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.
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.
|Major core requirements|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|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|
|Social Sciences Requirement|
|HIST 1100||Survey of American History to 1865||3|
|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 1150||Concepts in Physics||3-4|
|or PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I|
|or CHEM 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab|
|One Biology, Chemistry or Physics lab required||1|
|Communication science and disorders courses|
|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 4320||Disorders of Phonology and Articulation||3|
|C_S_D 4210||Fluency Disorders||2|
|C_S_D 4220||Voice Disorders||1|
|C_S_D 4330||Introduction to Audiology||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.
|HLTH_SCI 1000*||3||HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||CHEM 1100||3|
|MATH 1100||3||PSYCH 2510*||3|
|C_S_D 1060||3||C_S_D 2120||3|
|C_S_D 1050*||3||STAT 1200||3|
|PSYCH 2410||3||C_S_D 1100*||5|
|C_S_D 3210||3||C_S_D 3010||3|
|C_S_D 3220||2||C_S_D 3020 (Writing Intensive)||3|
|C_S_D 4430||3||C_S_D 3230||3|
|LINGST 4600*||3||C_S_D 2150*||3|
|C_S_D 1200*||5||LINGST 4610*||3|
|C_S_D 4020 (Writing Intensive)||3||C_S_D 4050*||3|
|C_S_D 4030||2||C_S_D 4220||1|
|C_S_D 4210||2||C_S_D 4320||3|
|C_S_D 4330||3||C_S_D 4340||3|
|PSYCH 3140*||3||C_S_D 4900||2|
|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.
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.
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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.