Students seeking a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Science in a Changing World (SICW) should take two of the four required courses and three electives. Alternatively, a Master of Arts in Science in a Changing World is available to those who wish to complement a Master’s degree. Students with particular interests in the broader concepts of thinking and reflective practice may instead choose to pursue a related track called Critical and Creative Thinking, which places an emphasis on applications of critical and creative thinking to work, educational, and personal spheres and also leads to an MA degree or Graduate Certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Science in a Changing World can be earned completely through face-to-face sections or completely through online sections, or a combination. SICW courses also allow students from other graduate programs to fulfill elective requirements.

Non-degree students can also take SICW courses; this opportunity, together with workshops, summer institutes, monthly evening forums, and invitations to join online communities of practice further extend the range of educational experiences offered by the Program. To accommodate the schedules of teachers and other professionals, courses are offered after 4 pm, in intensive sessions during the summer, and online. While it is possible to complete the Graduate Certificate in two semesters, most students combine the program with their ongoing careers and therefore it may take longer. Graduate Certificate students complete the two of the four foundation courses and three electives.

Required courses

Choose two from the following list:


Three electives can be chosen from across the Graduate School but it is recommended that the combination of foundation and elective courses be spread across the three areas of Science, Interpretation of Science in Context, and Pedagogy and Civic Engagement. The Program Director, in consultation with the Program faculty, determines which distribution area(s) any course counts for. Contact the program for a current list of courses and areas in which they fit. Courses offered by departments in the College of Science and Mathematics, with the exception of policy-oriented courses, automatically count for the Science area. They are explicitly included in the list only if they also count for another area.

Certificate students can take more than 2 foundation courses and count the extra ones as electives.

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, up to two undergraduate courses (300-level or above) may count as electives.