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

    Timothy Wendel

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    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. Departmental approval and a writing sample required for students not enrolled in the Science Writing Program.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.673.81 - Science-Medical Writing Workshop

    Matthew Jones

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    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 Fee: $200.00

    491.697.81 - The Literature of Science

    David Taylor
    Kim O'Connell

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    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 Fee: $200.00

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

    Marianne Amoss

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    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 Fee: $200.00

    491.755.81 - Science Personal Essay and Memoir Workshop

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    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 Fee: $200.00

    491.755.82 - Science Personal Essay and Memoir Workshop

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    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 Fee: $200.00

  • Off-Site or International

    491.709.91 - Science in Action

    Emily Mullin
    Melody Schreiber

    MTWThFSa 8:00 - 6:00; 5/27 - 8/18

    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 June 21 - 28, 2020. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($3316) + Academic Fee ($390) + Lodging Fee ($390; includes 7 nights private room / shared bath). Total: $4096. Special refund policy applies: The Academic and Lodging Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 14, the Academic/Lodging Fees ($780) are not refundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy. Feb. 14 - No-refund date. Starting on Feb. 14, students who drop the class should not receive a refund of the academic or lodging fees. Tuition can still be refunded, as the standard policy allows.

    491.709.92 - Science in Action

    Emily Mullin
    Melody Schreiber

    MTWThFSa 8:00 - 6:00; 5/27 - 8/18

    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 June 21 - 28, 2020. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition($3316) + Academic Fee ($390). Total: $3706. Special refund policy applies: The Academic Fee is charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 14, the Academic Fee ($390) is not refundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy. Feb. 14 - No-refund date. Starting on Feb. 14, students who drop the class should not receive a refund of the academic or lodging fees. Tuition can still be refunded, as the standard policy allows.

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

    Susan Eisenfeld
    Kim O'Connell

    MTWThFSa 8:00 - 6:00; 5/27 - 8/18

    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 11 – 18, 2020. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($3316) + Academic Fee ($450) + Lodging Fee ($375; includes 7 nights dorm lodging). Total: $4141. Special refund policy applies: The Academic and Lodging Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 24, the Academic/Lodging Fees ($825) are not refundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy. Feb. 24 - No-refund date. Starting on Feb. 14, students who drop the class should not receive a refund of the academic or lodging fees. Tuition can still be refunded, as the standard policy allows.

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

    Susan Eisenfeld
    Kim O'Connell

    MTWThFSa 8:00 - 6:00; 5/27 - 8/18

    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 11 – 18, 2020. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($3316) + Academic Fee ($450). Total: $3766. Special refund policy applies: The Academic Fee is charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 24, the Academic Fee ($450) is not refundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy. Feb. 24 - No-refund date. Starting on Feb. 14, students who drop the class should not receive a refund of the academic or lodging fees. Tuition can still be refunded, as the standard policy allows.