Undergraduate Program


The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a comprehensive education that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S). The program provides pre-professional background for students interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Courses focus on normal communication development, the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, the acoustics of speech, phonetics, and an introduction to audiology and speech-language disorders. Students interested in this major should have a good background in biology and enjoy working with people.

The bachelor’s degree is pre-professional and, therefore, preparatory to various graduate professional degrees in the clinical sciences. The master’s degree (M.S.) is the minimal, entry-level requirement to obtain full licensure in speech-language pathology (State of Oklahoma) and national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Tulsa campus: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders also offers a B.S program at the OSU-Tulsa campus. The Stillwater curriculum is duplicated on the Tulsa campus. Once admitted to the program, students may take classes on either the Stillwater or Tulsa Campuses. To seek more information regarding the B.S program at OSU-Tulsa, please contact the Undergraduate advisor at the Tulsa campus.

Curriculum

General Education Requirements – 41 hours
College/Departmental Requirements – 13 hours
Major Requirements – 48 hours
Electives – 18 hours

CDIS 4-year plan (2018-2019) (PDF, 57 kb)

Typical Undergraduate Course Sequence in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Fall - 1st YearSpring - 1st Year
General Education courses General Education courses
2033 Sign Languages (elective)  
 
Fall - 2nd YearSpring - 2nd Year
2313 Intro to Communication Disorders * 2313 Intro to Communication Disorders *
2223 Speech & Language Development 3413 Introduction to Research
  • Prereq: Statistics 2013, 2053, or 4053
3313 Phonetics * 3313 Phonetics *
3203 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech
  • Prereq: Biology 1114
3203 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech
  • Prereq: Biology 1114
2033 Sign Languages (elective)  
 
Fall - 3rd YearSpring - 3rd Year
3113 Communication Disorders in Children *
  • Prereq: 2313 Intro to Comm. Disorders
  • Prereq: 2223 Speech & Language Develop.
3113 Communication Disorders in Children *
  • Prereq: 2313 Intro to Comm. Disorders
  • Prereq: 2223 Speech & Language Develop.
3123 Audiology Diagnosis
  • Prereq: 3203 Anatomy & Physiology of Spch
4133 Audiology Treatment
  • Prereq: 3123 Audiology Diagnosis
  4313 Speech Science
  • Prereq: Physics 1014
  • Prereq: 3203 Anatomy & Physiology of Spch
  • Prereq: 3313 Phonetics
 
Fall - 4th YearSpring - 4th Year
4423 Neural Bases of Speech & Language
  • Prereq: 3203 Anatomy & Physiology of Spch
4433 Communication Disorders in Adults
  • Prereq: 3203 Anatomy & Physiology of Spch
  • Prereq: 4423 Neural Bases of Speech & Lang
4023 Clinical Methods and Issues *
  • Prereq: 2313 Intro to Comm. Disorders
  • Prereq: 2223 Speech & Language Develop.
  • Prereq: 3313 Phonetics
4023 Clinical Methods and Issues *
  • Prereq: 2313 Intro to Comm. Disorders
  • Prereq: 2223 Speech & Language Develop.
  • Prereq: 3313 Phonetics
4010 Clinical Practicum * 4010 Clinical Practicum *
  4013 Diagnostics
  • Prereq: 2313 Intro to Comm. Disorders
  • Prereq: 2223 Speech & Language Develop.

* Taken either fall or spring semester

Notes: Statistics is required for ASHA certification, and a grade of C or higher is required in all prerequistes.

Clinical Observation

All undergraduate majors are required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of clinical observation. The goal is to provide students with examples of a broad range of clinical activities including diagnostic evaluations and treatment with individuals having a variety of communication disorders across the life span. Ideally, all observation should be of professional speech-language pathologists or audiologists.

Clinical observations are required in the following courses (in Stillwater only):

  • CDIS 2223 Speech & Language Development
  • CDIS 3113 Communication Disorders in Children
  • CDIS 4013 Diagnostics
  • CDIS 4023 Clinical Methods and Issues
  • CDIS 4133 Audiology Treatment
  • CDIS 4433 Communication Disorders in Adults

Additional observation hours may be required for other courses.

Clinic Observation Report Form (PDF)
Observation Hours Form (DOC)

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