Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see General Education, Cultural Diversity, American Institutions, and Literacy Requirements under the BA in Communication Design.

Course Requirements for the Major: 53 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.


6 courses required:
CDES101Introduction to Communication3.0FS
CDES102Principles of Comm Design3.0FS
CDES103Writing for Electronic Media3.0FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
CDES206Intro Photo Com & Dig Imaging3.0FS
CDES303Communication Criticism3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
CDES307Technology and Communication3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 102.


Instructional Design: 18 units

6 courses required:
CDES271Intro Design Instruct/Training3.0FS
CDES272Media for Instruction/Training3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 271 or concurrent enrollment or faculty permission. Students taking the course for the Minor in Education should request faculty permission.
CDES373Desgn & Dev of Instruct Prod3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 272.
CDES474Eval Instruct Products & Prog3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 373 or faculty permission.
CDES475Performance Analysis3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 373.
CDES476Res, Theory, App in INST3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 373.

Technical Skills: 5 units

2 courses required:
CDES131Visual Communication Concepts2.0FS
CDES216Introduction to Audio in Media3.0FS

Media Emphasis: 6 units

2 courses selected from:

Select both courses from one of the following groups.

Video Group

CDES366Field Video Production3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103, CDES 206, CDES 216; CDES 141, CDES 261 (both with a grade of C or higher).
CDES464Advanced Video Editing3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 366.
CDES466Studio Video Production3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 366.

Multimedia Group

CDES222Intro to WWW Design & Pub3.0FS
CDES314Intro Multimedia Dsgn & Dev3.0FA
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy, faculty permission.
CDES322Advanced WWW Design & Publish3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222.
CDES414Adv Multimedia Dsgn & Develop3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 314.

Additional Courses: 6 units

2 courses selected from:
CDES317Info & Comm Technologies3.0FS
CDES319New Telecom Technology3.0SP
Prerequisites: Senior standing or faculty permission.
CDES327Visual Information Design3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 214, CDES 282.
MGMT303Managing People/Bus Proc/Chg3.0FS
MGMT304Human Resource Management3.0FS
MGMT350Organizational Behavior3.0Inq
Prerequisites: MGMT 303.
PSYC362Psychology of Learning3.0FS
PSYC414Psychology of Teaching3.0FS
Prerequisites: PSYC 355, faculty permission.
PSYC494Industrial/Organizational Psy3.0Inq

Please see the Electives, Grading, and Advising Requirements under the BA in Communication Studies.

Please see Honors in the Major under the BA in Communication Studies.