General Science Courses Are the Key to Scientific Literacy

It is no secret that the average college graduate is scientifically illiterate. Dozens of studies document the sorry story with examples of students who don't know the difference between an atom and a molecule or can't explain why there are four seasons. We are turning out graduates who can't understand the simplest science-related newspaper article.

The debate over what to do about this crisis has been confused by the lack of a clear definition of scientific literacy. Many scientists