This minor has been designed to build scientific communication, engagement, and leadership practices so that students are (i) equipped to communicate effectively about the science they undertake and the challenges they face in ways that are meaningful in relation to their field of study, and (ii) equipped with the skills to participate and lead others in scientific ventures.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SCLP

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16-20

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Science Literacy Core
COS 300Professional Preparation for STEM Disciplines3
COS 400Problem Solving and Leadership in STEAM3
Leadership or Communication
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Environmental Science Communication
Media Theory
Foundations of Health Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice
Rhetoric and New Media
Professional and Technical Writing
Proposal Writing and Development
Leadership Theory and Practice
Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Quantitative Reasoning
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
Computational Thinking
Choose one course from the following:3
Scientific Information and Data Visualization
Scientific Data and Databases
Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Computer Techniques in Physics (Mason Core)
Choose one course from the following: 11-3
Astronomy Internship
Research Internship
Forensic Internship
GGS Internship
Physics Internship
Total Credits16-20

 Or any other internship course as approved by the minor advisor.