Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

  • Online Courses

    491.658.81 - Techniques of Science-Medical Writing

    $3035

    John McQuaid

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This core course develops and hones the reporting, creative and explanatory skills demonstrated by the best science-medical writers. The course features writing assignments and exercises in journalistic and literary writing, plus interviewing, ethics and the use of scientific journals and databases. In some cases, students may be able to choose from a range of writing topics, including nature, technology, health, space, biology, medicine, or other scientific issues. Science Writing students should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    491.673.81 - Science-Medical Writing Workshop

    $3035

    Eric Niiler

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    In a writing workshop, students receive professional guidance in translating complex scientific, medical, or technological knowledge and research into graceful, lucid prose. Students submit individual essays or articles, or parts of a larger work in progress. Writing submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor, then revised. Students are encouraged but not required to take this course from different instructors. (The three section numbers designate the academic term in which the workshop is offered. Students earn workshop credit by taking any section number multiple times, or by combining any sections.) Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    491.697.81 - The Literature of Science

    $3035

    David Taylor

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    In this reading elective, students analyze current and classic books, magazine articles, and newspaper series to discover how the best science, medical, nature, and environmental writers create compelling, entertaining, factual literature. Craft topics include structure, pace, sources, content, explanatory writing, and clear, lyrical language. Assignments may include brief reviews and a team presentation of an assigned book, from such writers as Erik Larson, Atul Gawande, Rachel Carson, John McPhee, James Gleick, Lewis Thomas, Elizabeth Kolbert, or Jonathan Weiner.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    491.750.81 - Contemporary Science-Medical Writing: Creative and Professional Forms

    $3035

    Nancy Lord

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This core course provides a broad foundation in the diverse forms and venues encountered in contemporary science writing careers. Students learn elements of classic forms, such as essay, profile, news article, and op-ed, and they explore magazines, institutional publications, literary journals, blogs, speeches, and even museum exhibit text. The course covers the differing goals of various forms and how they might be used in multimedia, social networks, and other digital communication. Guest speakers present real-world expertise, with students engaged in discussion, exercises, and writing assignments. Science writing students needing a stronger foundation should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    491.755.81 - Science Personal Essay and Memoir Workshop

    $3035

    Laura McClellan

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    In this specialized workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as an exploration of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students' thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal science writing. The topics of health, technology, environment, and other realms of science or medicine will be paramount, whether in reported content or within the personal experience, feelings or ideas of the writer. This course provides a workshop credit for science writers. Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fees: $175.00

  • Off-Site or International

    491.709.91 - Science in Action

    $3035

    Melissa Joyce

    Monday 9:00 - 9:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 9:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 9:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 9:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 9:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    This Residency course takes students to the front lines of scientific research, with a focus on reporting skills, story idea development, and the craft of explanatory writing. Science in Action explores fields beyond medicine and health, including space, environment, energy, climate change, and other topics. The course involves field trips and lab visits, plus video and other links with visiting or out-of-town scientists. This Residency course is held in Washington, Baltimore, or other locations, as announced.

    Special onsite Residency course in Baltimore, from July 23 – 30, 2017. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition: $2918 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $146) + Seminar Fee: $275 + Field Trip Fee (includes 7 nights private room / shared bath, plus events, some meals, etc): $575. Total: $3768 (plus possible additional $146 tuition increase). Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 491.709 Science in Action: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.

    491.709.94 - Science in Action

    $1517

    Melissa Joyce

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    This Residency course takes students to the front lines of scientific research, with a focus on reporting skills, story idea development, and the craft of explanatory writing. Science in Action explores fields beyond medicine and health, including space, environment, energy, climate change, and other topics. The course involves field trips and lab visits, plus video and other links with visiting or out-of-town scientists. This Residency course is held in Washington, Baltimore, or other locations, as announced.

    Special onsite Residency course in Baltimore, from July 23 – 30, 2017. Costs = Graduate Non-credit Tuition: $1459 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $73) + Seminar Fee: $175 + Field Trip Fee (includes 7 nights private room / shared bath, plus events, some meals, etc): $575. Total: $2209 (plus possible additional tuition increase). (Participants who do not need lodging pay a discounted field trip fee of $225, and a total of $1859.) Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 491.709 Science in Action: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.

    491.710.91 - In the Field: Science Writing in the Woods, Coasts, & Labs of Mt. Desert Island

    $3035

    Susan Eisenfeld

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, is a place of exquisite natural beauty. With thriving environmental science centers and a world-class genetics laboratory, the island is also a hub of cutting-edge research. This Residency course allows participants to immerse themselves in the region’s stimulating natural and intellectual environments while honing their reporting skills, refining their writing artistry, and gathering information for stories. Extensive field excursions will be announced.

    Special onsite Residency course in Bar Harbor, ME, from July 2 – 9, 2017. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition: $2918 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $146) + Seminar Fee: $275 + Field Trip Fee (includes 7 nights dorm lodging plus events, some meals, etc.): $605. Total: $3798 (plus possible additional $146 tuition increase). Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 491.710 In the Field: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.

    491.710.92 - In the Field: Science Writing in the Woods, Coasts, & Labs of Mt. Desert Island

    $3035

    Kim O'Connell

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, is a place of exquisite natural beauty. With thriving environmental science centers and a world-class genetics laboratory, the island is also a hub of cutting-edge research. This Residency course allows participants to immerse themselves in the region’s stimulating natural and intellectual environments while honing their reporting skills, refining their writing artistry, and gathering information for stories. Extensive field excursions will be announced.

    Special onsite Residency course in Bar Harbor, ME, from July 2 – 9, 2017. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition: $2918 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $146) + Seminar Fee: $275 + Field Trip Fee (includes 7 nights dorm lodging plus events, some meals, etc.): $605. Total: $3798 (plus possible additional $146 tuition increase). Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 491.710 In the Field: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.

    491.710.94 - In the Field: Science Writing in the Woods, Coasts, & Labs of Mt. Desert Island

    $1517

    Susan Eisenfeld

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, is a place of exquisite natural beauty. With thriving environmental science centers and a world-class genetics laboratory, the island is also a hub of cutting-edge research. This Residency course allows participants to immerse themselves in the region’s stimulating natural and intellectual environments while honing their reporting skills, refining their writing artistry, and gathering information for stories. Extensive field excursions will be announced.

    Special onsite Residency course in Bar Harbor, ME, from July 2 – 9, 2017. Costs = Graduate Non-Credit Tuition: $1459 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $73) + Seminar Fee: $175 + Field Trip Fee (includes 7 nights dorm lodging plus events, some meals, etc.): $605. Total: $2239 (plus possible additional $73 tuition increase). (Participants who do not need lodging pay a discounted field trip fee of $225, and a total of $1859.) Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 491.710 In the Field: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.