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Minor in Scientific Skills and Research Integrity (SSRIMIN)Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


Students pursuing the Minor in Scientific Skills and Research Integrity will acquire the competencies and analytic skills to conduct research responsibly, to collaborate and communicate effectively, and to reflect on urgent questions about science in society—questions concerning regulation, responsibility, reliability and sustainability. Students will learn to appreciate that science literacy means more than knowing facts and will gain a broader understanding of how science works. Students will be acquainted with a broad set of issues, including questions of authorship and publication ethics, expertise and the evidential basis for science policy decisions, and responsible communication both within science and beyond. Throughout the program, the focus will be on applications of these skills to the student's major.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
  2. Core Course. One (1) course:
  3. Research Ethics. Document with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine that you have completed the following no-credit courses/workshops through the IU Office of Research Compliance:
    • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    • Human Subject Research
  4. Tool Skill. One (1) course:
    • Any of the following Statistics courses:
    • BIOL-M 255
    • Other courses may be selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor and with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  5. Elective. One (1) course:
  6. Capstone. One (1) course:
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.