Curricular Outcome: ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Students will develop college-level writing and presentation skills through the Freshman composition and Technical Writing and Technical Presentation requirement.
* Fall 2011 - Fall 2013 admissions catalog terms only: Students achieving a minimum SAT Verbal score of 710 or a composite ACT of 32 are waived the Freshman English requirement. Non-graded credit (DC) will be posted for ENGL 10800 at the conclusion of a student’s first semester.
TECHNICAL WRITING AND PRESENTATION (TWTP)
Students may elect to take one course to meet the TWTP requirement or a combination of courses. The list of approved courses below contains all course options. Students may also elect to use experiences as defined below to complete this important Science core requirement.
Technical Writing (TW)
The TW requirement may be met by completing one of the following options:
Option 1: Course in technical writing from the list of approved courses; or
Option 2: Scholarly publication:
Paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or peer-reviewed conference proceedings in which the student is the lead author or has written the large majority of the paper; or
Paper a College of Science faculty member with expertise in the area deems of publishable quality; or
Three approved papers of at least 1,500 words each, at least one of which makes a strong or persuasive argument
Students wishing to meet the Technical Writing requirement through Option 2 are required to complete the Experiential Learning contract process.
International Students Only: International students whose primary high school/equivalent instruction was not in English must meet the Technical Writing requirement using option 1 only.
Technical Presentation (TP)
The TP requirement may be met by completing one of the following options:
Option 1: Course in technical presentation skills from the list of approved courses; or
Option 2: Presentation at a scientific meeting (sole or predominant presenter); or
Option 3: 1. Presentation of work at an adjudicated poster session:
Presentation must be made in the presence of a certified judge, and
Written feedback must be provided to the student; or
2. Presentation of work (research-based) during an internship or co-op; or
3. Three approved 10-minute (or longer) presentations within science course(s).
Students wishing to meet the Technical Presentation requirement through Option 2 or 3 are required to complete the Experiential Learning Contract process.
International Students Only: International students whose primary high school/equivalent instruction was not in English may meet this requirement with option 1 only.
Special Note: Students completing both COM 11400 (free elective) and COM 21700 (Technical Writing and Presentation requirement) may use both courses to meet degree requirements.