Bachelor of Science or Arts

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders offer students a foundational understanding of typical speech, language, and hearing development. Through courses that address anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, speech sound development, the development of language, and clinical practices for assessment and intervention, students learn about the complex process of communication and the range of differences and disorders that may affect communication. Congenital and acquired disorders that students will explore include: developmental language disorders, speech sound disorders, aphasia, autism spectrum disorder, and hearing loss. To enhance their learning and hands-on experiences, students will be invited to observe sessions in the on-campus clinic and collaborate with faculty on clinical research projects.

The required coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders can be completed in 4 semesters, and students have the option to take one of the courses (COSD 225) earlier in their programs as freshmen or sophomores.

The professional practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology requires a graduate degree from an accredited program. Individuals applying for national certification and state licensure must hold a master’s (or doctoral) degree in the appropriate area of study, meet specific requirements in coursework, practicum, and professional experience, and pass a national examination. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (R, L)

This major covers the R and L within REAL

ALL majors must take the same required core courses:

Required Core Courses- 43 Credit hours

  • COSD 225. Communication Processes, Development, and Disorders. 3 (L)
  • COSD 301. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech-Language-Hearing Mechanism. 3
  • COSD 315. Language Science. 3 (WI)
  • COSD 316. Hearing Science. 3 (R)
  • COSD 323. Speech Science. 4 (R)
  • COSD 330. Introduction to Audiology. 3 (R)
  • COSD 401. Neuroanatomy in Communication Disorders. 3
  • COSD 403. Public School Methods in a Diverse Society. 3 (A)
  • COSD 421. Language Development: Birth to Five Years. 3 (A)
  • COSD 425.  Later Language Development. 3
  • COSD 438. Phonetics. 3
  • COSD 454. Speech-Language Disorders:  Prevention and Assessment. 3 (A)
  • COSD 455. Speech-Language Disorders: Intervention Methods and Application. 3 (L)
  • COSD 459. Introduction to Articulation and Phonology. 3 (L)