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Communication of Science and Technology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The program 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 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.

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
  • 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.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 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.


We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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