Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS)

Program Requirements

Required General Education

General Education Courses (12 credits) Students must take a total of 12 credits with at least one course in each of the following areas: Statistics, Biology, Physical Sciences (physics or chemistry), and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Common Core

Procedures for observing, describing, analyzing behaviors associated with human communication. Open to non-majors.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

Functional anatomy of the ear, common pathologies, and measurement of hearing and sound.

Prerequisites: none

Classification and management of speech, language, and hearing disorders and how their effects can marginalize a population.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Acquisition and sequences of phonological, syntactical, morphological and semantic features of language across the lifespan. Theory and research.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge base of the auditory and speech sciences as they relate to communication disorders. The major emphasis is on the characteristics of sound and sound transmission and the relationship to speech perception.

Prerequisites: none

This course addresses overall equity, inclusion and diversity issues in the field of Communication Sciences & Disorders by specifically exploring cultural humility and identity and how that impacts client/caregiver and therapeutic interactions in diverse settings. Issues of race, ethnicity, linguistics, sexuality and gender will be explored.

Prerequisites: none

This course will explore interprofessional practice and research design with emphasis related to the areas of allied health and nursing sciences and disciplines. Basic overview of research methodologies commonly utilized in health sciences and approaches to interprofessional research will be explored through review of original research. Students will be required to produce and revise scientific writing with specific focus on interprofessional studies. Team-based problem centered research questions will be developed and investigated using various research methodology and interprofessional practice best standards with current health-related issues.

Prerequisites: none

Using IPA to analyze and transcribe the sounds of English, emphasizing understanding the process involved to produce phonemes in normal, culturally different and disordered speech.

Prerequisites: none

Anatomy and Physiology with specific focus on structure and function of speech, language, and hearing mechanisms. Specific systems include respiration, phonation, articulation, hearing, and neurology (peripheral and central).

Prerequisites: none

Types and characteristics of language disorders in children.

Prerequisites: none

Lab associated with CDIS 402. Practice in applying course content to the language of children.

Prerequisites: none

An overview of neuroanatomy and neuroscience and relationships between neuroscience and speech, language, and hearing.

Prerequisites: none

Habilitative audiology and the instruction of the hearing- impaired, including hearing aids, speech reading and auditory training.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised observation of the diagnostic and remedial management of speech and language disorders. Pre-req: Concurrent enrollment in CDIS 434

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CDIS 434 

Procedures and operation of the clinical program in communication disorders. Pre-req: Consent, concurrent enrollment in CDIS 431

Prerequisites: Consent, concurrent enrollment in CDIS 431 

Description, etiology, assessment and management of speech sound problems.

Prerequisites: none

Tests, measures, procedures and processes for the evaluation and diagnosis of speech and language.

Prerequisites: none

Observation of clinical case studies.

Prerequisites: none

Presentation of clinical case studies.

Prerequisites: none

Major Restricted Electives

Clinical Practicum - Choose 2 Credit(s). Choose CDIS 320; CDIS 420 or CDIS 495 to fufill this requirement. Consult your advisor as needed.

Audiometrics is a clinical experience (practicum) for undergraduate students interested in speech-language pathology and audiology. Beginning and Intermediate Audiometrics consists of primarily observation of hearing evaluations in the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hearing Clinic. As the semester progresses, students will perform basic evaluation procedures such as tympanometry and/or otoscopy with clinical instruction. Students will engage in the clinical process from preparation for an evaluation through reporting out the results and making recommendations.

Prerequisites: none

Audiometrics is a clinical experience (practicum) for undergraduate students interested in speech-language pathology and audiology. Advanced Auditometrics consists of administering hearing evaluations in the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hearing Clinic. Students will perform basic evaluation procedures such as tympanometry and/or otoscopy. Advance Audiometric students will also perform case history, pure tone threshold testing, Central Auditory Processing Disorder testing, and report writing. Students will engage in the clinical process from preparation for an evaluation through reporting out the results and making recommendations and serve as a clinical leader in diagnostic teams.

Prerequisites: none

A practicum course designed to educate students clinical speech-language pathology services to persons with communication disorders. The student will begin to develop skills to conduct diagnostic sessions, design and implement intervention plans and write clinical reports. Pre-req: 3 of the following: 402, 416, 417, 438 (completion of or concurrent enrollment in 444). Overall GPA of 3.0 is highly recommended. Please contact your advisor if you are interested in taking the course without this prerequisite GPA.

Prerequisites: 3 of the following: 402, 417, 438. CDIS 416 is recommended.

Major Unrestricted Electives

American Sign Language Courses - Choose 0 - 12 Credit(s).

Beginning ASL - Level I aims to develop a basic understanding and use of American Sign Language through learning parameters of sign, fingerspelling, basic grammar and a basic understanding of Deaf culture.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Intermediate American Sign Language - Level II builds off knowledge and skills obtained in Level I. Expands on understanding and use of more complex grammar, classifiers, and social conversation.

Prerequisites: none

Advanced I American Sign Language - Level III involves more extensive use of classifers, labeling, social conversation and increased ability to be fluent, smooth and have confidence and flow in signing.

Prerequisites: none

This course is a continuation of Advanced knowledge in American Sign Language. Fluent, social and academic use and understanding of sign language will be explored as well as continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf Culture and Deaf Community.

