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B.S. in Communication

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 experience, an internship in which students put theory into practice.

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 business 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 and networked blogs.

This focused, yet flexible, course of study requires students to hone specialized communication skills and to produce 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.

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, the Communication Core, Communication Specified Electives, a 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
Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern
Studies in Literature
Introduction to Rhetoric
Studies in Art
Themes in the Humanities
Music Appreciation and Criticism
Upper-Level
300-400 level
Social Sciences
Lower-Level
An Economic Survey *
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Psychology
World History
U.S. History
History of Aviation in America
Upper-Level
International Studies
Russian-U.S. Relations
U.S. - Asian Relations
Contemporary Africa and the World
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Globalization and World Politics
Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
Early U.S. Foreign Policy
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 362Communication and Organizational Culture3
COM 399/499Special Topics in Communication3
or CE 396/397 Cooperative Education
COM 415Nonverbal Communication3
Aviation/Aerospace Foundation Courses
This component of the Communication Core requires students to complete two courses from among the following:6
Principles of Aeronautical Science
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
Introduction to Space Flight
Planetary and Space Exploration
Space Transportation System
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
Contemporary Issues in Science
Technology and Modern Civilization
Evolution of Scientific Thought
Survey of Meteorology
The Joy of Science
Introduction to Environmental Science
Astronomy
Flight Physiology
Total Credits42

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
Digital Photography
Sports Writing
Mass Media and Current Events
Visual Design
Web Design Workshop
Advanced Technical Writing
Media Relations II
Introduction to Rhetoric
Communication and Society
The Nature of Language
Applied Cross-Cultural Communication
International Relations Course(s), including
International Studies
Russian-U.S. Relations
U.S. - Asian Relations
Contemporary Africa and the World
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Globalization and World Politics
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 Studies 18
Aviation Safety 18
Applied Meteorology 15
Business Administration 18
Human Factors 15
International Relations 15
Space Studies 15
Total Credits 15-18

Open Electives

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

Open Electives: Total Credits9-12
Total Degree Credits120