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Science and Environmental Writing, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #551 (QS) Bethlehem, PA, United States
Lehigh University's nationally and internationally known Science and Environmental Writing Program in the Department of Journalism and Communication graduated its first student in 1978. Every year since then, a small but select number of sought-after majors and minors have been graduated and have gone on to rewarding careers in media, industry, government, consulting and nonprofit organizations.
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The Science and Environmental Writing major offered at Lehigh University is ideal for students who want to write about pure and applied scientific research, technology, engineering, environment, medicine and health for a variety of audiences varying from the general public to scientists and engineers. In addition to learning how to write about these fields, students can gain experience in media analysis and research, risk communication, and national and international politics of science, environment, medicine and health.

Many students who minor in science writing do so because they realize how important communication is to success in their science and engineering fields. Almost all of these students find that science and environmental writing gives them a much-needed advantage over others in the workplace. Because they learn to think and write critically, they often find themselves assigned to special projects or as project team leaders. Partly because of their introduction to science and environmental writing, a few have altered their career paths to focus on writing or other pursuits, such as law.

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 include:

  • Environment, the Public and the Media
  • Health and Environmental Controversies
  • Visual Communication
  • Basic Science and Technical Writing
  • Science Writing Practicum
  • Writing for the Media

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.

General Requirements

  • $70 Application Fee
  • Electronic submission from your school through the Common Application website is accepted and encouraged.
  • Lehigh University will adopt a test optional policy for the SAT or ACT during the 2020-21 year.
  • Transcripts must have the high school seal and/or official signature and be from a high school with a CEEB code.
  • All non-US citizens are required to submit the Certificate of Finances form filled out for all four years.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bethlehem

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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