Communication Disorders and Sciences Undergraduate Program

Why earn an undergraduate degree in communication disorders and sciences?

Bachelor’s Degree

The communication disorders and sciences (CDS) bachelor’s degree is considered a pre-professional degree.

You will have the foundation to pursue graduate studies that will lead to a career as a speech pathologist or audiologist.

We will provide you with:

  • prerequisite course work for graduate work in speech language pathology and audiology
  • scientific and theoretical frameworks for understanding human communication and communication disorders
  • perspectives on communication disorders across the lifespan

With a graduate degree, you can then work with individuals of all ages who are challenged by communication disorders from diverse cultural, linguistic, social, and economic backgrounds.

If you want to pursue graduate work in audiology, you may need to take additional courses in the sciences.

Apply for a BA or BS


The advantage of postbaccalaureate status is that students are eligible to enter the program and complete many of the prerequisites necessary for graduate school and certification, regardless of prior undergraduate degree.

Completion of communication disorders and sciences (CDS) prerequisites prepares a student for a speech pathology master’s program and generally makes a student more appealing to graduate program admissions committees across the country.

Postbaccalaureate Program Apply for Postbaccalaureate Stauts

Program Options

The communication disorders and sciences undergraduate program offers the following degree options:

What can I do with a degree in communication disorders and sciences?

You can pursue a graduate degree in speech pathology or audiology. You may also choose to pursue a graduate degree in a related fields such as:

  • early intervention
  • special education
  • teaching
  • human services

You can also take a position as a speech pathology assistant or in an allied field.

Contact information

Bachelor’s Programs

Karen McLaughlin, PhD, CCC-SLP
Director, CDS Undergraduate Studies
Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Postbaccalaureate Program

Marilyn A. Nippold, PhD, CCC-SLP
Special Education and Clinical Sciences