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

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

Description, etiology, assessment and management of voice and resonance disorders.

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

A practicum course designed to train the student to provide competent clinical services to persons with communication disorders. The student will 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). GPA of 2.8 in major courses.

Prerequisites: 3 of the following: CDIS 402, CDIS 416, CDIS 438 (completion of or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 444). GPA of 2.8 in major courses. 

Major Unrestricted Electives

Research Option - Choose 0 - 3 Credit(s).

This course will explore transdisciplinary 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 transdisciplinary research will be explored through review of original research. Students will be required to produce and revise scientific writing with specific focus on inter/transdisciplinary studies. Team-based problem centered research questions will be developed and investigated using transdisciplinary methodology with current health-related issues.

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

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

Writing Intensive Course * 3 credits

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

Description, etiology, assessment and management of voice and resonance disorders.

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

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

A practicum course designed to train the student to provide competent clinical services to persons with communication disorders. The student will 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). GPA of 2.8 in major courses.

Prerequisites: 3 of the following: CDIS 402, CDIS 416, CDIS 438 (completion of or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 444). GPA of 2.8 in major courses. 

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 3 credits

Other Graduation Requirements Course * 2 credits