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Bachelor of Science in Communication

Choose the Right Degree

The art of delivering information continues to evolve with each new medium, creating new opportunities across virtually every industry. Skilled communicators who can analyze complex information and deliver effective messages in print and digital formats are in demand from the newsroom to the board room.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has focused its BS in Communication on the specific needs of technical and science-minded students who want to gain the valuable knowledge not offered in a general communication degree program. Choosing this degree can provide you with an advantage in understanding how to interpret, analyze and report on technological and scientific topics across all types of media.

You will explore how today’s communicators work across multiple channels – from traditional written media and print publications to the most cutting-edge information retrieval and delivery systems. In addition, you will examine emerging issues in aviation, aerospace and science, and learn how to share your findings with both technical and mainstream audiences.

Whether you are entering college for the first time or are a working professional seeking to enhance your marketability, the Bachelor of Science in Communication can help prepare you for a tomorrow steeped in technology, where media-rich communication will bring information to life in new ways.

Career Areas

Every business has a need for expert communicators to share information with internal and external audiences. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a faster-than-average 15 percent growth rate in technical writing jobs through 2022.

The professional disciplines available for technical and scientific communicators are quite varied and can include:

  • Corporate Communications
  • Journalism
  • Online Content Development
  • Public Relations
  • Science and Technical Reporting
  • Script and Speech Writing
  • Technical Writing and Editing

Depending on your interests and goals, you might find a career path in diverse areas like these:

  • Aerospace
  • Aviation
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Scientific Research
Program Objectives

Key issues are explored in-depth, including:

  • Gain a strong foundation in the basic concepts of communicating in today’s technology-centric world.
  • Become practiced in scientific and technical communication for aviation, aerospace, environmental science and other technology-based industries.
  • Analyze research techniques and the principles of scientific inquiry.
  • Get hands-on experience with visual design, photography, news writing and reporting.
  • Explore new media communications including social media, blogging, web site content and more.
  • Evaluate the laws, ethics, cultural and societal aspects of mass communication.
Degree Requirements
General Education
Course / TitleCredits
Communication Theory and Skills: 
ENGL 123 English Composition3
Speech/English6
Humanities*: 
HUMN 330 Values and Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences: 
ECON 210 Microeconomics -OR- ECON 211 Macroeconomics3
Social Science elective (History/Government/Social Science/Psychology/Economics)3
Physical and Life Science Lower-Level electives: 
Physics/Biology/Meteorology6
Mathematics: 

MATH 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I-AND-MATH 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II

-OR-

MATH 140 College Algebra-AND-MATH 142 Trigonometry

6
Computer Science: 
CSCI 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Total Credits36
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, and Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Life Science, Mathematics and Computer Science may be chosen from as listed, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.

Core/Major
Communication Core33
Aviation, Science, & Technology Foundation9
Course / TitleCredits
COMD 225 Science and Technology Communication3
COMD 260 Introduction to Media3
COMD 265 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting3
COMD 320 Mass Communication Law and Ethics3
COMD 322 Aviation and Aerospace Communication3
COMD 335 Technology and Modern Civilization3
COMD 350 Environmental Communication3
COMD 360 Media Relations I3
COMD 362 Communication and Organizational Culture3
COMD 415 Nonverbal Communication3

COMD 495 Senior Project

-OR-

COMD 495A Internship

3
     Select three courses from the following options:
ASCI 110 Introduction to Space Flight3
ASCI 185 Introduction to Flight3
ASCI 210 Space Transportation Systems3
ASCI 215 Space Station Systems and Operations3
PHYS 142 Introduction to Environmental Science3
SCTY 323 Intelligence and Technology3
SFTY 215 Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Aviation Safety3
SFTY 315 Environmental Compliance and Safety3
TRAN 274 Transportation Science3
WEAX 201 Meteorology I3
Total Credits42

Electives/Minor
Communication Specified Electives9
     Select three courses from the following options:
Course / TitleCredits
COMD 230 Digital Photography3
COMD 295 Rhetorical Strategies and Analysis
COMD 363 Communication and Society3
COMD 364 Visual Design3
COMD 420 Applied Cross Cultural Communication3
COMD 460 Media Relations II3
Minor12-18
     Select a minor, in consultation with your advisor, from the following options 
Minor in Airport Management15
Minor in Aviation Management12
Minor in Aviation Safety18
Minor in Emergency Services18
Minor in Human Resources12
Minor in International Relations15
Minor in Logistics Management12
Minor in Management18
Minor in Management Information Systems12
Minor in Marketing12
Minor in Occupational Safety and Health18
Minor in Project Management12
Minor in Security and Intelligence18
Minor in Technical Management12
Minor in Transportation18
Minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems18
Open Electives15-21
     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.

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