Science and Technology Writing Certificate (Undergraduate)

Communicate developing research-based discoveries to a broader audience with the Science and Technology Writing Certificate (Undergraduate) in Temple University’s College of Science and Technology. This 12–14 credit certificate is designed for students majoring in a science field to gain a deeper understanding of effective written communication in the scientific world. 

Open to any Temple student who is majoring in a STEM-based discipline, the Science and Technology Writing Certificate (Undergraduate) program teaches skills that will enable you to bridge the divide between the STEM community and the general public in your future career. Upon completion, students will be able to

  • visualize, interpret and report technical data;

  • design and compose web pages and UIs; and

  • present new audiences with accurate and effective information.

Students will round out their study through selecting several writing-intensive courses based in their focused area of study. The Science and Technology Writing Certificate program is taught on Main Campus over four semesters and is not offered online.

An image of students working on projects in class
Photo credit: Ryan S. Brandenberg, CLA ’14

Classes & Curriculum

In addition to your chosen writing courses, the undergraduate certificate in Science and Technology Writing also requires you to take two of the three following elective courses.

  • Communicating Science to a Broader Audience / Non-Scientists​

  • Introduction to Grant Writing

  • Introduction to Scientific and Regulatory Writing

Learn more about the course requirements for the Science and Technology Writing Certificate (Undergraduate).

Related Graduate Degrees

College of Science and Technology undergraduates can pursue professional careers across a wide variety of fields. You can also choose to further your education with graduate master’s or doctoral degrees. These degree programs prepare you to graduate with the skills and experience necessary to succeed in a competitive job market or pursue graduate research.

Research Internships

Our internships give you the opportunity to gain real-world professional and research experience to further your academic experience and help you form your path after graduation. Students have interned at Philadelphia-area organizations and performed research on campus or at other institutions. These experiences can enhance your prospects for future employment and graduate school.


The Science and Technology Writing Certificate (Undergraduate) serves as a foundational step for students who aspire to become a valued asset in the STEM space. Data has become more prominent in our lives and the need for trained professionals who can interpret and communicate scientific information to nontechnical audiences is increasing. Graduates of this program can expect to pursue careers in fields such technical writing as medical policy writing, or continue on to graduate programs.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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