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
ENGL 221Technical Report Writing3
or ENGL 222 Business Communication
SPCH 219Speech3
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
Take six (6) credit hours from any MATH series courses (excluding MATH 106)6
Computer Science
Take one of the following courses to satisfy Computer Science requirements. The course used to satisfy the General Education Computer Science requirement cannot also be used to satisfy a Core/Major or Minor requirement.3
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis
Computer and Network Technologies
Total Credits36


Communication Core33
COMD 225Science and Technology Communication3
COMD 260Introduction to Media3
COMD 265Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting3
COMD 320Mass Communication Law and Ethics3
COMD 322Aviation and Aerospace Communication3
COMD 335Technology and Modern Civilization3
COMD 350Environmental Communication3
COMD 360Media Relations I3
COMD 362Communication and Organizational Culture3
COMD 415Nonverbal Communication3
COMD 495Senior Project3**
or COIN 496 Co-Operative Education
**When taken as a part of the BS Communication degree, COIN 496 is a 3 credit hour course, and credit hours are approved by the Program Chair.
Aviation, Science, & Technology Foundation 9
Select three courses from the following options:
ASCI 202Introduction to Aeronautical Science3
ASCI 254Aviation Legislation3
ASCI 260Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems3
PHYS 142Introduction to Environmental Science3
SFTY 201Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety3
SFTY 205Principles of Accident Investigation3
WEAX 201Meteorology I3
PHYS 123Science of Flight3
Total Credits42


Communication Specified Electives9
Select three courses from the following options:
COMD 230Digital Photography3
COMD 295Rhetorical Strategies and Analysis3
COMD 363Communication and Society3
COMD 364Visual Design3
COMD 420Applied Cross Cultural Communication3
COMD 460Media Relations II3

(View Minors)

Select a minor, in consultation with your advisor.
***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 12-18
Open elective credits are dependent upon the selected minor.
Total Degree Requirements120

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