A Place for Research and Engagement
At an engineering-based university like Michigan Tech, you have a unique opportunity to work directly with your engineering peers. In scientific and technical communication you can join a research group, participate in an enterprise, or engage in senior design projects—leading the communication effort, while learning to collaborate and gaining confidence in developing the right message for your audience. You will lead.
A Place You Make An Impact
Our graduates are prepared to succeed both here and in their careers through the coursework and extracurricular opportunities available. We instill a growth mindset that challenges our students to reflect on every experience and adapt. Don’t just take our word for it. Hear it from our students.
A Place For Growth
We support you, ensuring you have the opportunity to gain real-world experiences while on campus:
- Utilize our network for co-op and internships with domestic and international businesses and organizations
Attend national conference and summits with scholarship funds
- Meet with the STC Advisory Board
- Enhance your resume, portfolio, and interview skills through workshops
Contact your Undergraduate Academic Advisor to learn more.
Which Is Better For Me, a BA or BS?
Though the degree itself takes its name from the larger rubric of "Scientific and Technical Communication," students may choose between two 120-credit streams within the degree. BS majors tend to take more math and science courses. BA majors typically take more design and multimedia courses. However, BS and BA majors have writing and design requirements, providing a strong foundation in design literacies. BS and BA majors complete an emphasis area (a series of classes taken in a different field of study in order to increase their knowledge of the fields they intend to work in). What students learn in their emphasis area helps them become better, more savvy technical communicators. Increasingly, employers are on the lookout for technical communicators who can show experience in a technical area. BS and BA majors select emphasis courses from any academic program at Michigan Tech.
Tomorrow Needs Scientific and Technical Communication Majors
Scientific and technical communicators are skilled at taking the highly technical information developers, engineers, and product managers need to convey to audiences who have varying degrees of technical knowledge. Their skills in technology and media are crucial in telling tomorrow’s stories and adapting to an ever-changing world.
Career Opportunities for Scientific and Technical Communication Majors
Scientific and technical communicators manage communication processes – developing and streamlining document content and design within various organizations, from government to business. At Michigan Tech, you are trained to address complex research questions from multiple perspectives, while gaining real-world experiences in making scientific, technical, and practical knowledge accessible to any audience.
Your STC degree means entering a high-demand field— #4 in Best in Creative and Media Jobs. This means plenty of choices about what field you enter: from research and development (R&D) or engineering to user experience, marketing, public relations, or media development.
Your future career options are unlimited with a degree in scientific and technical communication. Opportunities include:
- Content Developer
- Content Strategist
- Content Writer
- Contracts Representative
- Documentation Specialist
- Information Designer/Developer
- Information Developer
- Information Specialist
- Manual Writer
- Policy Writer
- Proposal Writer
- Public Information Officer
- Risk Communication Consultant
- Sales Representative
- Specifications Writer
- Speech Writer
- Staff Writer
- Technical Communications Specialist
- Technical Communicator
- Technical Editor
- Technical Illustrator
- Technical Trainer
- Technical Writer
- UX Writer
- Web/Graphic Designer
Companies Hiring Scientific and Technical Communication Majors
These are just some of the companies hiring scientific and technical communication majors:
- Duo Security
- Ford Motor
- Kohler Company
- Komatsu America
- Lockheed Martin
- Michigan Scientific Corporation