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Current Students

Students pursuing the undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences are typically interested in pursuing graduate work in speech pathology or audiology.  In addition, some students pursue other graduate degrees in areas such as special education and early intervention, or work after graduation as a speech pathology assistant or in an allied field. 

Course of Study

CDS undergraduate program plan

Students in the major may pursue either the Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.  CDS coursework begins in the sophomore year, with the majority of coursework completed in the junior and senior years.  Students have the option of pursuing clinical assistant positions (typically in the senior year) in the HEDCO clinic or in community placements. Students planning to pursue a master's degree in speech pathology should also to complete 25 observation hours prior to graduation.

CDS Students complete 61 quarter hours of CDS and related coursework, and 16 hours of required coursework in statistics and the biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences.  CDS courses provide 53 of the 62 upper division credits (300 and 400 level courses) required for graduation.  Many students choose to complete a minor in a wide range of fields, and a minor will contain sufficient upper division hours to complete this requirement.

Students are expected to be familiar with the CDS program plan and take the courses when indicated on the schedule.  All courses must be completed with a C- or better (or a Pass where appropriate). 

Faculty in the CDS program follow the CDS grading philosophy in determinining grades in undergraduate courses. 

Click here to see a list of CDS courses and their descriptions.