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 in either of these fields. (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.
Major Program Requirements
Students are required to apply to the Communication Science and Disorders major. Applications for admission 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.) In most cases, applicants will have completed at least 42 hours of college credit before applying, and students who are admitted will 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 strongly recommended. However, meeting the minimum criteria and declaring a major of pre-Communication Science and Disorders do not guarantee acceptance into the program. A grade of C- or higher is required in the program and major core requirements.
Students must complete the following course requirements, as well as university and general education requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree from the School of Health Professions and the University of Missouri:
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation||3|
|or ENGLSH 1000H||Honors Exposition English|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 2410||Developmental Psychology||3|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3-5|
|or MATH 1160||Precalculus Mathematics|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|Biological Science Requirement|
Select one of the following:
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
|Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|Physical Science Requirement|
Select one of the following:
|Atoms and Molecules with Lab|
|College Chemistry I|
|Concepts in Physics|
|College Physics I|
|At least one lab associated with above courses in biology, chemistry, or physics is required, e.g., BIO_SC 1020 is required with BIO_SC 1010 if no lab is taken with physical science course options.||0-2 additional hours|
|Major Core Requirements|
|C_S_D 1060||Human Language||3|
|C_S_D 2120||Survey of Communication Disorders||3|
|C_S_D 3010||American Phonetics||3|
|C_S_D 3020||Normal Language Development||3|
|C_S_D 3210||Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism||3|
|C_S_D 3220||Speech Acoustics||2|
|C_S_D 3230||Hearing Science||3|
|C_S_D 4020||Language Disorders in Children||3|
|C_S_D 4030||Language Disorders of Adults||2|
|C_S_D 4210||Fluency Disorders||2|
|C_S_D 4220||Voice Disorders||1|
|C_S_D 4320||Disorders of Phonology and Articulation||3|
|C_S_D 4330||Introduction to Audiology||3|
|C_S_D 4340||Aural Rehabilitation||3|
|C_S_D 4430||Neurophysiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing||3|
|C_S_D 4900||Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders||2|
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.
|BIO_SC 1010||3||CHEM 1100||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||COMMUN 1200||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||MATH 1100||3|
|Humanities||3||MO State Law Requirement||3|
|C_S_D 1060||3||C_S_D 2120||3|
|PSYCH 2410||3||STAT 1200||3|
|C_S_D 3050||3||C_S_D 3010||3|
|C_S_D 3210||3||C_S_D 3020W||3|
|C_S_D 3220||2||C_S_D 3230||3|
|C_S_D 4430||3||C_S_D 4950||3|
|C_S_D 4020W||3||C_S_D 4220||1|
|C_S_D 4030||2||C_S_D 4320||3|
|C_S_D 4210||2||C_S_D 4340||3|
|C_S_D 4330||3||C_S_D 4900||2|
|Total Credits: 120|
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