STJR Courses

For recent syllabi from these courses, please contact Dr. Barbara Gastel at or 979.845.6887.

VIBS 657. Issues in Science and Technology Journalism. (3-0). Credit 3. *

Current issues, fundamental concepts in science and technology journalism, communication theory, science and journalism components, philosophy and literature of the field.

VIBS 658. Research Methods in Science and Technology Journalism. (3-0). Credit 3. *

Research methods including theory, hypothesis formulation, design, data collection, data analysis, measurement and report writing. Qualitative and quantitative methods. Research topics.

VIBS 660. Reporting Science and Technology. (3-0). Credit 3. *

Gathering, writing and editing complex information, translation techniques, interpretation and analysis, literary and organizational devices and measurement of readability.

VIBS 685. Directed Studies in Science Editing. (3-0). Credit 3. *

Copyediting and substantive editing for general and specialized readerships, editorial conventions in science, resources for science editing, author-editor relationship, editorial ethics.

VIBS 663. Biomedical Reporting. (3-0). Credit 3.

Sources of biomedical information, specialized information-gathering skills, key biomedical vocabulary/concepts, audiences, outlets, translation/interpretation, research, ethical issues.

VIBS 664. Risk and Crisis Reporting. (3-0). Credit 3.

Assessment and analysis of environmental and health risk, analytical procedures, interpretation of risk factors, reporting science crisis events.

VIBS 685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester

Research problem or individualized study in an area of specialization in science and technology journalism. Topics have included, but are not limited to, magazine writing, grant proposal editing, advanced science editing, and teaching science writing.

* Required course

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