In the 2016-2017 Catalog

B.S. in Communication

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Masters Aeronautical Science

The Bachelor of Science in Communication requires students to integrate knowledge of science and technology with practice in communication.  In this program, students learn how scientists think, how they frame research questions, and how they use various methodologies to pursue their goals.  Communication students additionally practice gathering, analyzing, and disseminating scientific and technological information to a variety of audiences.  A significant element of the program is the capstone course, completing a senior project or an internship**.

As modern society is increasingly influenced by developments in science and technology, the demand for skilled communicators in these fields continues to grow.   Aviation, aerospace, and technology industries, for example, require more internal communication specialists, as well as professionals in media and public relations, to relay information clearly and accurately.  This program addresses that nationwide necessity.

News organizations rely on science communicators in various fields, including meteorology, environmentalism, medicine, and technology.  Communication students work in traditional written media, such as newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and journals, as well as in cutting-edge information retrieval and delivery systems, including Web sites, networked blogs and social media.

This focused, yet flexible, course of study requires students to hone specialized communication skills and to assemble portfolios displaying those skills.  These graduates, the next generation of communication specialists, are positioned to enter three specific career paths, including:

  1.  Communicating science information to specific and general audiences through a variety of mass media,
  2.  Representing companies and organizations through media relations, using written, oral, and visual media, and
  3.  Communicating news to general audiences through print and electronic media.

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, the Communication Core, Communication Specified Electives, a Minor, and Open Electives. 

**Due to state authorization requirements, internships must be conducted in approved states only.


General Education

General Education
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, and Humanities and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills
ENGL 123English Composition3
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences
ECON 210Microeconomics3
or ECON 211 Macroeconomics
Social Science elective (History/Government/Social Science/Psychology/Economics)3
Physical and Life Science Lower-Level electives
Physics/Biology/Meteorology/Chemistry, etc.6
MATH 111
MATH 112
College Mathematics for Aviation I
and College Mathematics for Aviation II
or MATH 140
MATH 142
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
Computer Science
CSCI 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Total Credits36


Communication Core33
Aviation, Science, & Technology Foundation 9
COMD 2253
COMD 2603
COMD 2653
COMD 3203
COMD 3223
COMD 3353
COMD 3503
COMD 3603
COMD 3623
COMD 4153
COMD 4953
or COMD 495A
Select three courses from the following options:
ASCI 1103
ASCI 1853
PHYS 142Introduction to Environmental Science3
SFTY 2153
SFTY 3153
TRAN 2743
WEAX 2013
Total Credits42


Communication Specified Electives9
Select three courses from the following options:
COMD 2303
COMD 2953
COMD 3633
COMD 3643
COMD 4203
COMD 4603

(View Minors)

Select a minor, in consultation with your advisor, from the following options:
Minor in Airport Management 15
Minor in Aviation Management 15
Minor in Aviation Safety18
Minor in Economics18
Minor in Emergency Services15
Minor in Human Resources15
Minor in International Relations15
Minor in Logistics Management15
Minor in Management18
Minor in Management Information Systems15
Minor in Marketing15
Minor in Occupational Safety and Health 18
Minor in Project Management15
Minor in Security and Intelligence18
Minor in Technical Management15
Minor in Transportation18
Minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems18
***For students in the Bachelor of Science in Communication degree program the RSCH 202 prerequisite for courses in a minor is waived since RSCH 202 is not required for the program.
Open Electives 15-21
Open elective credits are dependent upon the selected minor.
Total Degree Requirements120

Minnesota student residents refer to State of Minnesota Course Requirement statement for Humanities requirements.