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A Bachelor of Science or Arts (BS/BA) in communicative disorders is a pre-professional degree program that provides students with academic preparation needed for graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. A master’s degree is the entry level for employment as a speech-language pathologist and deaf educator, while audiologists require a clinical doctorate, with most employment settings also requiring certification and state licensure. Bachelor’s degree graduates may also work as technicians or assistants in the field of communication disorders, but requirements and conditions vary by state and employer. In addition, the undergraduate curriculum offers a broad preparation in general education, with a sound scientific foundation suitable for diverse careers in health, education, and human services. 

The Main Campus BS/BA in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education is offered in the traditional face-to-face method of instruction. This allows students to interact with fellow students and faculty, observe and even participate in the clinic, engage in research and service activities, and take advantage of many other opportunities for learning and growth across campus.

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Course Sequence

  • It is recommended that COMD courses are taken in the sequence listed
  • Degree-seeking students are required to take all 13 COMD courses (unless transfer credit has been obtained)
  • Students cannot take prerequisites concurrently with courses that require them
  • All courses are taught online every semester
  • All required COMD courses and Human Anatomy/Physiology courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail
  • Before registering please consult with your academic advisor to make sure you are registering for classes in the correct sequence.
  • To get your current textbook list go to the USU Bookstore.
FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 2400 Orientation and Observation 1  
COMD 2500 Language, Speech, and Hearing Development 3  
COMD 2600 Introduction to Communication Disorders 2  
COMD 3100 Fundamentals of Anatomy for Speech and Language 3  
COMD 3500 Phonetics/Developmental Phonology 3  
SPRING SEMESTER JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 3400 Acoustics and Anatomy of the Ear 3 COMD 2500, 3100
COMD 4450 Assessment and Treatment of Children with Communicative Disorders 3  
COMD 5100 Language Science 3  
FALL SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology 3 COMD 2500, 3400
COMD 5070 Speech Science 3 COMD 2500, 3100, 3400, 3500
COMD 5200 Language Assessment and Intervention for Preschool Children 3 COMD 2500, 5100
SPRING SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 5210  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communicative Disorders 3  
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3 COMD 2500, 3100, 3400

COMDDE Course Syllabi

screenshot instructionsFor past and current syllabi for all COMDDE courses, go USU Canvas Course Syllabus Tracker at elearn.usu.edu/syllabus. Enter the following:

  • Term = your choice
  • College = EEJ Education & Human Service
  • Department = Comm Disorders & Deaf Ed.
  • Delivery Method = All Delivery Methods
  • Campus = All Campuses
  • Click on Blue Button “Open Direct Link Course Syllabus LIst”
  • Select and click on desired course

Additional Related Courses

The following non-COMD courses are required for the bachelors degree. For graduate school in speech-language pathology and certification as a speech-language pathologist, ASHA requires one course in each of the following four areas: statistics*, biological science, physical science (physics or chemistry), and social/behavioral science (http://www.asha.org/Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards/#Standard_IV). Please check with your advisor as you plan your coursework.  

  • Introduction to Statistics, STAT 1040, 3 credits OR Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra, STAT 1045, 5 credits
  • Introduction to Biology, BIOL 1010, 3 credits
  • Human Anatomy, BIOL 2320, 4 credits OR Human Physiology, BIOL 2420, 4 credits
  • Intro to Chemistry, CHEM 1010, 3 credits OR Intro to Physics by Hands-on-Exploration, PHYS 1200, 4 credits  
  • General Psychology, PSY 1010, 3 credits
  • Development Across the Lifespan, FCHD 1500, 3 credits
  • Education of Exceptional Individuals, SPED 4000, 2 credits
  • Sign Language, COMD 3010, 4 credits

* If it has been more than one year since you have completed the prerequisite math course, taking Statistics through USU will require completion of a math placement exam.