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CW 161 - Writing in the Biological Sciences

Spring 2019

Intended for both biology majors and non-majors, this course provides students with a rhetorical framework for understanding the conventions of writing within the biological sciences. The goal is to help students write more effectively for readers in biology, as well as for readers outside the field. Exploring ideas of audience, genre, style, and authorship, students read a variety of texts, including critical texts from rhetoric and composition that analyze writing in biology. Also explored are genres specific to biology and genres intended for wider audiences (e.g., editorials, grant application letters, explanatory articles). Students also write in a variety of these genres.

Available in 
Fall and Spring
Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement and at least one course in a biological science
Units and Format 
3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option 
Letter grade





Class Number: 31750
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 2:00pm - 3:30pm @ 134 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: An Overview of the Genres in Biology
Instructor: Kim Freeman
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