Scientific Illustration

At BVU the experience and practice of the visual arts is an interdisciplinary pursuit. Within the Art Studio major, the areas offered are art history, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, drawing and design. All studio courses involve hands-on experience taught by faculty members who are professional artists.


Artists Saving Lives

Scientific illustrators get the best of both worlds, and when it comes to their job: they blend an understanding of science and artistic skill into one career. Scientific illustration requires skill in detailed, realist drawing with a range of mediums. Generally, scientific illustrators produce drawings that appear in textbooks, academic journals, museums, magazines, scientific websites, and other scientific sources.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Professional Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Professor
  • Master Printer
  • Arts Administrator


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Where You Will Learn

A different kind of classroom

As a scientific illustration major, students will dive into our studio and gallery spaces and begin learning new techniques right away in their first year of study. They’ll join a dynamic, creative learning community with intimate sized studio classes, an active studio environment, and a focused outcomes-based curriculum. The faculty are practicing artists that regularly model and communicate the compelling demands and rewards of creative study. By the last semester at BVU, students are fully prepared to begin their career or attend graduate school in medical-related graphic design or laboratory research.


There are many courses available in scientific illustration, ranging from weekend workshops to full degree and postgraduate programs. However, only a few colleges in the United States offer an undergraduate degree in scientific illustration. Additionally, experience in digital design programs and expertise of digital design techniques are vital to a scientific illustrator's career.

Drawing Skills

Scientific illustration requires highly accurate, realistic drawing skills to communicate complex ideas and concepts. BVU students rely on illustration courses to help refine their drawing. Some illustration may copy directly from specimens, but others involve using references and imagination to represent abstract concepts, extinct species and microscopic organisms.

Other Skills

A flair for science is essential for a scientific illustrator. You may choose to specialize in areas such as medicine, paleontology, biology, or chemistry. This is a degree program requiring industry experience before graduating with a bachelor's degree, and the classes at BVU fully prepare you for securing the skills needed before graduation.

Major in Scientific Illustration/Pre-Medical Illustration (63 Credit Hours)
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Scientific Illustration Faculty

Mr. David Boelter
Professor of Art
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Mary Mello-Nee
Ms. Mary Mello-Nee
Professor of Art
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