College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Photography, Bachelor of Science

Four Year Progression Plan

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. COM101 Communication Analysis 3
Description: Integrated study of the analysis of oral, written, and visual messages. Emphasizes commonalities and differences across communication media. Letter grade only.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. COM131 Writing For Comm Channels 3
Description: Fundamentals of style, grammar, and structure in writing for specific communication channels. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. COM200 Basic Communication Theory 3
Description: Introduces the nature, elements, concepts, and processes of communication in its many settings; examines vocabulary and research methods of communication studies. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. PHO181 Communication Photography 3
Description: Fundamentals of photographic communication. Basic digital camera handling, composition, studio and natural light assignments. 3 hrs. lecture. Digital camera required. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CST111 Fdmtls Of Public Speaking 3
Description: Development of basic skills for creation and delivery of oral messages in public and in small groups. Emphasizes organization and reasoning. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
5. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHO282 Intro Digital Photo Workflow 3
Description: Fundamentals of digital photography; advanced camera handling, studio and natural light assignments with an introduction to digital photographic workflow and digital asset management. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: PHO 181 or PHO 281
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. JLS284 Basic Photojournalism 3
Description: Fundamentals of photojournalism and media photography; visual storytelling applications including multimedia, and photo editing. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHO285 Intermediate Photography 3
Description: Intermediate digital photography and computer image adjustments and workflow; emphasis on composition and technical control of photographic files. Digital-SLR with dedicated flash required. 3 hrs. lecture and lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: PHO 282
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. PHOELECTIVE See Catalog or Advisor 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHO382 Adv Digital Photo Workflow 3
Description: Advanced digital photography workflow. Working with raw images utilizing advanced computer editing techniques. Digital-SLR with dedicated flash required. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (PHO 181 or 281), PHO 282, and PHO 285
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. PHO383 Color Portrait Photography 3
Description: Advanced digital portrait photography and workflow; emphasis on color studio portraiture and natural lighting techniques. Color management with appropriate computer programs. Digital-SLR with dedicated flash required. Strongly recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently with PHO 382. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (PHO 181 or 281), PHO 282, and PHO 285
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. PHO384 Studio Photography 3
Description: Studio still commercial photography with emphasis on still life and tabletop subjects, composition, and lighting. Digital-SLR with dedicated flash required. Strongly recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently with PHO 382. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (PHO 181 or 281), PHO 282, and PHO 285
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHO483 Location Photography 3
Description: Photography on location using natural light and lighting systems. Emphasizes architecture, transportation, and landscapes. Digital-SLR with dedicated flash required. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (PHO 181 or 281), PHO 282, PHO 285, and PHO 384
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. JLWRCOURSE Jr Level Writing Requirement 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHO484 Corp And Industrl Photogrphy 3
Description: Commercial photography used in catalogs, brochures, websites, and annual reports. Emphasizes shooting in the studio and on location, and use of professional contracts and forms. Digital-SLR with dedicated flash required. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (PHO 181 or 281), PHO 282, and PHO 285
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. PHOELECTIVE See Catalog or Advisor 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHO488C Portfolio Development Seminar 3
Description: Individual portfolio work in commercial photography and photojournalism for entry into the professional field. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Photography (BS) and Senior status
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Bachelor of Science in Photography is designed to provide students with a strong skill set for a career in commercial photography. The extensive preparation using the tools of today for digital photography will provide today’s student with hands on experience and the ability to create a portfolio of work. Students may take courses and select a minor that will complement this plan with the assistance of photography faculty advisors.  Be aware that courses in your major may have prerequisites that you must complete before taking those courses. Courses for your major are offered in specific sequence and you must complete any required prerequisite courses in sequence and when they are offered to avoid being unable to enroll in a required course for which you have not completed the prerequisites. Failure to take courses in sequence may delay completion of your degree.

You are strongly encouraged to complete the Communication core and your English and Math Foundation your first year to prepare you for the required courses.

You must earn a grade of  “C” or better in the Communication Core (COM 101 and COM 200), COM 131 and Freshman Composition (ENG 105) and Liberal Studies Mathematics Foundation Course. You must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Photography major and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in these courses to complete this degree.

BE AWARE THAT THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF SELECTING COURSES RESTS WITH YOU. IT IS YOUR FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR COURSE OF STUDY, IN THEIR PROPER ORDER, SO YOU DON’T FIND YOURSELF IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR INELIGIBLE FOR GRADUATION.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Academic Services and Advising Center
School of Communication Building #16, Room 370
PHONE: 928-523-8055
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.