Scientific and Technical Communication

Scientific and technical communications students working together.

Communication changes everything.

Write, design, produce, and convey information to connect companies and consumers. Michigan Tech graduates head communications departments and run their own companies.

Technical communicators make scientific, technical, and practical knowledge available to a variety of audiences in various media such as print, video, web, and digital multimedia. Choose from a BS or BA degree, then take courses in an emphasis area—a different field of study where you will increase your awareness of the fields you intend to work in. You’ll graduate as a savvy technical communicator with the expertise employers want.

Michigan Tech’s strong science, technology, engineering, and math programs give you the tools and skill set to customize your career in industry or as an entrepreneur.

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

  • Collaborate with students on reading, writing, and oral presentations in our Multiliteracies Center.
  • Learn from world-class faculty in small classes, allowing you to know your professor on a first-name basis.
  • Get involved with the CinOptic Communication and Media Enterprise—a student-run business team that works to design products such as marketing materials, websites, and more for clients at Michigan Tech and around our community.
  • Incorporate cutting-edge technology into a liberal arts education.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Technical Writing
  • Documentation Specialization
  • Usability Specialization
  • Graphic Design
  • Grant Writing

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • Apple
  • Discovery Channel
  • Kohler
  • Unisys
  • School Districts
"Michigan Tech was the only college I ever considered. My mother graduated from Tech in ’93. I started in materials science, but switched to scientific and technical communication. It’s not that I didn't like engineering—I missed English and writing. I still enjoy science and math, but I’ve always wanted to write." Piper Schlaeppi, ’20

Customize your Degree:

Choose from a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). As a BS major, you’ll take more math and science courses while you’ll focus on design and multimedia courses with the BA option. Focus areas are available in:

  • Rhetoric and writing
  • Business communication
  • Writing in the sciences
  • Digital rhetorics

Minors are available in:

  • Communication Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Modern Languages—French, French International, German, German International, Spanish, Spanish International
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Take Courses Like:

  • Visual Media Analysis
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Organizational Communication
  • Usability and Instructions Writing
  • Graphic and Information Design

Learn more about scientific and technical communication at Michigan Tech!