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 the 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:

Required Courses (54 Hours)
CDIS 2100   Introduction to Sign Language (3)
CDIS 3099   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)
CDIS 4150   Language Development: Later Stages (3)
CDIS 4200   Sociolinguistics (3)
CDIS 4300   Neuroscience for the Study of  Communication Disorders (3)
CDIS 4400   Introduction to Audiology (3)
CDIS 4600   Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3)
CDIS 4900   Intro to Assessment and Intervention (3)
CDIS 4901   Intro to Assessment and Intervention Lab (1) (Co-requisite to CDIS 4900) MATH 2100  Elementary Statistics (3)
PSYC 3201   Child Development (3)
PSYC 3201   Principles of Psychology (3)
SPED 2100   Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)

    Note: In addition to the core requirements in Communication Disorders, students must meet other general requirements for the bachelor’s degree established by the university. Please refer to the General Education Courses page from the GovState catalog to view a list of acceptable courses.