Professional Skills Core Courses


Business Principles for Scientists I: Managing Scientific Projects

BUS 551, 3 credits | Fall
College of Business and Economics

Modules in the first of two courses in management will engage students in the application of business principles needed to manage scientific projects in both the private and public sector with emphasis on accounting, financial, and scheduling concepts. Course topics include revenue and cost analysis, analysis of financial return, budgeting, project scheduling and capacity planning, risk management, and project control. Modules in each of the management courses will be interdependent and should be taken in sequence.

Business Principles for Scientists II: Strategic Management of Scientific Innovation

BUS 552, 3 credits | Fall
College of Business and Economics

Modules in the second course in management will include the study of business principles needed to manage scientific innovation in both the private and public sectors with emphasis on business strategy, organizational leadership, and marketing. Students will engage in active-learning exercises on developing systems and processes that support innovation, managing technical teams, managing organizational change, protecting intellectual property, the commercialization of scientific innovation, and the incorporation of environmental sustainability into organizational strategy and processes.

Communication and Science Writing for Science Professionals

ENG 522, 3 credits | Spring
College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop vital professional skills in oral and written communication. Content will address business and organizational communication issues and topics to include organizational structure and communication networks; innovation and decision making; crisis communication and conflict management; new communication technologies, and inter-organizational and cross-disciplinary communication. Students also will be trained to communicate clearly about science, policy, and technology issues with diverse and geographically-dispersed audiences.

Ethical Practice in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

PHIL 504, 3 credits | Fall
College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences

This course will emphasize ethical dimensions of environmental and natural resource science in the context of globalization, global change, and climate change. The course will build on the communications skill set of the science communication TS course by including a module on the role of science in society. Students will be asked to critically evaluate the ethical dimensions of common scientific practice and issues.