Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
College of Arts and Sciences
A fast-growing field, scientific and technical communication is rated as one of the top professions in U.S.News and World Report. Students use state-of-the-art technologies to create high-impact print and online products for business, government, law, medicine, nonprofit and entertainment industries.
Internships help students hone their skills on the job and develop portfolios to feature their work. BGSU’s program hosts an award-winning student chapter of the International Society for Technical Communication, giving students opportunities to learn from and to network with professionals in the field.
A technical communicator creates brochures, research reports, manuals, instructions, news stories, scripts and speeches. Although technical communicators are not expected to be scientists or engineers, they need to have a strong background in at least one technical, scientific or business area. Technical communication is a growing profession needed in all industries, and technical communicators are in international demand.
Both the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degree programs develop technical communication skills. Courses include technical writing, technical editing, computer science, visual communications and project management. A technical, scientific or business cognate area is planned and approved by the undergraduate advisor. Students also complete an internship to gain practical work experience.
The bachelor of science degree program requires students to take more mathematics and science courses and fewer social science and humanities courses.
BGSU has an active chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, the profession’s international association. Students network with working communicators and graduate students in the technical communication graduate program. In addition, students have opportunities to attend and present at local, regional and international conferences.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Scientific and Technical Communication, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S76.html.