ENGL390: Science Writing

(New Course Number: Effective January 2007)

English 390 satisfies the Professional Writing requirement for undergraduates. The course is appropriate for science majors interested in further study in the physical and biological sciences.

Students learn the conventions of scientific prose used in research articles and proposals; they also learn to accommodate scientific information to general audiences. In addition, students learn how to use stylistic and visual devices to make information more accessible and how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers.

Assignments parallel the writing demands that students face both in college and in the workplace. Students complete five to six major writing assignments encompassing approximately 6500 words, in addition to in-class exercises, readings, peer review workshops, group work, and oral presentations. Assignments are drawn from the following: IMRAD analysis, review of research, application package, procedure assignment, major project (research presentation, proposal, or accommodation), poster, design of scientific information for a lay audience.


English 101 or equivalent and a minimum of 60 credits. 

How students are assessed: 

Each major assignment is evaluated according to a set of criteria provided to students with the assignments sheets. Students are responsible for the information provided on the course syllabus, as well as on ELMS or other class websites, and for any material provided in a course packet or on handouts distributed in class. Readings may come from an assigned textbook and from other relevant, timely sources. Students are responsible for the readings, which form the basis of class discussion; students may also be required to write responses to reading assignments.


ENGL390H: Science Writing for Honors Program Students
These courses are reserved for students in University Honors programs or Departmental Honors programs.