College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013


Photography, Bachelor of Science

This degree provides experience, training, and theory in the techniques of digital photography. The program includes both studio and location photography, the use of computer image adjustment, working with light, and managing workflow. Students participate in fieldwork and produce a senior portfolio project.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Photography?

Does buttery afternoon light make you shutter-happy? The making of a quality photograph begins with the vision of the person behind the lens. Train your eye—and mind—to capture the best light: pursue a Bachelor of Science in photography.

The university's program takes an integrated approach to the discipline that will help you secure a brilliant future in photography or a related field. Courses in the major combined with the communication core and electives, provide a solid skills base on which to build a career in commercial photography. In advanced courses you will focus on the finer details of light manipulation, composition, darkroom technique, digital imaging, photo editing, and much more.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Art direction
  • Illustration
  • Lighting technology
  • Advertising

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Outdoor recreation planner
  • Park naturalist
  • University professor
  • YMCA coordinator

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 48 units of major requirements
  • At least 18 units of minor requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a PHO prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan


Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
  • You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • See the School of Communication page for information about the Communication Core, Advising and Student Responsibilities, and Graduation Requirements.
  • You should also be aware that you may take PHO 408 in your final two years before graduation; however, you must apply to and receive prior approval from our photography faculty members. We reserve the right to deny approval based on our assessment of your preparation and competence.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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