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Studying Science Communication and Public Outreach at Weber State

The Science Communication and Public Outreach Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree option is designed for students with a passion for science and a desire to share it with the public. The program includes coursework in science, design, and communication, culminating in a capstone project that combines your scientific knowledge with communication to various audiences.

Science Communication and Public Outreach Highlights

The Science Communication and Public Outreach program consists of four components: communication emphasis, design emphasis, science and technology emphasis, and the capstone project.

  • In the communication emphasis, you'll learn about public speaking, media writing, communication and more.
  • In the design emphasis, you'll learn about art, user experience (UX) design, professional and technical writing, design and more.
  • In the science and technology emphasis, you'll get to choose whether you want to work with our talented faculty in the areas of science, social science, business, engineering or health.

Beyond the Classroom

Our students work on Science Communication and Outreach Capstone projects to gain experience working with the public in a science outreach capacity. After choosing an emphasis on communication, design, or science/technology, research is conducted to further their expertise on the subject of their choice.

What You’ll LEARN at Weber

Our students are fully immersed in a learning track for one of two emphases. The design emphasis provides fundamental training for various in-demand subjects ranging from data analytics to interior design. Students with the communication emphasis refine their writing and speaking skills to learn best practices for presenting science communication to masses and experts alike.

What You CAN DO After Weber

Our program qualifies students to create and share effective science communication to positively impact how such information is received by the science community and the public at large. 

For those pursuing a career, graduates can pursue journalism or public relations to work for scientific journals, educational publishing, universities, and federal agencies. If you have questions, contact a WSU Career Advisor.