Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication

Campus Locations Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No

Overview

Translate Complex Information into Understandable Language


If you enjoy the written language and the challenge that comes with organizing complex information, then a career in technical communications may be a great fit for you. From scientific articles and instruction manuals to software documentation and research reports, technical writers create essential communications for many products and services. Whether you envision yourself working as an editor, writer, or communications manager, you will need proficient writing, editing, and organizational skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication degree program features online courses that focus on areas that are critical to becoming a professional technical writer: English, logic, writing for professions, writing for the media, online documentation, and technical writing. You may focus your educational experience by choosing from electives in graphic communication and production, proposal or promotional writing, and writing for medical, software, or regulatory agencies. You will emerge from this program with the knowledge and skills required to embark on a career in technical communications. 


Career Outlook


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, employment of technical writers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the need to explain a growing number of electronic and scientific products increases. Job prospects are expected to be good for those with solid writing and communications skills and a technical background. Given the nature of the work, many technical writers work on a part-time or freelance basis.

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Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.

 


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.


Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:

 

ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.


Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.


Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY

 

Suggested courses:

 

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.


Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:

 

HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:

 

HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.

 

Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.


*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Curriculum

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Foundation Courses (15 q.h.)

Complete the following course:

PHL 3010
Logic 3 q.h.

Complete nine credits of Humanities electives from the following prefixes:

ART, CMN, ENG, JRN, PHL, or a modern foreign language 9 q.h.

Complete three credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:

CJS, HST, POL, PSY, SOC 3 q.h.

Major Courses (51 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

CMN 1151 Listening    3 q.h.
ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1 3 q.h.
ENG 3004 Writing for the Professions 2 3 q.h.
JRN 1050 Writing for the Media 3 q.h.
TCC 2001 Technical Writing 1 3 q.h.
TCC 2002 Technical Writing 2 3 q.h.
TCC 2005 Technical Editing 3 q.h.
TCC 3135 Online Documentation 3 q.h.
TCC 3130 Documentation Dev. and Completion 3 q.h.

Complete five of the following courses:

ART 2510 Graphic Communication & Production   3 q.h.
TCC 3010 Technical Promotional Writing 3 q.h.
TCC 3301 Software Technical Writing 1 3 q.h.
TCC 3302 Software Technical Writing 2 3 q.h.
TCC 3115 Writing for the Web 3 q.h.
TCC 4120 Proposal Writing 3 q.h.
TCC 4130 Writing for the Biotech Industry 3 q.h.
TCC 3127 Technical Writing for Reg. Agencies 3 q.h.

Complete three of the following courses:

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
CHM 1011 Chemical Principles 3 q.h.
ITC 2210 Programming Logic 3 q.h.
ITC 1243 Visual Basic Programming 3 q.h.
ITC 3244 Advanced Visual Basic 3 q.h.
ITC 2012 C++ Programming 3 q.h.
ITC 2001 Java Programming 3 q.h.

 

Non-Business Electives (30 q.h.)

Open Electives (31 q.h.)

 

Total Quarter Hours: 160


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $59,040.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2014-15 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This bachelor’s degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in technical writing, editing, communications, or journalism. Within these fields, you may wish to specialize in a specific industry:

  • Biotech
  • IT
  • Medicine

Many graduates pursue careers as technical writers, editors, or communication managers.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Prepare technical communication for targeted audiences using generally accepted tools, technologies, and conventions common to the industry.

  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Demonstrate and use grammatically correct English as the basis for analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating technical communication.

  3. Applied Learning
    Creatively apply information design and organizational principles in ways that can make technical communication easy to read and understand.

  4. Civic Learning
    Communicate in an unbiased way that embraces local as well as global perspectives and that strives to treat all audiences equally and with dignity and respect.

  5. Intellectual Learning
    Read, discuss, collaborate and provide feedback to classmates in order to develop critical thinking skills and frame the ways in which they approach technical communication.

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