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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 UCORE’s Curriculum webpages for more information). Inquiry in the Natural Sciences [BSCI][PSCI] courses are required to advance the Scientific Literacy Learning Goal. Scientific Literacy may be included in the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] as appropriate to the course and discipline.

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