BIOLOGY 197 - Science Writing for Everyday Life
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The goal of this course is to give students who are interested in biology an introduction to writing in the sciences. We will do this through a variety of writing assignments including creative writing, journals, descriptive writing, popular writing (scientific communication to the public), peer-review, textbooks, and a lab report. We will expose students to a variety of scientific experiences including attending a scientific presentation (and writing a brief summary), professional communication and attending a science course of their choice (and taking notes), generating a testable hypothesis, and conducting a short experiment focusing on the impacts of humans on squirrel behavior. Whether you are creating a lab report, research proposal, or scientific paper, you are only considered a successful scientist when you can communicate your ideas to others in your chosen field. Although we will focus mainly on writing techniques and science writing, we will make the most of our time together and cover many introductory biological concepts through various writing assignments. This course is intended for students that are interested in any one of the many STEM concentrations offered by the University of Michigan, or who plan to go into the health professions or teaching.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Recognize and master basic scientific writing techniques and practices;
  • Recognize and become fluent in the many types of science writing starting with popular writing to lab reports;
  • Have the ability to successfully compose examples of scientific writing including scientific papers, review papers, and journal entries;
  • Recognize the need for revision, clarity, conciseness, and precision for scientific writing;
  • Develop a robust understanding of how science works and improve scientific reasoning skills by reading and interpreting scientific literature.


BIOLOGY 197 - Science Writing for Everyday Life
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MWF 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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