2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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)


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners (recommended)  OR  Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181 College Algebra (recommended)  OR  Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning (recommended)  OR  Any Technological Literacy Course
Any American/English Literature Course (recommended)  OR  Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course (CMD-approved BIO, CHE or PHY recommended)
3 or 4
Social Sciences
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society (recommended)  OR  Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • PSY 100  General Psychology (recommended)
  • Any CMD-approved Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • General Education Options Courses (two courses approved by adviser; ANT, BIO, CHE, ESP, GTY, PHY, foreign language and linguistics courses recommended)
Required Major Courses 50
CMD 105  Language and Speech Development 3
CMD 108  Nature of Language 3
CMD 203  Phonetics 3
CMD 216  Articulation 3
CMD 220  Comm Across the Lifespan 3
CMD 221  Speech Science 3
CMD 300  Fundamentals of Language Disorders in Children 3
CMD 301  Fundamentals of Language Disorders in Adults 3
CMD 305  Intro to Audiology 3
CMD 306  Acoustics/Psychoacoustics 3
CMD 310  Anatomy and Physiology 3
CMD 320  Assessment of Speech and Language 3
CMD 321  Common Organic Disorders 3
CMD 322  Tech Writing in Health and Ed 3
CMD 450  Intro to Clinical Procedures 3
CMD Clinical Practicum Series:
  • CMD 400  Clinic Pract: Video (1 credit)
  • CMD 401  Clinic Pract: Sp/Hear Clinic (1 credit)
  • CMD 402  Clinic Pract: Learn/Lang Ctr (2-3 credits)
4 to 6
Recommended Related Courses 9 to 11
Any BIO (CMD approved) 3 or 4
Any CHE or PHY (CMD approved) 3 or 4
Any Statistics (CMD approved) 3
Related Electives 9
CMD 350  Sign Language and Braille I 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology 3
Free Electives 10 to 12
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): CMD 450 Intro to Clinical Procedures
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): CMD 321 AND CMD 322
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BIO, CHE or PHY recommended

Program Notes:

  • 42 credits must be upper division courses (300 or 400 level).
  • Credits associated with developmental courses do not count toward degree
  • 3.0 overall GPA is required to graduate from this major; otherwise, the student will earn a General Education degree.
  • Biology, chemistry, ethics and physics courses must meet current ASHA requirements.
  • Two science courses are required. One biology 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 Sciences requirement.
    • One of these courses should satisfy the Gen Ed - Laboratory course requirement.
  • 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 and 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). First-year students and those without an overall GPA of 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’s 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.

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