University at Buffalo

Graduate School of Education

Science and the Public

Address:

408 Capen Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

United States

Phone:

716-645-2939

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Science and the Public

Format: Campus

Program Description:

"Science and the Public", offered solely as an on-line program leading to the Ed.M. degree, is designed to: prepare professionals to better engage in public activities and debates related to science, promote science literacy and understanding in the public at large, and promote scholarship in science and humanism, science and public policy, and science in the political, religious and secular environments. All professionals with an interest in promoting the public understanding of science and a desire to become leaders in science and the public interface may apply. An adequate science background is necessary. The required courses have been specifically designed and selected to provide the student with the necessary background in: the history and philosophy of science, including the scientific method, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis, the ethics of scientific research, research methodologies, current science education and curricular approaches (e.g.. scientific literacy, science and religion, and science policy), the analysis of current human challenges and scientific and technological approaches, and scientific writing through the analysis and practice of current media examples. Thus, the courses on quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis provide the background for critical analyses on the soundness of scientific conclusions, the course on research methodologies is designed to acquaint you with the approaches to scientific research and the course on ethics to provide a broad familiarity with the issues of scientific integrity and the moral-scientific interface around the increasing importance of the "new biology". Finally, the capstone project is a thesis providing a critical and original analysis of a problem or approach in the broad area of the science and the public program and that serves to integrate the skills and knowledge derived from the required courses. DOES NOT LEAD TO TEACHER CERTIF

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL scores for international applicants

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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