Professional Science & Technology Writing
WSU’s online undergraduate Professional Science and Technology Writing Certificate gives students the ability to bridge the gap between the work of scientists and how the public understands that work.
Whether you work in media relations or grant-writing, risk-assessment or government communications, you’ll be able to explain the complexities of scientific advancements to national and international audiences. The 15-credit certificate also includes a variety of electives so you can tailor your education to your goals and interests.
Program of Study—15 semester credits
All courses are available online
The certificate requires five 3-credit courses: Three courses are required, and two are electives
9 semester credits
- ENGLISH 301 [WRTG] – Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
- ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M] – Technical and Professional Writing
- ENGLISH 495 – Rhetoric of Science and Technology
6 semester credits
All courses are 3 credits, unless noted.
The two elective courses can come from several fields. Among the options are:
- BIOLOGY 330 – Principles of Conservation
- MBIOS 320 [BSCI] – DNA and Society
- PSYCH 401 [CAPS] [M] – Historical Development of Psychology
- PSYCH/WOMEN_ST 324 – Psychology of Gender
- SOE 210 [PSCI] – Earth’s History and Evolution with Lab (4 credits)
- SOE 285 – The Science and Policy of Climate Change
- SOIL_SCI 360 – World Agricultural Systems
Awarding of the Certificate
At the beginning of the student’s final semester of coursework, the student should apply for the certificate through myWSU. This will notify the Registrar’s Office to confer the certificate. Here’s how: From the myWSU Student Homepage, select Academic Advising, then Apply to Graduate. The certificate should display as an option to select to Apply for Graduation. Certificates require a separate graduation application and are mailed separately from diplomas.