Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Degree Requirements  |  Four-Year Degree Plan  |  How to Apply

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



Bachelor of Science 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

course and Title CREDITS
EDLD 450 Information Data Retrieval 1
LING 150 Structure of English Words 4
CDS 201 Communication Disorders in Society and Media 4
CDS 430 Speech Pathology-Audiology as Professions 2
CDS 431 Beginning Clinical Methods 3
CDS 442 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism 4
CDS 444 Clinical Phonetics and Phonology 4
CDS 450 Introduction to Language Development 4
CDS 451 Later Language Development 4
CDS 455 Child and Adolescent Development 4
CDS 457 Fundamentals of Audiology 4
CDS 458 Audiology Disorders and Treatment 4
CDS 460 Developmental Disorders in Communication 4
CDS 462 Acquired Disorders of Communication 4
CDS 470 Neuroscience of Speech and Language 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

course and Title CREDITS
Social-behavioral science course 4
Biological science course 4
Physical science course 4
Statistics course 4

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.

course and Title Prerequisite CREDITS
ANTH 320 Native North Americans1 >2 ANTH 161 4
ANTH 322 Anthropology of the United States2 >2 ANTH 161 4
ANTH 329 Immigration Farmworkers Political Culture1 >2 N/A 4
ASL 301 American Deaf Culture1 >2 N/A 4
LING 301 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis >2 N/A 4
LING 396 Language and Cognition >2 N/A 4
PSY 304 Biopsychology >3 PSY 201 4
PSY 380 Psychology of Gender1 >2 N/A 4
SOC 305 America's Peoples >2; A SOC 204 or SOC 207 4
SOC 311 Introduction to Social Research SOC 204 or SOC 207 4
SOC 330 Sociology of the Family SOC 204 or SOC 207 4
SOC 345 Race and Ethnicity2 >2 N/A 4
SPAN 322 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics* Major/Minor Only; SPAN 308, One from SPAN 301, 303, 305, 311, 312 4
SPAN 324 Spanish Pronunciation & Phonetics* Major/Minor Only; SPAN 308, One from SPAN 301, 303, 305, 311, 312 4

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: 48

Fall Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS
WR 121 College Composition I 4

MATH 105 University Mathematics I

MATH 105 is a suggestion; math courses should be selected based on placement test scores and student interest.

4

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
General-education course in science 4

Winter Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS
WR 122 College Composition II 4
MATH 111 College Algebra 4
General education course in science 4
General education course in arts and letters 4

Spring Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS

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

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
MATH 243 Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics 4
General-education course that also satisfies a multicultural requirement 4

Second Year - Total Credits: 46

Fall Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS

CDS 201 Communication Disorders in Society and Media 1

Course required for majors; satisfies identity, pluralism, and tolerance multicultural requirement.

4

LING 150 Structure of English Words

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

4
General-education course in social science 4
General-education course in science 4

Winter Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS
General-education course in science 4
General-education course in arts and letters 4
Elective courses 8

Spring Term - Total Credits: 14

course and Title CREDITS
CDS 430 Speech Pathology-Audiology as Professions 2
General-education course in arts and letters 4
Elective courses 8

Third Year - Total Credits: 45

Fall Term - Total Credits: 13

course and Title CREDITS
EDLD 450 Data and Information Retrieval 1 1
CDS 442 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism 1 4
CDS 450 Introduction to Language Development 4
Elective course 4

Winter Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS
CDS 455 Child and Adolescent Development 4
Elective courses 8

Spring Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS
CDS 444 Clinical Phonetics and Phonology 4
CDS 457 Fundamentals of Audiology 4
Elective courses 8

Fourth Year - Total Credits: 43

Fall Term - Total Credits: 12

course and Title CREDITS
CDS 458 Audiology Disorders and Treatment 4
CDS 460 Developmental Disorders in Communication 4
Elective courses 4

Winter Term - Total Credits: 16

course and Title CREDITS
CDS 470 Neuroscience of Speech and Language 4
Elective courses 12

Winter Term - Total Credits: 15

course and Title CREDITS
CDS 431 Beginning Clinical Methods 3
CDS 462 Acquired Disorders of Communication 4
Elective courses 8