B.S. in Communication

Students will:

  • Design effective visual and digital artifacts.
  • Analyze the development, principles, and goals of communication theories and put appropriate research methods into practice.
  • Apply the legal and ethical principles unique to the study and practice of communication.
  • Employ effective information gathering and news writing skills.
  • Create effective speeches and presentations.
  • Write professional documents for diverse audiences, purposes, and genres.

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 or a declared track in Broadcast Meteorology, and Open Electives:

General Education36
Communication Core Requirements42
Specified Electives15
Minor or Broadcast Meteorology Track15-18
Open Electives9-12
Total Credits120

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 & Skills (COM 122, COM 219, COM 221)9
Humanities - Lower level3
Social Sciences - Lower level3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Lower or Upper level 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper level 3
Computer Science 3
Mathematics (MA 222*)6
Physical and Life Sciences - one course must include a lab (WX 201*)6
Total Credits36

*Students in the Broadcast Meteorology Track are advised to take MA 222 as one of their General Education math requirements as these students will use statistical analyses, and WX 201 as one of the science requirements. 

Communication Core Requirements

The Communication core has two components: Required Communication Courses and Aerospace, Science, and Technology Foundation Courses.

Required Courses
This component of the Communication Core requires students to complete eleven courses, including the following:
COM 180Media Literacy3
COM 250Introduction to Communication Theory3
COM 265Introduction to News Writing3
COM 270Communication Research Theory and Methods3
COM 285Editing and Multimedia Production3
COM 320Mass Communication Law and Ethics3
COM 322Aviation and Aerospace Communication3
COM 330Science and Technology Communication3
COM 360Public Relations3
COM 415Nonverbal Communication3
HU 475Senior Thesis3
OR CECOM 496 Co-op Communication
Aerospace, Science, and Technology Foundation Courses9
This component of the Communication Core requires students to complete three courses from among the following.
Aircraft Familiarization and Regulations
Principles of Aeronautical Science
Uncrewed Aircraft Systems
Aviation Legislation
Flight Physiology
Introduction to Air Traffic Management
Foundations in Business Data Analytics
Techniques in Business Analytics
Foundations of Biology I
Foundations of Biology II
Intro to Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
Introduction to Computing in Aviation
Foundations of Information Security
Computer and Network Technologies
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Geoscience
Contemporary Issues in Science
Technology and Modern Civilization
Introductory Physics I
Foundations in the Sciences
Aviation Psychology
Principles of Accident Investigation
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
Environmental Compliance and Safety
Human Factors in Aviation Safety
Introduction to Space Flight
Planetary and Space Exploration
Space Transportation System
Space Station Systems and Operations
Life Support Systems
Fundamentals of Space Policy and Regulation
History of Aviation in America
Survey of Meteorology *
Aviation Weather *
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 Broadcast.

Select five of the following (four of which must be upper level):15
Sports Writing
Mass Media and Current Events
Social Media Communication (or COM 326HYB)
Environmental Communication
Communication and Organizational Culture
Visual Design
Special Topics in Communication
Advanced Technical Writing
Crisis Communication
Special Topics in Communication
Introduction to Rhetoric
Cross-Cultural Communication
Communication and Society
The Nature of Language
Introduction to Broadcast Meteorology *
Video Production *
Total Credits15

Course required for students in the Broadcast Meteorology Track.


Students who are not in the Broadcast Meteorology Track select, in consultation with their advisor, 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
Business Administration 18
Foreign Languages 15
Psychology 15
Space Operations 15
Marketing 15
Total Credits 15-18

Broadcast Meteorology Track

Students in the Broadcast Meteorology Track must complete the following courses in lieu of a minor:

WX 261Applied Climatology3
WX 327Operational Analysis and Forecasting3
WX 363Thunderstorms3
WX 365Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation3
WX 380Advanced Broadcast Meteorology3
WX 361Global Climate Change3
Total Credits18

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
Year One
UNIV 101 College Success 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 180 Media Literacy (OR Lower-Level Social Science) 3
AST Foundation Course 3
Computer Science Elective 3
Lower-level Humanities 3
Mathematics Requirement 6
Physical & Life Sciences Lecture 6
Physical & Life Sciences Lab 1
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Two
COM 180 Media Literacy (OR Lower-Level Social Science) 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
COM 250 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
Science and Technology Communication
COM 265 Introduction to News Writing 3
COM 270 Communication Research Theory and Methods (OR Communication Specified Elective) 3
AST Foundation Course 6
Minor Course or Open Elective 6
Upper-Level or Lower Level HU or SS 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
COM 270 Communication Research Theory and Methods (OR Communication Specified Elective) 3
COM 250 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
Science and Technology Communication
COM 320 Mass Communication Law and Ethics 3
Aviation and Aerospace Communication
COM 285 Editing and Multimedia Production 3
Public Relations
Minor Course or Open Electives 9
Upper Level HU Elective or Social Science Elective 3
Communication Specified Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Four
COM 320 Mass Communication Law and Ethics 3
Aviation and Aerospace Communication
COM 415 Nonverbal Communication 3
COM 285 Editing and Multimedia Production 3
Public Relations
Communication Specified Elective 6
Minor Courses or Open Electives 10-12
HU 475 Senior Thesis (OR CECOM 496) 3
 Credits Subtotal28.0-30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0-122.0