Science Writing ENGLISH X463.5

Course Description

Get a practical introduction to the diversity of science-writing opportunities, including those for news organizations, magazines, institutions and websites. Learn about finding story ideas and reliable sources, conducting interviews, matching writing style to the target audience and choosing the best structure for the given field. Study the craft of making complex, scientific concepts understandable and exciting to a general audience. In addition to many in-class exercises, you write a weekly science blog and an in-depth science article. A background in science is not required, but an interest in scientific topics is encouraged.

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


You must be proficient in English and have a solid grasp of English grammar.


ENGLISH X463.5 - 002 Science Writing
2014-2015 - Spring 2015
Jennifer Huber
Wed 6:30PM - 9:30PM
11 Mar 2015 to 8 Apr 2015
UC Berkeley Extension Golden Bear Center
Classroom 201
Wed 6:30PM - 9:30PM
22 Apr 2015 to 20 May 2015
UC Berkeley Extension Golden Bear Center
Classroom 201
  • Classroom
  • 10
  • 30.0
  • 2 semester units
  • Course Fee credit (2 units) $575.00
(Optional) A Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers
Oxford University Press
Blum, Knudson, Henig
(Optional) The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age
Da Capo Lifelong Books
SciLance, Hayden, Nijhuis
No meeting on April 15.