Communication Disorders

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

The B.S. in Communication Disorders is a pre-professional degree that prepares students to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology or audiology and to attain a Certificate of Clinical Competence in their area of specialty.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in communication disorders from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders Program Website

Careers in Communication Disorders

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists assess and treat patients who have speech, language, voice, fluency, or oral motor disorders. They also assist people who wish to improve their communication skills through changes in vocal pitch, quality, or accent. Speech-language pathologists utilize special instruments and tests to develop individualized treatment plans for patients.


Audiologists identify, diagnosis, and treat people experiencing disorders associated with the ear and hearing. These disorders may include hearing loss or balance problems. Audiologists utilize technical equipment such as audiometers and computers to assess a patient’s impairment and to plan a course of treatment. Audiologists are concerned with the nature and extent of hearing loss and how this may impact a client’s quality of life.

Curriculum in Communication Disorders

Curriculum in Communication Disorders Students desiring the Communication Disorders (CMDS) major must formally apply for admission to the program after completion of 30 semester hours of course work that meets university core requirements.

Applications and procedures for admission are available in the CMDS Department, Haley 1199. Students must apply for admission by January 30 to begin the major in summer semester and applications must be received by May 30 to begin the major in fall semester. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to the deadlines. Students must earn a C or higher in each major course. Must repeat CMDS courses with grade below C to count in major; graduation may be delayed. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to take Clinical Practicum (CMDS 4910).

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core History3Core Humanities13
Select one of the following:3Core Mathematics3
PSYC 2010/2017 Introduction to Psychology
 Core Social Science3
ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective
Elective/Supporting course23 
 16 16
BIOL 1000 Introduction to Biology
   & BIOL 1001 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
4COMM 1000 Public Speaking33
Core Literature3BIOL 1010 A Survey of Life
   & BIOL 1011 A Survey of Life Laboratory
CMDS 3000 Introduction to Speech Pathology-Audiology43Core Fine Arts3
Elective/Supporting courses21Elective/ Supporting Coursework23
Physical Science4Core History3
CHEM 1010 Survey of Chemistry I
CHEM 1011 Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory
PHYS 1000 Foundations of Physics
 15 16
CMDS 3400 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech3CMDS 3410 Phonetics3
CMDS 4520 Language Acquisition3CMDS 3560 Neuroanatomy for Communication Disorders3
CMDS 4600 Introduction to Audiology3CMDS 4560 Child and Adolescent Language Disorder3
Elective/Supporting courses25CMDS 4650 Introduction to Clinical Procedures in Audiology3
 Elective/Supporting course23
 14 15
CMDS 4510 Articulation Disorders3CMDS 4530 Fluency Disorders3
CMDS 4580 Introduction to Clinical Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology3CMDS 4540 Vocal Disorders3
CMDS 4400 Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders3CMDS 4620 Hearing Rehabilitation3
Elective/Supporting courses26CMDS 4910 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology51
 Elective/Supporting course23
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 13
Total Hours: 120


CMDS 3000 Introduction to Speech Pathology-Audiology3
CMDS 3400 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech3
CMDS 4520 Language Acquisition3
Elective/Supporting course26
CMDS 3410 Phonetics3
CMDS 3560 Neuroanatomy for Communication Disorders3
CMDS 4560 Child and Adolescent Language Disorder3
CMDS 4600 Introduction to Audiology3
Elective/Supporting course23
CMDS 4400 Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders3
CMDS 4510 Articulation Disorders3
CMDS 4580 Introduction to Clinical Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology3
CMDS 4620 Hearing Rehabilitation3
CMDS 4530 Fluency Disorders3
CMDS 4540 Vocal Disorders3
CMDS 4650 Introduction to Clinical Procedures in Audiology3
CMDS 4910 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology1
UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0



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Last Updated: June 22, 2016