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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.
General Education Requirements – 41 hours
College/Departmental Requirements – 13 hours
Major Requirements – 48 hours
Electives – 18 hours
CDIS BS Degree Sheet (2016-2017) (PDF, 194 kB)
Typical Undergraduate Course Sequence in Communication Sciences and Disorders
|Fall - 1st Year||Spring - 1st Year|
|General Education courses||General Education courses|
|2033 Sign Languages (elective)|
|Fall - 2nd Year||Spring - 2nd Year|
|3213 Intro to CDIS *||3213 Intro to CSD *|
|2033 Sign Languages (elective)||3223 Speech & Language Development|
|Fall - 3rd Year||Spring - 3rd Year|
|2033 Sign Languages (elective)||4313 Speech Science (Acceptance in CDIS) ^|
|4113 Communication Disorders in Children||3413 Intro to Research|
|4213 Anatomy & Physiology ^||3123 Audiology and Audiometry ^|
|Fall - 4th Year||Spring - 4th Year|
|4133 Aural Rehabilitation ^||4253 Diagnostics|
|4423 Neural Bases (4213) ^||4433 Communication Disorders in Adults (4213, 4423)|
|4023 Clinical Methods and Issues (3213, 3223, 3313)*||4023 Clinical Methods and Issues (3213, 3223, 3313)*|
|Clinical Practicum (4031, 4323, or 4413) *||Clinical Practicum (4031, 4323, 4413) *|
* Taken either fall or spring semester
Note: Statistics is required for ASHA certification
- CDIS 4313 Speech Science *requires grade of C or higher in PHYSICS (1014), ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SPEECH MECHANISM (4213), and PHONETICS (3313)
- CDIS 4213 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism *requires grade of C or higher in BIOLOGY (1114)
- CDIS 3123 Audiology and Audiometry *requires grade of C or higher in ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SPEECH MECHANISM (4213)
- CDIS 4133 Aural Rehabilitation *requires grade of C or higher in AUDIOLOGY & AUDIOMETRY (3123) and ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SPEECH MECHANISM (4213)
- CDIS 4423 Neural Bases of Speech and Language *requires grade of C or higher in ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SPEECH MECHANISM (4213)
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 4133 Aural Rehabilitation
- CDIS 3223 Speech & Language Development
- CDIS 4323 Communication Disorders in Children
- CDIS 4022 Clinical Methods and Issues
- CDIS 4253 Diagnostics
- CDIS 4433 Communication Disorders in Adults
Additional observation hours may be required for other courses.
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