Certificate in Science Leadership and Communication

Offered by:  Faculty of Science

Coordinators: 
Dr. Anne Marie Ryan amryan@dal.ca (Earth Sciences)
Dr. Allison Schmidt allison.schmidt@dal.ca (Biology)

The focus of the Certificate in Science Leadership and Communication is to develop leadership and communication skills specifically in and through the sciences, and to enable Dalhousie Science graduates to better understand the nature of science, the process of change, and to have the skills to communicate and to lead others effectively. The Certificate is available to any student in the Faculty of Science.

Admission to Certificate

Students should enrol in the Certificate in Science Leadership and Communication when they are seeking approval from the Certificate Coordinator for information regarding the Portfolio of Learning required for completion of this Certificate. To enrol, students must declare the certificate through Dal Online (https://dalonline.dal.ca >Web for Students>Admissions>Declare Major/Minor/Certificate), and notify the Certificate Coordinators by e-mail. To qualify for the Certificate, students must complete all course requirements, and the Portfolio of Learning.

To graduate with the Certificate, students must apply to graduate with a certificate at the time they apply to graduate from their degree program.

Certificate Requirements

Students are required to complete the following six components:

1. Leadership: Core course

  • SCIE 444.03/BIOL 4444.03: Leadership in Science

2. Communicating Science

One of the following two courses with a practicum component

3. Ethics in Science

One of the following courses in ethics

4. Understanding the nature of science

One of the following courses

  • HSTC 2400.03: Science and the Media
  • HSTC 2000.06: Introduction to the History of Science
  • HSTC 2204.03: The Darwinian Revolution
  • HSTC 2205.03: Totalitarianism and Science
  • HSTC 2206.03: Biopolitics: Human Nature in Contemporary Thought
  • HSTC 3201.03: Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives
  • HSTC 3212.03: The Biosphere: Global Perspectives in Science and Philosophy
  • HSTC 3411.03: Feminism and Science
  • HSTC 4301.03: History of Neuroscience
  • HSTC 1801.03: Technology and Engineering: From Industrial Age to Cybernetic Age
  • HSTC 4000.06: Science and Nature in the Modern Period
  • BIOL 3580.03/PHIL 3580.03: Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL 2660.03: Understanding Scientific Reasoning
  • PHIL 2480.03: Environmental Ethics
  • ECON 3360.03: Ethics, Justice and Economics

Other courses may be considered. Please consult a coordinator.

5. Discipline-specific courses: situating your discipline

One of the following courses:

Other courses may be considered. Please consult a coordinator.

* Cross-listed as OCEA 4331.03, HIST 3073.03, HSTC 3331.03, SCIE 4000.03

6. Portfolio of leadership development (SCIE 4445.00)

The portfolio is a record that can be shared with future employers, and built upon into the future. It will document, at a minimum:

  • The activities undertaken in each of the above 5 components of the certificate
  • Reflections on how each component fits into leadership and communication development in their discipline of study
  • Reflection on the practicum components
  • Record of any additional leadership aspects of employment or science-related volunteer activities

Further information is available at http://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/programs/diploma---certificate-programs/scienceleadership.html.