Science operates within a larger context influencing and
being influenced by society. Education has the goals of
preparing individuals for personally self-fulfilling and
responsible lives as well as addressing national needs such
as economic viability. The ability of scientists to
communicate and respond to the general public is a vital
skill for scientists in the 21st century. The Science Education Minor
(SEM) will allow Furman students the opportunity to study how
science and society intersect and develop skills needed to share
science knowledge with the general public. For students who later
become professional scientists and physicians, a curriculum
that builds the skills necessary to communicate the nature of
scientific inquiry is also advantageous as the graduates
interact with their communities and serve as mentors in
The minor is not intended as a program leading to teacher certification.
It provides students with an introduction to the field so they can make
informed decisions when considering career options later in life. These
decisions may well include graduate school, preparation for teaching in
the public and private sector, and/or employment as resource
consultants in museums, state parks, or businesses. For students who
become professional scientists and physicians, the concentration will provide background for communicating about science with the public.
The goal of the minor is to explore the interactive link
between the natural sciences and society and to prepare students to be
able to help make science accessible to the general public. To that end,
the SEM will consist of at least 20 credits and will be available to
students majoring in computer science, biology, chemistry, earth and
environmental science, neuroscience, and physics. The minor will require
field experiences that can be completed in various local settings
including undergraduate laboratories, state parks, schools, camps or
Interested students should talk with a faculty member on the Science Oversight Committee.
Students wishing to declare a science education minor should consult
with the minor chair, Michael Svec, in Hipp Hall 101R. Dr. Svec will
serve as the minor advisor during their course of study.
For more information contact Dr. Michael Svec.
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