B.S. in Communication Disorders

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (CMD) is a pre-professional program designed for students seeking to eventually become speech-language pathologists. The program prepares students for future graduate training, which is needed before employment as a speech-language pathologist is possible. It is important to maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher because few graduate schools will accept less.

At the undergraduate level, students gain a broad understanding of the scientific bases of normal speech and hearing processes and the diagnostic and rehabilitation procedures necessary to work with individuals who have communication problems. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years. This schedule is only an example and may change based on departmental course rotation and other factors. 

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14 to 15
CMD 220  Communication Across the Lifespan 4
CMD 350  Sign Language and Braille 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education/Biology*** 3 to 4
   
Second Semester 15
CMD 105  Language and Speech Development 3
CMD 108  Nature of Language 3
CMD 203  Phonetics 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
General Education/Health and Wellness 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15 to 18
CMD 216  Articulation 3
CMD 221  Speech Science 3
CMD 400  OR  402  Clinical Practicum (first time)* 1 to 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
Free Elective 3
General Education/Fine Arts 3
   
Fourth Semester 15 to 18
CMD 310  Anatomy and Physiology 3
CMD 300  Fundamentals of Language Disorders in Children 3
CMD 400  Clinical Practicum: Video  OR  CDM 402  Clinical Practicum: Learn/Lang Ctr (first time)* 1 to 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology 3
Free Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15 to 19
CMD 301  Fundamentals of Language Disorders in Adults 3
CMD 305  Introduction to Audiology 3
CMD 400, 401 OR 402  Clinical Practicum (second time)* 1 to 3
Ethics Course 3
General Education/Chemistry or Physics*** 3 to 4
General Education Rec II Course**  3
   
Sixth Semester 15 to 18
CMD 306  Acoustics/Psychoacoustics 3
CMD 322  Technical Writing in Health and Education 3
CMD 400, 401 OR 402  Clinical Practicum (second time)* 1 to 3
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
General Education/American-English Literature 3
General Education Rec II Course** 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 12 to 15
CMD 320  Assessment of Speech and Language 3
CMD 400, 401 OR 402  Clinical Practicum (third time)* 1 to 3
CMD 450  Intro to Clinic Procedures 3
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
Free Elective 3
   
Eighth Semester 12 to 15
CMD 321  Common Organic Disorders 3
CMD 400, 401 OR 402  Clinical Practicum (third time)* 1 or 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
Free Elective 3
Statistics Course (recommended: MAT 205) 3
Total 120

* Taken in the fall or spring semester each time

** Any ANT, BIO, CHE, ESP, Foreign Language, GTY, Linguistics, PHI course taken in addition to other courses and approved by adviser

*** Two science courses are required, one biology course and one physical science course that addresses either chemistry or physics and meets current ASHA requirements. One of these courses should satisfy the Gen Ed - Natural Science requirement and one should satisfy the Gen Ed - Laboratory course requirement.

Program Notes

  • Above is a typical sequence of classes. Variations are permissible, but approval should be obtained from your adviser. Note that changes to course sequencing and offerings may occur.
  • Student must submit current clearances/checks/etc. prior to academic term in which clinical experiences/observations are obtained, such as CMD Clinical Practicum Series. These include but are not limited to: ACT 24 (Arrest/Conviction), ACT 31 (Mandated Report Training), Act 34 (Criminal Hx), ACT 114 (FBI Fingerprinting), ACT 151 (Child Abuse Hx), HIPAA Compliance & Hand Hygiene Training.
  • Four credits of the Clinical Practicum Series are required (6 credit max) for this degree. Rec: CMD 400 (1 credit), CMD 401 (1 credit), and CMD 402 (2-3 credits).
  • Freshmen and students without an overall GPA less than 2.0 are not permitted to enroll in the CMD Clinical Practicum Series.
  • Graduate school acceptance is competitive and the completion of this undergraduate program does not guarantee acceptance into this University‚Äôs graduate program in Communication Disorders.

Additional Requirements

Students will complete clinical work via the CMD 400 series.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires all CMD majors to successfully complete one biology course, one physics or chemistry course, one statistics course and a social science course outside of this department. Students register for these courses through the General Education portion of the curriculum.

Clinical Experience

Faculty believe that students should experience hands-on clinical contact early in their program of study. The communication disorders program provides contact with clients by having undergraduate students assist in:

  • the department's Learning and Language Center, a preschool program;
  • the University Speech and Hearing Clinic; and
  • the University Audiology Clinic.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/communication-disorders/index.aspx