Impact of the Science Literacy Program – by the numbers

11th December 2017 at 11:54 am

The Science Literacy Program has grown tremendously since it was founded in 2010. Last year, nearly 20% of undergraduate students participated in an SLP-affiliated course. The SLP works with faculty instructors, graduate fellows, and undergraduate scholars to improve pedagogy and science communication in order to support undergraduate student success.


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SLP Mission Statement

10th December 2017 at 7:07 pm

Our mission is to support student success through development of excellent science teachers. 

The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program (SLP) makes a real-world difference in the lives of UO students by building science literacy among undergraduate students, giving science students mentored teaching opportunities to implement active learning, and providing faculty with teaching professional development.

SLP supports General Education courses that promote student-centered teaching and communication of science where students are empowered to consider scientific approaches to societal issues and have the opportunity to learn how to process and critique scientific information. Graduate students and undergraduate students in the sciences have mentored teaching opportunities where they learn the theory and practice of scientific teaching and effectively communicating ideas to audiences of non-scientists.  The program enables and assists faculty in improving teaching techniques using evidence-based pedagogy focusing on science literacy.

Winter 2018 Course List

9th December 2017 at 11:51 am

Winter 2018 Courses

  • ASTR 121    The Solar System
  • BI 123    The Biology of Cancer
  • BI 130    Introduction to Ecology
  • BI 212    General Biology II: Organisms
  • BI 322    Cell Biology
  • BI 484    Molecular Evolution
  • CHEM 222    General Chemistry II
  • GEOL 462    Environmental Geomechanics
  • HPHY 112    The Science of Health
  • PHYS 162    Solar and Renewable Energies
  • PHYS 171    The Physics of Life
  • PHYS 205    Introductory Physics Lab
  • PHYS 413    Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism

Winter Term Journal Club 2018

8th December 2017 at 11:55 am

Winter term we will read Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang.  You can purchase a copy of the book or an electronic copy is available free to download from the UO Library for 21 days