Communication - Bachelor of Applied Science

Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Overview

In a world where information is almost instantly disseminated and available from a variety of sources, the ability to communicate correctly, clearly, and persuasively has never been more important. This degree will help you become a skilled, ethical, and confident communicator with the capacity to positively impact families, communities, and organizations across the world.

Career Opportunities

Students trained in communication are prepared to work in exciting, wide-ranging, cutting-edge careers that provide meaningful messages to an interconnected global community.  Graduates of this program will find use for their skills in corporate training and development, human resources, professions sales, and various social services. Other careers that may be related to this degree include:

  • Human relations manager or coordinator

  • Sports broadcaster

  • Public relations specialist

  • Corporate trainer

  • Event planner

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, successful graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate in a persuasive, legal, and ethical manner.

  2. Research and analyze scenarios in order to develop sound ideas and solutions.  

  3. Produce targeted and effective written, spoken, and visual messages in media, group, and interpersonal settings.

  4. Effectively collaborate with diverse people in a variety of settings and circumstances.

  5. Serve in groups constructively or lead them productively.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Religion

Religion Cornerstone Courses

Complete each of the following
Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & His Everlasting Gospel (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 275Teachings & Doctrine of The Book of Mormon (Cornerstone)

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Religion Electives

Complete three additional religion courses
Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:6

College and Career Success

Complete both of the following
Course NumberTitleCredits
CAR 101College Success

1 credit

BAP 115Excel and Introduction to Technology

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:2

Internship

Complete at least 1 credit
Course NumberTitleCredits
CAR 299Internship

1-3 credits

Total Credit Hours:1

General Education

Program Required General Education

Course NumberTitleCredits
COMM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

ENG 101Introduction to College Writing

3 credits

ENG 201Intermediate College Writing

3 credits

MAT 252Statistics

3 credits

POLS 110American Government

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Fine Arts

Students must complete one of the following courses: 
Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 101Survey of Art History

3 credits

ART 110Survey of Visual & Performing Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3
 

Physical Sciences

Students must complete one of the following courses:
Course NumberTitleCredits
GEO 111Physical Geology, Online

3 credits

PS 120Introduction to Physical Geography

3 credits

PS 140Introduction to Physical Sciences

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Social Sciences

Students must complete one of the following courses:
Course NumberTitleCredits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

BUS 301Principles of Management

3 credits

ECON 161Microeconomics

3 credits

ECON 162Economic Principles and Problems-Macro, Online

3 credits

GEOG 130World Political Geography

3 credits

PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SOC 111Introduction to Sociology, Online

3 credits

SS 160Leadership & Human Behavior

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ECON 161 is recommended

General Education Student Choice

Students must complete one additional course from one of the following areas: (3-4 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:3-4
  • American Institutions Distribution courses (3 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts Distribution courses (3 credit hours)
  • Humanities Distribution courses (3 credit hours)
  • Life Sciences Distribution courses (3 credit hours)
  • Physical Sciences Distribution courses (3 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences Distribution courses (3 credit hours)
  • Math courses: Math 110 or higher (3-4 credit hours)

 

ECON 161 is recommended

Life Sciences

Students must complete one of the following courses:
Course NumberTitleCredits
LS 103Nutrition and Health

3 credits

LS 265Anatomy & Physiology

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4

LS 265 is for Medical Assisting student only

 

Total Credit Hours: 30

Communication Skills Certificate

Complete one of these certificates:

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15-18

Communication Fundamentals Certificate

Course NumberTitleCredits
DCC 180Fundamentals of Content Creation

3 credits

COMM 210Mass Communication and Society

3 credits

COMM 310Writing for Communication Careers

3 credits

COMM 320Public Speaking

3 credits

COMM 330Digital Communication

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Communication Core Certificate

Course NumberTitleCredits
COMM 300Communication Career Workshop

1 credit

COMM 350Communication Research Methods

3 credits

COMM 360Conflict Management

3 credits

COMM 370Media Law and Ethics

3 credits

COMM 380Communication Project Management

3 credits

COMM 499Communication Internship

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Recommended Elective Courses

The remaining 27-28 credits are elective credits. Students should work with an advisor to ensure that they complete coursework to satisfy the minimum 120 credit hour requirement and to fulfill the graduation requirement of at least 40 upper division required (300-400 level).

The following courses are recommended Communication-related courses. These courses are not specifically required, but are ideal courses to prepare students for their careers and to credits and the minimum 120 credit requirement. Students who desire additional skills in this area of study are also encouraged to pursue an additional Communication Skills Certificate (Digital Content Creation, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, or Technology Account Management).

 

Course NumberTitleCredits
COMM 340Public Relations Applied Principles

3 credits

COMM 390Intercultural Communications

3 credits

COMM 410Design Thinking

3 credits

COMM 425UX Strategy and Management

2 credits

COMM 435Advanced UX Design

3 credits

COMM 455Consumer Insight

2 credits

Total Credit Hours: 27-28

Graduation Requirements

1. Minimum of 120 total semester credit hours as outlined 
2. Grade of C or better in all program-specific courses 
3. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher

4 Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-division classes (>300 level)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.

First Semester

Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
DCC 180, Fundamentals of Content Creation, 3 credits
ENG 101, Introduction to College Writing, 3 credits
BAP 115, Excel and Introduction to Technology, 1 credit
CAR 101, College Success, 1 credit
REL, Religion, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours: 16

Second Semester

Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
Communication Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
Communication Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
REL, Religion 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours: 14

Third Semester

Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
Communication Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
Communication Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
COMM 210, Mass Communication and Society, 3 credits
ENG 201, Intermediate College Writing, 3 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours: 15

Fourth Semester

Communication Skills Certificate, 1 certificate class, 3 credits
COMM 310, Writing for Communication Careers, 3 credits
COMM 320, Public Speaking, 3 credits
COMM 330, Digital Channel Strategy, 3 credits
CAR 299, Internship, 1 credit
REL, Religion, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours: 15

Fifth Semester

Elective, Emphasis Upper-Level Department Elective, 3 credits
COMM 300, Communication Career Workshop, 1 credit
COMM 380, Communication Project Management, 3 credits
COMM 122, Interpersonal Communications, 3 credits
MAT 252, Statistics, 3 credits
REL, Religion, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours: 15

Sixth Semester

COMM 350, Communication Research Methods, 3 credits
COMM 360, Conflict Management, 3 credits
POLS 110, American Government, 3 credits
GE – SC, any General Education, Social Science Course, ECON 161, Microeconomics is recommended, 3 credits
REL, Religion Upper-Division, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours:14

Seventh Semester

Elective, Recommended Upper-Level Department Electives, 2 credits
Elective, Recommended Upper-Level Department Electives, 2 credits
COMM 370, Media Law and Ethics, 3 credits
GE – Choice, Any General Education, Choice course, ECON 162, Macroeconomics is recommended, 3 credits
GE – LS, any General Education, Life Science Course, 3 credits
REL, Religion Upper-Division, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours:15

Eighth Semester

Elective, Recommended Upper-Level Department Electives, 3 credits
Elective, Recommended Upper-Level Department Electives, 3 credits
COMM 499, Communication Internship, 2 credits
GE – PS, any General Education, Physical Science Course, 3 credits
GE – FA, any General Education, Fine Arts Course, 3 credits
REL, Religion, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours: 16

Total Communication (BAS) Degree Minimum Credit Hours 120