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Communication of Science and Technology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The Communication of Science and Technology program offered by Vanderbilt University is designed for students who have an interest in science and technology and also are interested in how science and technology are communicated to the larger world outside science, engineering, and medicine.
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The Communication of Science and Technology major at Vanderbilt University is unique in that it was invented by students in the early 2000s as an independent contract major and continues as an interdisciplinary major, with a small team of supportive faculty advisors, but with no formal home department.

Key facts:

  • Both the major and minor in the Communication of Science and Technology are interdisciplinary. Students must take advanced courses in writing and public speaking and are encouraged to take courses in video and film production.  These courses provide a broad, three-legged foundation of communication skills that are invaluable for students in any profession. 
  • Students must take at least five science and engineering courses; of these, at least three must be advanced courses in one or more scientific disciplines; up to two of these courses may be engineering courses.  Students also take a course that bridges the sciences with non-science content and issues (for example, Public Policy or Medicine, Health, and Society courses), a statistics course, and a selection of electives.
  • Students have a choice of using their required science/engineering courses and electives to probe deeply into a single discipline or of spreading those courses thinly over many disciplines. Many students combine this major with a second major or a minor in one of the natural sciences and/or a program in engineering.  This approach, which ensures depth of knowledge in a single content area as well as breadth across several areas of science and engineering, is considered best for those students who intend to become communicators of science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • History of Medicine
  • Science, Risk and Government Policy
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Control of Human Behavior

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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