Science Communication at BHSU

Study Science Communication at BHSU

The brand-new Science Communication Emphasis at BHSU merges science knowledge with mass media skills. From a unique combination of courses, students learn to effectively communicate scientific information to the general public.

With this degree, students will be able to pursue careers related to science in public relations, communication consulting, journalism, science outreach, and science policy.

The Science Communications Program at BHSU offers you:

  • Opportunities to work with science-based organizations throughout the Black Hills.
  • Skills in a field with a growing need
  • Opportunities for jobs and internships with the Sanford Underground Research Facility
  • Outstanding faculty in both the communications and science departments.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.


There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Advertisement
» Audio/Video Scecialist
» Broadcaster
» Commercial Photographer
» Creative/Art Designer
» Drone Photographer
» Filmmaker
» Fine Art Photographer
» Graphic Designer
» Inernational PR Specialist 
» Journalist
» Logo Designer
» Miltimedia Specialist
» News Editor/Writer
» Photojournalist
» Portrait/Wedding Photographer
» PR Agent
» Reporter
» Speech Writer
» Science Outreach Specialist
» Social Media Content Photographer
» Studio Product Photographer
» Radio Announcer
» Web Designer 

Science Communication Emphasis Requirements

  • 4 Science Class/ Lab
  • 4 Science Class/ Lab
  • 3 Science Class
  • 3 Science Class
  • 3 MCOM 151 Intro to Mass Communication (gen ed)
  • 3 MCOM 161 Graphic Communication
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography
  • 3 MCOM 331 Video Production
  • 3 MCOM 351 Web Design
  • 3 MCOM 430 Media Law
  • 3 MCOM 485 Science Writing

Take one of the following:

  • 3 MCOM 210 Basic Newswriting
  • 3 ENGL 379 Technical Communication

Take one of the following:

  • 3 MCOM 494 Internship
  • 3 MCOM 495 Practicum

Certificate Requirements

Get Involved on Campus

Jacket Journal & BHSU

Open to all BHSU students, the Jacket Journal newspaper is an award-winning campus organization. Several 400-level labs and the Jacket Journal staff produce a hard-copy newspaper as well as the student campus media online website Editorial, production, photography, and advertising staff positions are available each semester.
Contact to learn more.

The Buzz FM

Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, S.D. The Buzz is the university’s student run radio station. Students from any background or major are welcome.
Contact to learn more or tune in to 89.1 & 90.7 FM to listen.


Students experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs.
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Public Relations Club

BHSU Public Relations club is a professional development group for students focused on career enhancement, community involvement, conferencing, competition, and networking for internships and careers across the country. The group has regional and national affiliations that provide many opportunities for students to network with professional organizations, such as Public Relations Society of America.
Contact to learn more.


Whether students are photography majors or simply someone who enjoys photography as a hobby, this organization is open to all. Get involved in regional or national trips, fundraisers, and small adventures for photographers at every level. Shutterbuzz is a student-run organization that brings photographers together.
Contact to learn more.

Q: How does a non-traditional Mass Communication major from Black Hills State University end up working at the premier underground research facility in the U.S.?

A: “In my case it was through an internship. At the time the Sanford Lab communications department was looking for interns who could help produce a video about the facility. It was the professors who recommended that I apply for the internship.”



Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.