Prerequisites: CDIS 306, CDS 307

Audiology Electives - Choose 0 - 13 Credit(s).

Audiometrics is a clinical experience (practicum) for undergraduate students interested in speech-language pathology and audiology. Beginning and Intermediate Audiometrics consists of primarily observation of hearing evaluations in the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hearing Clinic. As the semester progresses, students will perform basic evaluation procedures such as tympanometry and/or otoscopy with clinical instruction. Students will engage in the clinical process from preparation for an evaluation through reporting out the results and making recommendations.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge base of various auditory and vestibular disorders. It will explore the effects of auditory dysfunction as it relates to communication, education and remediation.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base of Deaf culture. The many facets of the deaf/hard of hearing person's life will be explored. The debate over cochlear implantation is discussed in great detail.

Prerequisites: none

Students will learn the definition of central auditory processing disorders (CAPD), as well as the controversies surrounding the diagnosis of the disorder. The neuroanatomy and physiology related to auditory processing will also be covered in order to understand the diversity involved in the diagnostic and management methods of CAPD. Students will learn the appropriate test batteries, the diagnostic team involved, the inclusion of a multidisciplinary team approach and treatment/management options for CAPD. This course would be beneficial to education majors, CDIS majors, Educational Psychology.

Prerequisites: none

Audiometrics is a clinical experience (practicum) for undergraduate students interested in speech-language pathology and audiology. Advanced Auditometrics consists of administering hearing evaluations in the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hearing Clinic. Students will perform basic evaluation procedures such as tympanometry and/or otoscopy. Advance Audiometric students will also perform case history, pure tone threshold testing, Central Auditory Processing Disorder testing, and report writing. Students will engage in the clinical process from preparation for an evaluation through reporting out the results and making recommendations and serve as a clinical leader in diagnostic teams.

Prerequisites: none

Other Electives - Choose 0 - 7 Credit(s).

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the areas of literacy foundations, development, assessment, intervention and disorders. Students will engage in both clinical and academic writing in the context of literacy assessment and intervention.

Prerequisites: none

This course will explore interprofessional practices with emphasis related to the areas of allied health and nursing sciences and related disciplines. Students will learn how to interact with other disciplines. Students will be taught techniques to implement outcome-based interprofessional activities through project or community-based experiences.

Prerequisites: none

4-Year Plan

The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual 4-Year plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 15 Credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Diverse Cultures Course * 3 credits

Writing Intensive Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

Classification and management of speech, language, and hearing disorders and how their effects can marginalize a population.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Second Year

Fall - 15 Credits

Acquisition and sequences of phonological, syntactical, morphological and semantic features of language across the lifespan. Theory and research.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge base of the auditory and speech sciences as they relate to communication disorders. The major emphasis is on the characteristics of sound and sound transmission and the relationship to speech perception.

Prerequisites: none

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

Procedures for observing, describing, analyzing behaviors associated with human communication. Open to non-majors.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

Functional anatomy of the ear, common pathologies, and measurement of hearing and sound.

Prerequisites: none

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

Third Year

Fall - 15 Credits

Using IPA to analyze and transcribe the sounds of English, emphasizing understanding the process involved to produce phonemes in normal, culturally different and disordered speech.

Prerequisites: none

Anatomy and Physiology with specific focus on structure and function of speech, language, and hearing mechanisms. Specific systems include respiration, phonation, articulation, hearing, and neurology (peripheral and central).

Prerequisites: none

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

This course addresses overall equity, inclusion and diversity issues in the field of Communication Sciences & Disorders by specifically exploring cultural humility and identity and how that impacts client/caregiver and therapeutic interactions in diverse settings. Issues of race, ethnicity, linguistics, sexuality and gender will be explored.

Prerequisites: none

This course will explore interprofessional practice and research design with emphasis related to the areas of allied health and nursing sciences and disciplines. Basic overview of research methodologies commonly utilized in health sciences and approaches to interprofessional research will be explored through review of original research. Students will be required to produce and revise scientific writing with specific focus on interprofessional studies. Team-based problem centered research questions will be developed and investigated using various research methodology and interprofessional practice best standards with current health-related issues.

Prerequisites: none

Habilitative audiology and the instruction of the hearing- impaired, including hearing aids, speech reading and auditory training.

Prerequisites: none

Description, etiology, assessment and management of speech sound problems.

Prerequisites: none

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Fourth Year

Fall - 15 Credits

Types and characteristics of language disorders in children.

Prerequisites: none

Lab associated with CDIS 402. Practice in applying course content to the language of children.

Prerequisites: none

An overview of neuroanatomy and neuroscience and relationships between neuroscience and speech, language, and hearing.

Prerequisites: none

Tests, measures, procedures and processes for the evaluation and diagnosis of speech and language.

Prerequisites: none

Observation of clinical case studies.

Prerequisites: none

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Spring - 15 Credits

Supervised observation of the diagnostic and remedial management of speech and language disorders. Pre-req: Concurrent enrollment in CDIS 434

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CDIS 434 

Procedures and operation of the clinical program in communication disorders. Pre-req: Consent, concurrent enrollment in CDIS 431

Prerequisites: Consent, concurrent enrollment in CDIS 431 

Presentation of clinical case studies.

Prerequisites: none

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 2 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 2 credits