The Scientific and Medical Communication Track
The Scientific and Medical Communication track (SMC) is designed for students who seek careers that focus on communication and information design problems in these specialized areas. It should appeal to students with interests in the health care professions, science and public policy, patient education, scientific journalism and related fields.
Like the TC track, the SMC track is designed to provide both the technical and the communication skills needed to analyze and solve complex communication problems.
Students learn the fundamentals of visual, verbal, and online communication as well as the technical skills needed to design, communicate, and evaluate complex information systems and to manage the interdisciplinary teams needed to develop them.
Students become fluent in both print-based and electronic media across a variety of information genres and learn to design information for a range of specialist and non-expert audiences The TWC/SMC major can be pursued as a primary major within DC or as a secondary major for students in other Carnegie Mellon colleges, such as the Mellon College of Sciences, with an interest in science or medicine.
Prerequisites (3 courses):
All Technical Writing & Communication (TWCM) majors must satisfy the Dietrich College (DC) requirements for the B.S. degree, and a set of 3 prerequisite courses in calculus, statistics, and computer science. All prerequisites should be completed by the beginning of the fall semester, junior year. Prerequisites may double count toward DC requirements or requirements for other majors or minors.
Mathematics Prerequisite (1 course):
|21-120||Differential and Integral Calculus|
Concepts of Mathematics
Statistics Prerequisite (1 course):
|36-201||Statistical Reasoning and Practice|
Computer Science Prerequisite (1 course):
|15-110||Principles of Computing|
Core Courses (5 courses):
In addtion to prerequisites in mathematics, statistics, and computer science, students in both the Technical Communication (TC) and Scientific and Medical Communication (SMC) tracks take a common set of 5 Technical Writing & Communication (TWCM) Core Requirements in writing, communication, and information design.
Survey of Forms (choose one of the courses below):
Other Core Courses:
|76-271||Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing|
|76-391||Document & Information Design*|
*prerequisite = 76-271 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing
**prerequisite = 76-271 Introduction to Professional & Technical Writing and 76-391 Document & Information Design
Theory/Specialization Courses (3 courses):
Complete three advisor-approved courses structured as follows. At least one of the three must be chosen from the "Recommended" options below. The remaining two courses can be from the "Recommended" or "Additional Options" lists.
|76-428||Visual Verbal Communication|
|76-476||Rhetoric of Science|
|76-481||Writing for Multimedia|
|39-605||Engineering Design Projects|
|76-318||Communicating in the Global Marketplace|
|76-355||Leadership, Dialogue, and Change|
|76-385||Introduction to Discourse Analysis|
|76-386||Language and Culture|
|76-397||Instructional Text Design|
|76-419||Communication Revolutions and Technologies|
|76-492||Rhetoric of Public Policy|
|79-330||Medicine and Society|
|79-331||Body Politics: Women and Health in America|
|79-333||Biology and Society: Evolution Animal Experimentation and Eugenics|
|79-335||Drug Use and Drug Policy|
|80-220||Philosophy of Science|
|88-223||Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems|
Natural Sciences and Engineering Electives (3 courses):
Complete 3 advisor-approved courses that contribute to the student’s chosen focus. The courses may be all in one area such as biology, or spread across areas. The basic courses in biology, chemistry, and physics are listed below. Additional options include advanced courses in any of these areas as well as basic and advanced classes in statistics, or engineering. Consult your English Department advisor on the appropriateness of specific courses for your interests.
Courses in this category may double count for both the TWC/SMC degree and a major or minor in another department.
|03-124||Modern Biology Laboratory|
|09-105||Introduction to Modern Chemistry I|
|09-106||Modern Chemistry II|
|09-221||Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis|
|33-106||Physics I for Engineering Students|
|33-111||Physics I for Science Students|
|33-112||Physics II for Science Students|
|42-101||Introduction to Biomedical Engineering|