The minor in Technical and Science Communication is designed to educate highly qualified communicators who have interests in specialized academic disciplines and career fields. Because science and technology often involve complicated research and processes, communicating the results of that work requires special skills. This program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of niche career opportunities in media, corporate communication, technology related industries, and scientific environments.

Students in this minor will learn to write and manage communication efforts, with a focus on turning complex ideas and processes into simple, clear messages applicable for publication and electronic delivery via broadcast, cable, or the Web. The accuracy and effectiveness of this communication is especially important as the Internet and the ubiquity of mobile devices make the delivery and consumption of information widely available. Having the skills to interpret and communicate complicated processes provides significant career advantages in one of the highest-paying areas of professional communication.

Effective Fall 2013

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

JTC 210Newswriting3
JTC 211Visual Communication3
JTC 461Writing About Science, Health, and Environment3
JTC 464Technical Communication3
JTC 465Specialized and Technical Editing3
Select one course from the following:3
Advanced Scientific Writing--Chemistry (GT-CO3) 1
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)
Online Storytelling and Audience Engagement
TV News Writing, Reporting and Producing
Writing for Specialized Electronic Media
Publicity and Media Relations
Writing for Specialized Magazines
Specialized Professional Writing
Select one course from the following:3
Digital Photography
Publications Design and Production
Web Design and Management
Total Credits21