Bachelor of Science in Communication: Journalism of Science

Students earning the communication degree specialize in one of four areas: general communication, professional and technical communication (PTC), journalism of science (JS), or journalism of technology and business (JTB). All COM majors take coursework in editing, persuasion, communication law and ethics, and science and technology in society. PTC specialists add courses in document design, graphic and/or web design, linguistics, art and architectural history, and more. Journalism specialists add courses in journalism, mass media, and intercultural communication; JS specialists add courses in math and science, science writing, and philosophy of science, while JTB specialists take courses in economics, business, information technology, writing about technology, and history of technology.

Required Courses

Communication Requirements (9)
COM 371Persuasion3
COM 377Communication Law and Ethics3
COM 425Editing3
Portfolio
Journalism Requirements (12)
COM 323Communicating Science3
COM 372Mass Media and Society3
COM 435Intercultural Communication3
COM 440Introduction to Journalism3
Mathematics Requirement (5)
MATH 151Calculus I5
Science Requirements (11)
BIOL 107General Biology Lectures3
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
Science Elective (3-4)
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Human Biology3
Human Biology
Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
Principles of Chemistry II Without Laboratory
Basic Physics II3
General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
Mathematics and Science Electives (21)
Select 21 credit hours21
Computer Science Requirement (2)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D2
Science and Technology in Society (STS) Electives (6)
Select 6 credit hours from the following:6
Philosophy of Science3
Science and Method3
Science and Values3
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Introduction to the Profession (3)
Select 3 credit hours3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Minor Electives (15)
Recommended minors include: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics15
Free Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Total Credit Hours126-127
 

Bachelor of Science in Communication: Journalism of Science Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Introduction to the Profession3CS 105 or 1102
MATH 1515CHEM 1244
BIOL 1073COM 3723
Humanities 200-level Course3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
 17 15
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
COM 3233COM 3713
COM 3773Minor Elective3
PHYS 1234STS Elective13
Mathematics/Science Elective3Science Elective23
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 16 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
COM 4353COM 4403
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
Mathematics/Science Elective3Mathematics/Science Elective3
IPRO Elective I3Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
STS Elective13COM 4253
Minor Elective3Minor Elective3
Mathematics/Science Elective3Mathematics/Science Elective3
Mathematics/Science Elective3Mathematics/Science Elective3
IPRO Elective II3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 126
1

Select from: PHIL 341, PHIL 350, or PHIL 351.

2

Select from:  BIOL 114 or BIOL 115, CHEM 125 or CHEM 126, PHYS 212 or PHYS 221.