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A bachelor’s of science or arts (BS/BA) in communicative disorders is a pre-professional degree program that provides students with academic and practical preparation needed for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. A master’s degree is the entry level for employment as a speech-language pathologist, with most settings also requiring a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Bachelor’s degree graduates may also work as technicians or assistants in the field of communicative disorders, but requirements and conditions vary by state and employer. Students also have the opportunity to move into the field of deaf education from the communicative disorders coursework. In addition, the undergraduate curriculum offers students a broad base of preparation in general education requirements, with a sound scientific foundation suitable for a variety of careers in health, education, and human services.

The Main Campus BS/BA in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education is offered in the traditional face-to-face method of instruction. This allows students to interact with fellow students and faculty, observe and even participate in the clinic, engage in research and service activities, and take advantage of many other opportunities for learning and growth across campus. Is communicative disorders the right degree for you?

WHAT IS AUDIOLOGY?

Audiologists identify hearing loss and assess hearing and balance, and provide appropriate fitting of amplification (e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants, other assistive listening devices) across the lifespan. Work settings include hospitals, schools, industry, rehabilitation centers, community centers, and private practice settings. This is a profession with extensive job opportunities for those that complete a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.

WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY?

Speech-language pathologists work with individuals of all ages who have developmental or neurological disorders relating to articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, language development, swallowing, augmentative modalities, and cognitive or social aspects of communication. Work settings include hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health care centers, community centers, and private practice settings. This is a profession with extensive job opportunities for individuals after they complete a master's degree (the minimum requirement for licensure).

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Phone: 435-797-9094
Email: tonya.jewell@usu.edu

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Course Sequence

  • It is recommended that COMD courses are taken in the sequence listed
  • Degree-seeking students are required to take all 13 COMD courses (unless transfer credit has been obtained)
  • Students cannot take prerequisites concurrently with courses that require them
  • All courses are taught online every semester
  • All required COMD courses and Human Anatomy/Physiology courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail
  • Before registering please consult with your academic advisor to make sure you are registering for classes in the correct sequence.
  • To get your current textbook list go to the USU Bookstore.
FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS SYLLABUS PREREQUISITES
COMD 2400 Orientation and Observation 1    
COMD 2500 Language, Speech, and Hearing Development 3    
COMD 2600 Introduction to Communication Disorders 2    
COMD 3100 Fundamentals of Anatomy for Speech and Language 3    
COMD 3500 Phonetics/Developmental Phonology 3    
SPRING SEMESTER JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS SYLLABUS PREREQUISITES
COMD 3400 Acoustics and Anatomy of the Ear 3   COMD 2500, 3100
COMD 4450 Assessment and Treatment of Children with Communicative Disorders 3    
COMD 5100 Language Science 3    
FALL SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS SYLLABUS PREREQUISITES
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology 3   COMD 2500, 3400
COMD 5070 Speech Science 3   COMD 2500, 3100, 3400, 3500
COMD 5200 Language Assessment and Intervention for Preschool Children 3   COMD 2500, 5100
SPRING SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS SYLLABUS PREREQUISITES
COMD 5210  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communicative Disorders 3    
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3   COMD 2500, 3100, 3400

The following non-COMD courses are required for the bachelors degree. For graduate school in speech-language pathology and certification as a speech-language pathologist, ASHA requires one course in each of the following four areas: statistics*, biological science, physical science (physics or chemistry), and social/behavioral science (http://www.asha.org/Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards/#Standard_IV). Please check with your advisor as you plan your coursework.  

  • Introduction to Statistics, STAT 1040, 3 credits  OR  Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra, STAT 1045, 5 credits
  • Introduction to Biology, BIOL 1010, 3 credits
  • Human Anatomy, BIOL 2320, 4 credits  OR  Human Physiology, BIOL 2420, 4 credits
  • Intro to Chemistry, CHEM 1010, 3 credits  OR  Intro to Physics by Hands-on-Exploration, PHYS 1200, 4 credits  
  • General Psychology, PSY 1010, 3 credits
  • Development Across the Lifespan, FCHD 1500, 3 credits
  • Education of Exceptional Individuals, SPED 4000, 2 credits
  • Sign Language, COMD 3010, 4 credits

* If it has been more than one year since you have completed the prerequisite math course, taking Statistics through USU will require completion of a math placement exam.