Communication Sciences and Disorders

The undergraduate program immerses students in an academically rigorous and challenging course of study. In addition to the courses offered within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, students are required to take courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and mathematics. A Communication Sciences and Disorders baccalaureate degree provides students with a solid foundation for graduate study in several fields including Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

The undergraduate curriculum allows the opportunity for students who may be interested to study abroad or be part of the National Student Exchange. The second semester of year one or the first semester of year two are good choices for these pursuits. Students must plan their semester away with their department advisor at least one year in advance to assure that they complete their major requirements in a timely manner.

Overall, the Communication Sciences and Disorders major provides students with knowledge and skills that enable them to do well in either graduate school or in the work place. Students will have an excellent liberal arts education with a strong basis of normal and disordered communication. Students will acquire interpersonal, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as scientific reasoning, and strong writing, and presentation abilities.

Requirements for a Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

CD-100Introduction to Human Communication and its Disorders3
CD-103Language Science3
CD-110Anatomy and Physiology of Speech And Hearing3
CD-115Normal Development of Speech and Language3
CD-201Hearing Science3
CD-202Speech Science3
CD-205Phonetics3
CD-230Neuroscience for Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CD-301Directed Observations2
CD-305Introduction to Audiology3
CD-310Language Disorders3
CD-320Speech Disorders3
CD-400Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation3
CD-401Advanced Directed Observations2
CD-410Professional Guidelines and Skills3
CD-475Selected Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
Total Credits46

Students must obtain a minimum grade of a C in any prerequisite major course. In addition, a major course may be repeated only once to obtain a passing grade.

Out of department requirements include the following courses: one biological science (human or animal based), one physical science (physics, natural science or chemistry based), one math (MA-180 requires a placement test score of 5), one statistics, and two behavioral sciences of which one must be in developmental psychology. These requirements cannot be taken pass/fail. Advisors in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will help students choose appropriate courses in these areas.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (LASC FYS)3
EN-101 English Composition I (LASC WRI) 3
CD-100 Introduction to Human Communication and its Disorders 3
MA-180 Introduction to Functions (LASC QR) 1 3
BIO SCI  
Select one of the following  
BI-103
BI-104
The Human Animal
or Concepts of Biology
4
 Credits16
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II (LASC WRII) 3
CD-103 Language Science 3
CD-110 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech And Hearing 3
LASC 2 LASC Elective (USW)3
Statistics  
MA-150
Statistics I (LASC QR)1
or Psychological Statistics
3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
CD-201 Hearing Science (LASC QLAC) 4 3
CD-205 Phonetics 3
LASC 2 LASC Elective (GP)3
PS-101 General Psychology 3
LASC 2 LASC Elective (CA)3
 Credits15
Semester Four
CD-115 Normal Development of Speech and Language 3
CD-230 Neuroscience for Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
PS-210 Developmental Psychology 3
Physical Science  
Select one of the following: (LASC NSP) 3 4
Concepts in Physics I  
Physics of Waves  
Survey of Chemistry  
LASC 2 LASC Elective (TLC)3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
CD-202 Speech Science 5 3
LASC 2 LASC Elective (NSP)3
LASC 2 LASC Elective (ICW)3
LASC 2 LASC Elective (CON)3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Six
CD-301 Directed Observations 6,7 2
CD-310 Language Disorders 6 3
CD-320 Speech Disorders 6 3
CD-305 Introduction to Audiology 6 3
LASC Distribution Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits17
Year Four
Semester Seven
CD-400 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation 3
CD-401 Advanced Directed Observations 7 2
CD-410 Professional Guidelines and Skills 3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits14
Semester Eight
CD-475 Selected Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
 Total Credits123
1

MA-180 requires an Accuplacer score of 5 or higher. MA-150 requires and an Accuplacer score of 4 or higher.

2

LASC courses indicated with 2 are suggestions and serve as a reminder that LASC Distribution Electives must be taken to satisfy the LASC requirements.

3

See advisor for a full list of approved courses.

4

CD-201 requires an Accuplacer score of 3 or higher.

5

CD-202 requires an Accuplacer score of 3 or higher.

6

CD-301, CD-305, CD-310 and CD-320 are corequisite courses.

7

Completion of CD-301 and CD-401 satisfy LASC WAC.

Note:

  1. Most major courses have prerequisites that must be completed before enrolling into the subsequent course.
  2. Once major and LASC requirements are satisfied, students may elect any courses of interest to fulfill a minimum of 120 credits for graduation.
  3. Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review the upcoming semester’s academic course choices.

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.