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Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides a broad liberal education as the foundation for entry into professional study of speech, swallowing, language and hearing across the life span. Hands-on-learning experiences are available to undergraduate students as well.

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders will be prepared for jobs as assistants to speech-language pathologists in educational and medical settings. They'll also be prepared for entry into a graduate program for speech-language pathology or a clinical doctorate program in audiology.

Below there are links to program summaries for traditional students, transfer students, as well as for our unique, 3+2 program (this program allows a student to earn a bachelor of science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology). A student with a degree in another a major may also review the "leveling" requirements to apply to the graduate program.

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Transfer Students Track
B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, 3+2 Program
Leveling Requirements for application to the SLP graduate program

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Traditional Student Track

Program Summary (Downloadable PDF)

Core Curriculum (21 hours)
Required General Education Courses (18 hours)
Education/Psychology Cognates (6 hours)
Other General Education Courses (37 hours)
Other Electives (38 hours)

Total Hours: 120

Core Curriculum (21 credit hours)

SLP 160 Intro to Communication Disorders 3
SLP 303 Physics of Sound 2
SLP 305 Anatomy/Physiology: Speech Mechanism 3
SLP 370 Early Speech and Language Development 3
SLP 402 Clinical Phonetics 3
SLP 464 Audiology 4
SLP 612 Principles of Intervention for Speech and Language Disorders 3

Required General Education Courses (18 credit hours)

PSY 100 General Psychology 3
PHYS 102 Physical Science (consider lab) 3
BIOL 100 Human Biology (consider lab) 3
MATH 110 College Algebra 3
MATH 250 Elements of Statistics 3
IDS 350 Diversity in the United States 3

Education Cognates (6 credit hours)

TEEL 231 Human Growth and Development
PSY 400 Child and Developmental Psychology 3
TESP 302 Educating Exceptional Students 3

Other Communication Sciences and Disorders Electives (minimum of 9 hours)

SLP 140 Communication Disorders in Society 1
SLP 320 Basic Sign Language 3
SLP 340 Language Sciences 3
SLP 371 Early Speech and Language Analysis
SLP 414 Independent Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders 1-3
SLP 420 Advanced Sign Language 3
SLP 450 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Social Communication 3
SLP 470 Later Language Development 3
SLP 471 School-Age Analysis of Speech and Language 1
SLP 610 Principles of Evaluation and Assessment 3
**SLP 615 Introduction to Clinical Procedures 1
*SLP 626 Undergraduate Clinic 3
SLP 663 Managing Hearing Loss in Children and Adults 3
SLP 664 Hearing Loss in Older Adults 2
SLP 665VA Communication Disorders in Aging 2
SLP 672 Problems in Speech Language Pathology 1-3
SLP 682 Readings in Speech Language Pathology 1-3
BIO 245 Medical Terminology

* SLP 626 Clinical Practicum-Enrollment will be Spring only. Application Required.
** SLP 615 Introduction to Clinical Procedures-Enrollment one semester only. Application required.


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