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Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
As an undergraduate majoring in technical communication, you will study both the theory and practice of communication in written, oral, and nonverbal forms.
Some of your courses—both general education and major courses—will be completely online. You will learn how to function successfully in online environments because much of your future work as a technical communicator may take place in such environments.
All undergraduate students in the technical communication program must complete the experiential learning requirement.
Bachelor of Science curriculum:
This degree requires a minimum of 126 credit hours to graduate.
You are required to complete a core curriculum of 33 credit hours, which includes:
- TCH COM 2540 Layout and Design (co-listed with ENGL 2540): 3 hours
- TCH COM 2560 Technical Marketing Communication (co-listed with ENGL 2560): 3
- TCH COM 5620 Research Methods in Technical Communication: 3
- ENGL 2410 Theory of Written Communication: 3
- TCH COM 3440 Theory of Visual Technical Communication: 3
- TCH COM 4410 Theory and Practice of Technical Communication: 3 (capstone)
- Five TCH COM electives, which may include ENGL 3560 and/or 3302 (15)
You must take a number of general education classes, including:
- ENGL 1211, 1212, 1231, 1221, 1222, etc. (select one): 3 hours
- Speech & Media Studies 1185: 3
- ENGL 1120: 3
- TCH COM 1600 (co-listed with ENGL 1600): 3
- Psychology 1101: 3
- Biology 1113, 2223, 2233, 2263 (select one): 3
- Math 1140: 3
- Chemistry, Geology, or Physics: 3
- Math or Statistics (select one): 3
- History 1300, 1310, 1100, or 1200 (select one): 3
- Micro Economics 1100: 3
- Political Science 1200: 3
- Humanities, Art, Theater, etc. (select two courses): 6
In consultation with your advisor, you will select 36 hours of interdisciplinary courses from only two of the areas listed below, with no fewer than 15 credit hours per area. At least 12 of the 36 hours must come from courses numbered 2000 or above. Your course selections must be approved by the technical communication faculty in the Department of English and Technical Communication.
- biological sciences
- computer science
- engineering management
- one foreign language
- information science and technology
- management and information systems
- political science
- speech and media studies
- any area of engineering
To reach the minimum number of credit hours needed to graduate (= 126 for this B.S. degree), you will need to complete at least 15 additional credit hours of your choosing beyond the major requirements, general education requirements, and interdisciplinary requirements.
Dr. David Wright