What is a science education minor?

The ability of scientists to communicate and respond to the general public is a vital skill for scientists in the 21st century. The goal of Furman’s interdisciplinary science education 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. The minor is an elective secondary academic specialization meant to complement a student’s major area of study.

Why study science education at Furman?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. The science education minor includes course options from more than 10 different academic disciplines. Small class sizes help provide one-to-one access to faculty that are among the best in their fields. Students work directly with advisors on advanced research opportunities, taking advantage of state-of-the-art resources and facilities. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.

How will you learn?

An education at Furman will often take you out of the classroom. The science education minor requires field experiences in various local settings including undergraduate laboratories, state parks, schools, camps or science museums. You’ll have ample opportunities to work closely with key faculty on research and other special projects. You might even travel abroad to gain international perspectives on public education. And many students find internships to help them explore their passions from the ground up. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

Featured science education courses

  • 1 million
    additional STEM experts projected to be needed in the near future, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 13
    academic disciplines represented in the science education course catalog
  • 94.6%
    percentage of full-time Furman faculty with the highest degree in their field

What our students say

“The coursework I undertook and the mentoring I received laid a strong foundation for my work as a post-secondary educator. The science education minor provided me with an extra layer of preparation.”
– Annelise Gorensek-Benitez ’12

Our faculty

Geoffrey Habron

Professor of Sustainability Sciences

Michael Svec

Professor of Education

Kevin Treu

Professor and Chair

Victoria Turgeon

Professor,Biology; Academic Director, Prisma Health Partnership; Faculty Ombuds

Dake Wang

Professor of Physics

John Wheeler

Associate Provost for Integrative Science; Professor of Chemistry
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