A bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders is required preparation for the Master in Health Science in Communication Disorders degree, the entry-level degree for the profession.

A Strong Foundation for a Demanding Career

A speech-language pathologist's career is demanding. The Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders program builds the strong foundation you'll need to succeed in the Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders program — which is your gateway to the profession. 

We take you from the very basics, from Phonetics to Language Development, and we build on your knowledge to bring you to more advanced concepts.

The range of subject matter is far-reaching because speech-language pathologists must draw upon a wide knowledge base to understand their clients and help them improve. The BHS curriculum will prepare you to deal with issues of grammar, as well as psychology. You’ll learn anatomy, physiology and neurosciences. And you’ll discover the foundations of education.

The BHS will give you everything you need to advance into a Master’s program and successfully complete your path to a career as a speech-language pathologist.

Part-Time/Full-Time Programs

Many students in the College of Health and Human Services are working adults. Because undergraduate courses in Communication Disorders are offered twice each year, there is great flexibility when scheduling courses. Students can attend either on a part-time or full-time basis.

School Service Personnel Certificate

General Education Requirement for the School Service Personnel Certificate: 37 to 41 semester-credits. Students intending to apply for the School Service Personnel Certificate, Type 73, must meet University General Education Requirements (see catalog for requirements).

Core Requirements (54 Hours)

The following courses or their equivalents may be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

  • CDIS 2100 Introduction to Sign Language (3)
  • CDIS 3300 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)
  • CDIS 3400 Phonetics (3)
  • CDIS 3500 Speech and Hearing Science (3)
  • CDIS 3600 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3)
  • CDIS 4100 Language Development: Early Stages (3) (Prereq. CDIS 3400)
  • CDIS 4150 Language Development: Later Stages (3) (Prereq. CDIS 3400)
  • CDIS 4200 Sociolinguistics (3) (Prereq: CDIS 3400)
  • CDIS 4300 Neuroscience for the Study of Communication Disorders (3)
                       (Prereq. CDIS 3600)
  • CDIS 4400 Introduction to Audiology (3) (Prereq. CDIS 3500)
  • CDIS 4500 Introduction to Assessment and Intervention in Communication
                       Disorders (3) (Prereq. CDIS 3300)
  • CDIS 4600 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3) (Prereq. CDIS 3300)
  • EDUC 2310 Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDUC 2330 Educational Psychology I: Growth and Development of Children
                        and Adolescents (3)
  • EDUC 3440 Educational Psychology II: Learning, Assessment, and Classroom
                         Management (3) (Prereq. EDUC2310, EDUC2330)
  • PSYC 3101 Principles of Psychology (3)
  • SPED 2100 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • STAT 4720 Statistics (3) 

Electives (25-29 Hours)

Total - 120 Hours