BHS in Communication Science and Disorders

Degree Program Description

Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) includes the study of normal language, speech and hearing across the life span, as well as communication disorders that result from biological, environmental and behavioral factors. The CSD major is the first step in preparing for careers in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.  Speech-language pathologists evaluate the speech and language of children and adults to determine whether problems exist in such areas as voice, articulation, fluency and receptive or expressive language, and they plan and carry out the treatment of these problems. Audiologists evaluate hearing, identify hearing loss and participate in the rehabilitation of persons with hearing impairments.  The CSD undergraduate curriculum fully prepares students for graduate study.  (The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology require masters or doctoral degrees.)  The CSD undergraduate coursework provides students with a broad understanding of the scientific bases of speech, language, and hearing, the different types of communication disorders, and the types of diagnostic and therapeutic methods utilized in the field.  Undergraduate students in the CSD department at MU benefit from a low student-faculty ratio, practical clinical experience in our language preschool, our accent modification program and our research labs led by outstanding faculty, and a well-established student organization.

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Major Program Requirements

Students are required to apply to the Communication Science and Disorders major. Applications into the BHS program are considered once a year, and they must be submitted by February 1 of the student’s sophomore year. (Note: Later applications will be considered if open seats remain in the upcoming junior class.) Applicants must have completed at least 42 hours of college credit before applying, and students who are admitted must have completed 60 hours of college credit before beginning coursework as Communication Science and Disorders majors. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a four-point scale and a composite score of 22 or above on the ACT are required for acceptance into the BHS program. Meeting the minimum criteria and declaring a major of pre-Communication Science and Disorders do not guarantee acceptance into the program.

In addition to university, college and degree requirements, including university general education, students must complete the following:

Major core requirements
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
PSYCH 2410Developmental Psychology3
MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
Social Sciences Requirement
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
or HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865
or POL_SC 1100 American Government
Biological Science Requirement
Select one of the following:5
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
Physical Science Requirement
PHYSCS 1150Concepts in Physics3-4
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
or CHEM 1100 Atoms and Molecules with Lab
One Biology, Chemistry or Physics lab required1
Humanities Electives6
Communication science and disorders courses
C_S_D 1060Human Language3
C_S_D 2120Survey of Communication Disorders3
C_S_D 3010American Phonetics3
C_S_D 3020Normal Language Development3
C_S_D 3210Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism3
C_S_D 3220Speech Acoustics2
C_S_D 3230Hearing Science3
C_S_D 4020Language Disorders in Children3
C_S_D 4030Language Disorders of Adults2
C_S_D 4320Disorders of Phonology and Articulation3
C_S_D 4210Fluency Disorders2
C_S_D 4220Voice Disorders1
C_S_D 4330Introduction to Audiology3
C_S_D 4430Neurophysiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing3
C_S_D 4900Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders2

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HLTH_SCI 1000*3HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003
PSYCH 10003ENGLSH 10003
Humanities 3COMMUN 12003
BIO_SC 10103CHEM 11003
MATH 11003PSYCH 2510*3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
C_S_D 10603C_S_D 21203
C_S_D 1050*3STAT 12003
PSYCH 24103C_S_D 1100*5
Humanities3FINPLN 1183*1
Elective*3Electives*3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
C_S_D 32103C_S_D 30103
C_S_D 32202C_S_D 3020 (Writing Intensive)3
C_S_D 44303C_S_D 32303
LINGST 4600*3C_S_D 2150*3
C_S_D 1200*5LINGST 4610*3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
C_S_D 4020 (Writing Intensive)3C_S_D 4050*3
C_S_D 40302C_S_D 42201
C_S_D 42102C_S_D 43203
C_S_D 43303C_S_D 43403
PSYCH 3140*3C_S_D 49002
Elective*1C_S_D 4945*3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120
*

Denotes elective coursework.  These specific courses are not required, though the credit hours are required to reach the University requirements of 120 total hours.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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