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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement UCORE Assessment

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Scientific Literacy

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UCORE-designated courses advance Scientific Literacy as appropriate to the designator, with a minimum of seven credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Scientific Literacy (see the UCORE Curriculum Map and UCORE Curriculum webpages for more information). At the senior-level, Scientific Literacy may be required in the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] as appropriate to the course and discipline. Students also complete Inquiry in the Natural Sciences [BSCI] & [PSCI] course requirements, which advance Scientific Literacy, during the UCORE curriculum. 

WSU Learning Goal: Graduates will have a basic understanding of major scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic affairs, economic productivity and global stewardship. Graduates may demonstrate scientific literacy by:

  • Identifying scientific issues underlying global, national, local and personal decisions and communicating positions that are scientifically and technologically informed.
  • Evaluating the quality of scientific and health-related information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it.
  • Posing and evaluating arguments based on evidence and applying conclusions from such arguments appropriately.
  • Recognizing the societal benefits and risks associated with scientific and technological advances.

Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Scientific Literacy

Click on the links for more information about current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Scientific Literacy in the context of the UCORE curriculum:

Capstone [CAPS] Assessment for UCORE