The undergraduate curriculum in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to provide instruction in the basic components of the discipline and to prepare the student for entrance into a graduate program. (The minimum entry level qualification for professional practice in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology is a master's degree.) The undergraduate student will study the basic speech and hearing sciences and the normal human communication process, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of therapy. Clinical observations are required; a supervised clinical practicum in which direct treatment is provided to a communicatively disordered client is an elective senior experience. Although the school practicum experience occurs at the graduate level, it is strongly recommended that students take the necessary coursework for school licensure at the undergraduate level. These courses can be taken as electives.
The mission of the bachelor of science in communication disorders is to graduate students who demonstrate competence in the university learning outcomes, along with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level success in graduate work in communication sciences and disorders and other allied fields. Students graduate as engaged learners and critical thinkers, who exhibit basic competence in the foundations of the discipline of human communication sciences, including speech, language, and hearing.
Students must fill out an application (download form) to be admitted into the major, and admission to the major is restricted to those applicants meeting the following requirements:
- minimum grade of C in:
- CDIS 1230 - Introduction to Communication Disorders,
- CDIS 2240 - Phonetics, and
- CDIS 2250 - Speech and Language Acquisition and Development,
- with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in these courses; and
- completion of a speech-hearing screening exam; and
- an overall GPA of 2.5 after 30 hours.
For a student to maintain a CDIS major once admitted, the student must have:
- minimum grade of C in all CDIS courses completed; and
- 2.5 GPA in the major; and
- 2.5 GPA overall
All major core courses must be taken for a grade, except for those courses graded only Satisfactory (S) / Unsatisfactory (U).
Admission into the undergraduate major in CDIS does not assure admission into the Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in communication sciences and disorders are expected to:
- Understand basic principles of biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences as they relate to problems in communication sciences and disorders.
- Apply information in basic human communication processes to disorders thereof.
- Critically evaluate problems in human communication and its disorders.
- Create solutions by researching, evaluating, and communicating evidence-based approaches to critical problems in communication sciences and disorders.
- CDIS 1230 Introduction to Communication Disorders
- CDIS 2240 Phonetics
- CDIS 2250 Speech and Language Acquisition and Development
- CDIS 3010 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
- CDIS 3020 Acoustics for Speech and Hearing
- CDIS 3110 Phonological Assessment and Intervention
- CDIS 3510 Language Assessment and Intervention
- CDIS 3610 Diagnostic Audiology (Spring only)
- CDIS 4010 Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders
- CDIS 4610 Fundamentals of Audiologic Rehabilitation (Fall only)
- CDIS 4800 General Seminar
- CDIS 4210 Practicum in Communication Disorders (elective experience)
- CDIS 4760 Introduction to Research in Speech and Hearing (elective experience)