’s strengths in the areas of communication studies and science to fill a gap in Canada’s need for well-qualified science communicators. Students in the program will choose a focus in either psychology, chemistry or biology. Program Description and Requirements »

First program of its kind in Canada

This program is enticing to students who excel in science and are looking for ways to further their education by putting science knowledge and studies into practice in combination with a passionate interest in communication, writing, English or media.

Linking science with public opinion

You will become literate in broad areas of science while focusing in your choice of chemistry, biology or psychology.  By the time you graduate you will understand how science works and be able to keep abreast of new developments in science and technology.  In addition, you will understand communication and mass media theory and how public opinion develops.   

Gain experience with the Internship Program

The Mount is known for its experiential learning opportunities, and students in the Science Communication program have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through an internship at an organization in the community.

This program is a 13-16 week paid or unpaid work term following a student's third year of study. This program bridges the areas of communication studies and science, resulting in qualified science communicators who can work in a variety of sectors including government, school districts, universities, non-profit agencies, private sector companies and media outlets.

Developing skills for success

With an appreciation of the importance of science in everyday life and society at large, you will also learn to think critically, solve problems, make dynamic public presentations, write lucidly for a variety of audiences, creatively use the new technologies for communication, and plan and implement communication campaigns.

Preparing for your Next Step

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Science Communication) program, you will be prepared to work with government departments, school districts, university researchers, non-profit agencies, private sector companies and media outlets to name a few. Graduates are also prepared for future academic endeavors in medicine, dentistry, law, health promotion, health administration, environmental science, public relations, communication and journalism.