Undergraduate Degree Program
Degree program offered: Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (BSCD), major in Communication Disorders
The Department of Communication Disorders provides undergraduate students with the academic background to successfully enter a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. The undergraduate curriculum provides knowledge in normal and disordered speech, language, swallowing and hearing processes. Coursework in the major is supported by additional courses in psychology, counseling, biology, physics, and statistics.
The Department prepares students at the graduate level to diagnose and manage speech-language problems in children and adults. A master’s degree is required for state licensure and national certification. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
Students are initially considered pre-professional communication disorders majors. Once the student is accepted into the junior/ senior sequence, the major becomes communication disorders. Admission to the CDIS Junior/Senior-level courses is competitive and selective. Enrollment is limited by student/faculty ratios in both academic and clinical components of the program. To be considered for admission to the junior/senior-level courses, the following is required:
1. Students must be in overall good standing to apply.
2. An overall GPA of 3.0
3. Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of coursework from the freshman and sophomore courses listed on the CDIS degree plan. The 50 hours must be completed by the end of the Summer 1 session in the same calendar year in which the student wishes to begin the junior/senior sequence.
4. The following courses must be taken in the 50 hours:
- PHYS 1310: Elementary Physics
- CDIS 1331: Introduction to Communication Disorders
- BIO 2430: Human Anatomy and Physiology
- HP 3302: Biostatistics
- PSY 3300: Lifespan Development
5. These classes must be completed by the end of the Summer 1 session in the same calendar year in which the student wishes to begin the junior/senior sequence.
6. A minimum grade of C in support and major classes listed as part of the freshman/sophomore years on the Degree Plan (HIM 2360: Medical Terminology; BIO 2430: Human Anatomy and Physiology; HP 3302: Biostatistics; PSY 3300: Lifespan Development; CDIS 1331: Introduction to Communication Disorders.
Students are ranked by their GPA in the five required classes (CDIS 1331, HP 3302, PHYS 1310, PSY 3300 and BIO 2430) and admittance in the junior/senior year is based on this ranking. Preference for admission is given to students who have not repeated any of the five courses.
The application for admission is submitted to either the department or to the CHP Advising Center by May 15th. Admission decisions are made after the end of Summer 1. All students will be notified by letter of the CDIS Undergraduate Admission Committee’s decisions. Student selection is made on academic performance and not on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, or national origin.
CDIS Progression and Repeat Course Policy
1. The junior/senior-level courses (bachelors of science degree in communication disorders) academic sequence begins during the fall semester only.
2. Courses must be taken in the sequence identified in the catalog.
3. After admission into the junior/senior sequence, failure to enroll in all of the recommended CDIS courses for that semester as identified by an advisor in conjunction with the Degree Plan will delay graduation at least a year.
4. CDIS students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in each CDIS class. If a grade below “C” in a junior- or senior-level CDIS courses is earned, the student will not be allowed to continue as a communication disorders major and must change majors to something other than CDIS. This change will be done in conjunction with the student’s CDIS academic advisor and the College of Health Professions’ Advising Center.
5. Make no less than a “C” in support courses: BIO 2430, HIM 2360, HP 3302, ENG 3303, COUN 3320, PSY 3300 and PSY 4342 or 3350.
6. Have a GPA of 2.75 in the major in order to graduate.
7. If a student has not earned the minimum major requirement of 2.75 for graduation and earned “C” or higher in all CDIS courses, the student will be allowed to re-take CDIS courses only until the student achieves the GPA of 2.75. CDIS students are NOT permitted to re-take CDIS courses if they have earned C’s or higher in the courses.
1. Students who participate in the clinical or internship portions of the Department of Communication Disorders are required to purchase liability insurance or demonstrate proof that they are insured.
2. Students may obtain information on liability insurance from the departmental office.
Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders
Major in Communication Disorders
Minimum required: 120 semester hours
1. Any student who did not complete at least two years of the same foreign language in high school is required to take 6-8 hours of the same foreign language. If the computer proficiency requirement is not met through high school coursework, the student will be required to take a computer science course.
2. Students are required to complete the support course requirements by taking nine hours from the following courses: ANTH 3302, ANTH 3325, COUN 3320, ENG 3319, FCD 3355, HA 3309, PSY 3315, PSY 3316, PSY 3350, SOCI 3383.
3. If US 1100 is waived, the student must have a minimum of 120 hours to graduate. See the College Advising Center.
4. CDIS 4344 is taken either in the first or second semesters of the senior year. The department assigns which semester it is taken.
Recommended Course Sequence and Hours
|ENG 1310 & 1320||6|
|HIST 1310 & 1320||6|
|PHIL 1305 or 1320||3|
|BIO 1330 & 1130||4|
|CDIS 3325, 3312, 3459||10|
|CDIS 4330, 3469, 3475||11|
|Support Elective (see list)||3|
|ART, DAN, MU, or TH 2313||3|
|ENG LIT (2310, 2320, 2340, 2359, or 2360)||3|
|PHIL 1305 or 1320||3|
|POSI 2310 & 2320||6|
|HP 3302 or equivalent statistics||3|
|CDIS 4350, 3462, 4340, 4420||14|
|CDIS 4317, 4370, 4344, 4466||13|
|Support Elective x 2 (see list)||6|