The Bachelor of Science in Communication gives students an opportunity to integrate knowledge of science and technology with practice in communication

Bachelor of Science in
Communication

Bachelor of Science in Communication

The Bachelor of Science in Communication gives students an opportunity to integrate knowledge of science and technology with practice in communication. A growing number of aviation and aerospace businesses require specialists in both internal communications and media relations. Students in this program learn how scientists think and work, and how to communicate scientific and technological information to a variety of audiences accurately and effectively. The program culminates in an internship, where students can put theory into practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Communication degree is housed in the Department of Humanities & Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typical First Year

A typical first year might include core courses like Science and Technology Communication and Introduction to News Writing, plus courses in mass communication, law and ethics, and media relations, along with elective courses such as digital photography or web design.

Degree Details

The program requires successful completion of at least 120 credit hours, of which 40 credit hours must be upper-level courses. Coursework includes general education, a communication core, communication-specified electives and a minor. The program also requires an internship.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, of which 40 credit hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)

The Communication program requires coursework in General Education, Communication core, Communication specified electives, one minor, and Open Electives.

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communication Theory & Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences (300-400)3
Computer Science3
Mathematics6
Physical and Life Sciences6
Total Credits36
Communication Theory and Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
Humanities
Lower-Level
HU 140
Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
HU 141
Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern
HU 142
Studies in Literature
HU 143
Introduction to Rhetoric
HU 144
Studies in Art
HU 145
Themes in the Humanities
Upper-Level
300-400 level
Social Sciences
Lower-Level
EC 200
An Economic Survey *
EC 210
Microeconomics
EC 211
Macroeconomics
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
SS 110
World History
SS 120
U.S. History
SS 130
History of Aviation in America
Upper-Level
SS 325
International Studies
SS 326
Russian-U.S. Relations
SS 333
U.S. - Asian Relations
SS 334
Contemporary Africa and the World
SS 336
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
SS 337
Globalization and World Politics
SS 340
U.S. Foreign Policy
SS 353
Early U.S. Diplomacy
SS 363
Inter-American Relations
*

EC 200 is not acceptable together with EC 210 or EC 211 or their equivalent

Core Requirements

The Communication core has three components: Required Communication Courses, Aviation and Aerospace Foundation Courses, and Science Foundation Courses.

Required Courses
This component of the Communication Core requires students to complete eight courses, including the following:
COM 225Science and Technology Communication3
COM 260Introduction to Media3
COM 265Introduction to News Writing3
COM 320Mass Communication Law and Ethics3
COM 322Aviation and Aerospace Communication3
COM 350Environmental Communication3
COM 360Media Relations I3
or COM 410 Advanced Professional Writing
COM 399/499Special Topics in Communication3
or CE 696/697 Cooperative Education
Aviation/Aerospace Foundation Courses
This component of the Communication Core requires students to complete two courses from among the following:6
AS 120
Principles of Aeronautical Science
SP 110
Introduction to Space Flight
SS 130
History of Aviation in America
Science Foundation Courses
This component of the Communication Core requires students to complete two courses from among the following:6
HU 302
Contemporary Issues in Science
HU 335
Technology and Modern Civilization
SS/PS 302
Evolution of Scientific Thought
Total Credits36

Specified Electives

To supplement coursework from the Communication Core, students complete five classes selected from among the following specified electives in Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences:

Select five of the following:15
COM 230
Digital Photography
COM 268
Sports Writing
COM 364
Visual Design
COM 411
Web Design Workshop
COM 412
Advanced Technical Writing
COM 415
Nonverbal Communication
COM 460
Media Relations II
HU 143
Introduction to Rhetoric
HU 319
Advanced Speech
HU 362
Communication and Organizational Culture
HU 363
Communication and Society
HU 375
The Nature of Language
HU 420
Applied Cross-Cultural Communication
International Relations Course(s), including
SS 325
International Studies
SS 326
Russian-U.S. Relations
SS 333
U.S. - Asian Relations
SS 334
Contemporary Africa and the World
SS 336
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
SS 337
Globalization and World Politics
SS 363
Inter-American Relations
Total Credits15

Minor

In consultation with their advisor and/or Communication program coordinator, students select a minor that enhances their knowledge base and increases their job prospects. Total credits in the minor vary, depending on the minor chosen. Suggested minors include:

Minors Required Credits
Aeronautical Studies18
Aviation Safety15
Applied Meteorology15
Business Administration18
Environmental Studies15-16
Human Factors15
International Relations15
Space Studies15
Credits Total15-18

Open Electives

Students complete open electives, experiencing the breadth of curriculum offerings of the University or selecting an additional minor.

Open Electives: Credits Total15-18
Credits Total120
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