Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Degree Requirements  |  Four-Year Degree Plan

During your first and second years, you will take prerequisite courses and then take courses in your major during your third and fourth years.

The large majority of courses in the major are upper division, and focus in the following areas:

  • anatomic-physiological bases of speech, language, and hearing
  • physical properties of speech (acoustics and phonetics)
  • role of biology, cognition, environment, and culture in language acquisition
  • development of speech and language
  • speech, language, and hearing disorders across the life span
  • assessment and treatment procedures for individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders
  • professional issues in speech-language pathology and audiology

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires proficiency in a second language. The bachelor of science (BS) degree requires proficiency in mathematics or computer and information science or a combination of the two.



Bachelor of Arts Program Requirements

You will earn a minimum of 50 upper division credits in the CDS major. You will need an additional 12 upper division credits (300 or 400 level courses) for the university graduation requirement.

Area A — Total Credits: 54

TitleCREDITS
LING 150 Structure of English Words4
CDS 201 Communication Disorders in Society and Media
4
CDS 430 Speech Pathology-Audiology as Professions
2
CDS 431 Beginning Clinical Methods (Prerequisite: CDS 430)
3
CDS 442 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism
4
CDS 444 Clinical Phonetics and Phonology (Prerequisite: CDS 442, 450)
4
CDS 450 Introduction to Language Development (Prerequisite: LING 150 and WR 122 or 123)
4
CDS 451 Later Language Development (Prerequisite: CDS 450)
4
CDS 455 Child and Adolescent Development
4
CDS 457 Fundamentals of Audiology
4
CDS 458 Audiology Disorders and Treatment (Prerequisite: CDS 457/557)
4
CDS 460 Developmental Disorders in Communication (Prerequisite: CDS 450)
4
CDS 462 Acquired Disorders of Communication (Prerequisite: CDS 470)
4
CDS 470 Neuroscience of Speech and Language (Prerequisite: CDS 442)
4

Transfer courses

Transfer courses are not automatically added to the major portion of degree audits, but must be approved by the department and manually added by the registrar. Check with your CDS advisor if you have relevant transfer credits.

Area B — Total Credits: 16

TitleCREDITS
Social-behavioral science course4
Biological science course4
Physical science course4
Statistics course4

Please note:

  • Area B courses may be taken with the P/NP option
  • The biological and physical science course requirements will not be fulfilled by courses in research methods, history, or social/cultural aspects of the sciences. Biological science requirements may not be met by CDS courses.
  • Transfer courses accepted for Area B requirements may be 3 or 4 credits.

Area C — Total Credits: 4

Electives courses were chosen to provide students additional content in social, cultural, neurological, and/or linguistic factors affecting human functioning and communication.

Prerequisites and general education categories are noted where applicable.

TitlePrerequisiteCREDITS
ANTH 320 Native North Americans1 >2ANTH 1614
ANTH 322 Anthropology of the United States2 >2ANTH 1614
ANTH 329 Immigration Farmworkers Political Culture1 >2N/A4
ASL 301 American Deaf Culture1 >2N/A4
LING 301 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis >2N/A4
LING 396 Language and Cognition >2N/A4
PSY 304 Biopsychology >3PSY 2014
PSY 380 Psychology of Gender1 >2N/A4
SOC 305 America's Peoples >2; ASOC 204 or SOC 2074
SOC 311 Introduction to Social ResearchSOC 204 or SOC 2074
SOC 330 Sociology of the FamilySOC 204 or SOC 2074
SOC 345 Race and Ethnicity2 >2N/A4
SPAN 322 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics*Major/Minor only; SPAN 308, One from SPAN 301, 303, 305, 311, 3124
SPAN 324 Spanish Pronunciation & Phonetics*Major/Minor only; SPAN 308, One from SPAN 301, 303, 305, 311, 3124

1—Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance
2—American Cultures
*—There are similar courses available for other languages; speak to your advisor to see if those courses apply to the elective requirement


Four-Year Degree Plan

This is a sample program plan. Students will work with their advisor to develop an individualized course plan for meeting university requirements.

First Year — Total Credits: 51

Fall Term — Total Credits: 17

TitleCREDITS
BI 121 Introduction to Human Physiology

BI 121 is a suggestion; one course must be taken freshman year that fulfills the biological science requirement. Courses that satisfy this requirement include biology, human physiology, neuroanatomy, and genetics. Biology courses must have an animal focus.

4
WR 121 College Composition I4
First term of first-year second-language sequence5
Elective course4

Winter Term — Total Credits: 17

TitleCREDITS
MATH 243 Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics4
PHYS 152 Physics of Sound and Music

PHYS 152 is a suggestion; one course must be taken freshman or sophomore year that fulfills the physical science requirement. Courses that satisfy this requirement include chemistry or physics.

4
WR 122 College Composition II4
Second term of first-year second-language sequence5

Spring Term — Total Credits: 17

TitleCREDITS
PSY 202 Mind and Society

PSY 202 is a suggestion; courses in psychology, sociology, public health, or socialcultural anthropology fulfill the socialbehavioral science requirement.

4
Third term of first-year second-language sequence5
General education course in arts and letters4
General education course in science4

Second Year — Total Credits: 46

Fall Term — Total Credits: 16

TitleCREDITS
CDS 201 Communication Disorders in Society and Media 1 (Prerequisite: WR 121)
4
LING 150 Structure of English Words

LING 150 is a recommended prerequisite for sophomore year; satisfies general education requirement in arts and letters

4
First term of second-year second-language sequence4
General education course that also satisfies a multicultural requirement4

Winter Term — Total Credits: 16

TitleCREDITS
Second term of second-year second-language sequence4
General-education course in social science4
General-education courses in arts and letters8

Spring Term — Total Credits: 14

TitleCREDITS
CDS 430 Speech Pathology-Audiology as Professions 
2
Third term of second-year second-language sequence4
General-education course in social science4
General-education course in science4

Third Year — Total Credits: 45

Fall Term — Total Credits: 13

TitleCREDITS
CDS 442 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism 1
4
CDS 450 Introduction to Language Development (Prerequisite: LING 150 and WR 122 or 123)
4
General-education course in social science4

Winter Term — Total Credits: 16

 

TitleCREDITS
PSY 308 Development Psychology (Prerequisite: PSY 202)
4
Elective courses8

 

Spring Term — Total Credits: 16

TitleCREDITS
CDS 444 Clinical Phonetics and Phonology (Prerequisite: CDS 442, 450).
4
CDS 457 Fundamentals of Audiology 
4
Elective courses8

Fourth Year - Total Credits: 43

Fall Term — Total Credits: 12

TitleCREDITS
CDS 458 Audiology Disorders and Treatment (Prerequisite: CDS 457/557)
4
CDS 460 Developmental Disorders in Communication (Prerequisite: CDS 450)
4
Elective courses4

Winter Term — Total Credits: 16

TitleCREDITS
CDS 451 Later Language Development (Prerequisite: CDS 450)
4
CDS 470 Neuroscience of Speech and Language (Prerequisite: CDS 442)
4
Elective courses8

Spring Term — Total Credits: 15

TitleCREDITS
CDS 431 Beginning Clinical Methods (Prerequisite: CDS 430)
3
CDS 462 Acquired Disorders of Communication (Prerequisite: CDS 470)
4
Elective courses8