Science Writing

Science Writing - BA-MDST Major

This program will challenge students to accurately translate the often arcane and complex news of scientific developments into lay language. In addition, students must also attempt to put scientific discoveries and controversies into historical, personal, political, economic, and social context.  The multi-disciplinary skills will be grounded in a foundational knowledge in communicating information effectively and appropriately to diverse audiences.  The program is also founded on an understanding of science needed to investigate and understand the technical content.  

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Core Program 1 (18 credits)

Foundations in Writing

  • ENGL 250: Press and Society
  • ENGL 313: Fundamentals of Journalism 
  • ENGL 315: Advanced Reporting or ENGL 327: Feature and Magazine Writing 
  • ENGL 317: Editing for Publication
  • ENGL 473: Special Topics in Journalism     
  • ENGL 466: Writing Studies Seminar or ENGL 300 Internship

Core Program 2 (20 credits)

Foundations in Science

Choose two of the following disciplines:

Biology

  • BIOL 100: General Biology or BIO 101 Found of Biology
  • BIOL 211: Concepts of Zoology  or BIOL 221: Concepts of Botany
  • BIOL 364: Found. of Genetics & Mol. Bio or BIOL 362: Cell and Dev Biology

Physics

  • PHYS 103: Elements of Physics or PHYS 104: Applied Physics
  • PHYS 131: Physics I w/Algebra or PHYS 231: Physics I w/Calculs
  • PHYS 302: Physics & Evol of West Civ

Chemistry

  • CHEM 111: Intro to Chem I
  • CHEM 112: Intro to Chem 2
  • CHEM 372: History of Chem & Socy or CHEM 375: Enviro Chem

Earth Science

  • ESCI 101: Earth Syst & Natrl Hazards or ESCI 202: The Earth in Space
  • ESCI 221:  Physical Geology
    •   or ESCI 241: Meteorology
    •   or ESCI 245: Enviro Meteorology
    •   or ESCI 261: Intro Oceanography
  • ESCI 349:  Chemistry of Atmosphere or ESCI 385: Global Climate Change

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

ENGL 472, Writing Workshop or ENGL 400 Internship/co-op 

General Education (45 credits)

Millersville Univerisity's General Education curriculum is designed to cultivate the intellect by educating students to reason logically, to think critically, to express themselves clearly, and to foster an understanding of the human condition. The General Education requirements are detailed here

Electives (36 credits)

All baccalaureate majors require students to complete a minimum of 120 credits.  Completing Core 1, Core 2, the Capstone Experience, and all General Education requirements typically requires 84 credits.  Students therefore need to take an additional 36 elective credits to reach the requirement of 120. Students work with advisors to select additional courses, minors, or second majors as part of this elective block.