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Scientific Writing Major

The written word is a powerful tool. To communicate effectively in science, one needs not only the ability to write, but also a clear understanding of the subject material. This major is designed to provide the experience and hands-on expertise to enter the field. 

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Scientific Writing Areas

Educate both experts and the general public about important science topics. Scientific writers are usually employed within these four areas: 
  • Science Journalism
  • Public Communications
  • Technical Writing
  • Editing

Program Overview

The scientific writing major prepares you to write about the worlds of science and technology for both broad and professional audiences. In a three-subject exposure to the allied fields of science, writing and communication, you will work to develop mastery in the craft and rhetoric of scientific writing and science journalism in order to convey a deeper understanding of science, medicine, technology, health, and nature.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

The practice of writing emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, reading, and expression as a means of understanding the past and present and thinking wisely about the future.

Concentration Overview

Pure chemistry. From understanding the Periodic Table to balancing equations, the Quantitative Chemistry concentrations provides all of the skills to understand the underpinnings of atomic interactions. Gain, lose or share electrons to your heart’s content with an extensive exposure to bond formation in this concentration.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS:  12 credits
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Limitless Curriculum

Scientific writing must be concise, persuasive and accurate.

The Limitless curriculum allows you to create an academic pathway that best fits your interest. 

Limitless Curriculum

Concentration Overview

The practice of writing emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, reading and expression as a means of understanding the past and present and thinking wisely about the future.

Courses in this Concentration

Concentration Overview

Pure chemistry. From understanding the Periodic Table to balancing equations, the Quantitative Chemistry concentrations provides all of the skills to understand the underpinnings of atomic interactions. Gain, lose or share electrons to your heart’s content with an extensive exposure to bond formation in this concentration.

Courses in this Concentration

Human Biology Concentration Overview

Anatomy, physiology, and microbes define our existence from birth to death, the material in this course is useful for any owner of the human body. If you want to learn how to maximize your quality of life, then the Human Biology concentration could prove invaluable.

Courses in this Concentration

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.

Admissions

Laura A. Misco

Faculty - English