What is the Certificate in Science Communication?

The Certificate in Science Communication offers Carleton University undergraduate students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to translate scientific knowledge for wider public audiences for the benefit of the economy, culture and society.

This program is a collaborative program between the Faculty of Science (FS) and the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA), and will be open to students from FS, FPA and the Faculty of Arts and Social
Sciences (FASS).

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Certificate in Science Communication (5.0 credits)

Admission and enrollment requirements

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Graduation Requirements

A candidate for the Certificate in Science Communication must obtain a grade of C or higher in all courses taken at Carleton University under the Certificate in Science Communication program.

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Certificate Requirements (5.0 credits)

  1. 0.5 credit in: any 1000-level approved Science 0.5 credit course.
  2. 0.5 credit in: any Faculty of Science 0.5 credit course.
  3. 1.5 credits in: COMS 1001 [0.5] Foundations in Communication and Media Studies, ISAP 2001 [0.5] Foundations in Critical Inquiry and JOUR 1001 [0.5] Foundations: Journalism in Context.
  4. 1.0 credit in: COMS 2500 [0.5] Communication and Science and ISAP 3003 [0.5] Science Communication.
  5. 0.5 credit from: BIOL 1105 [0.5] Biological Methods, Analysis and Interpretation, COMS 3412 [0.5] Communication and Health, COMS 4407 [0.5], Communication and Critical Data Studies, GEOG 2006 [0.5], Introduction to Quantitative Research, HLTH 1002 [0.5] Health Science Communication, HLTH 2001 [0.5] Health Research Methods and Skills, HLTH 4701 [0.5], Knowledge Translation, HLTH 4901 [0.5] Directed Studies in Health, ISAP 2002 [0.5] Research Principles for Interdisciplinary Science, ISAP 3004 [0.5] Science Policy, ISAP 4901 [0.5] Directed Studies, JOUR 2003 [0.5] Delivering Journalism: Innovators v. Imposters, NEUR 2001 [0.5] Introduction to Research Methods in Neuroscience, NSCI 1000 [0.5] Seminar in Science, IPAF 4900 [0.5] Research Experience Course
  6. 1.0 credit from: ISAP 4907 [1.0] Capstone Course – Research Essay OR BIOL 4905 [1.0] Honours Workshop, COMS 4908 [1.0] Honours Research Essay, FOOD 4905 [1.0] Food Science Honours Workshop, HLTH 4906 [1.0] Capstone course – Research Essay, HLTH 4909 [1.0] Capstone Course – Field Placement and Research Project, HLTH 4910 [1.0] Honours Individual Research Thesis, JOUR 4303 [0.5] Specialized Journalism: Health and Science, JOUR 4304 [0.5] Specialized Journalism: Environment and Science, NEUR 4905 [1.0] Honours Workshop, PAPM 4908 [1.0] Honours Research Essay
  7.  0.0 credit in: JOUR 4999/ ISAP 4999 [0.0] Science Communication Certificate Professional Development Workshop

Total Credits 5.0

Note: For item 5 and item 6, any directed study, research essay, thesis or project must be on an approved topic related to science communication.


  • The certificate is only available concurrently with a degree program. Enrolment is limited and admission to the certificate requires completion of at least 4.0 credits in an Honours degree program and a CGPA of 10.0 or higher.

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For information about the certificate, please contact Michelle Santoianni.