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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

There is a new and improved COMD curriculum being phased in – first on campus, then online. Check with your academic advisor on how best to move into the new curriculum for your situation.

Every semester, consult with your academic advisor to be assured you have the correct courses in the correct sequence and matched to your individual program of study.

  • COMD courses should be taken in the sequence listed
  • Students can take some COMD courses starting in their Freshman year
  • Degree-seeking students take 11 required COMD courses and one 3-credit Option COMD course
  • Students may take more Option courses depending on their educational interests and career plans
  • Option courses vary on their campus versus online availability
  • Students cannot take prerequisites concurrently with courses that require them
  • All required and option COMD courses must be taken for a letter grade (not Pass/D+, D, F)
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology and Statistics courses must be taken for a letter grade
  • All required courses are taught online every semester
  • OM = Course open to non-majors
  • CI = Communication Intensive for General Education requirements
  • Obtain the current textbook list at the USU Bookstore
FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 2600 Intro to Communicative Disorders (OM) 3  
COMD 3100 Speech Science 3  
COMD 3400 Hearing Science 3  
COMD 3600 Language Science (CI) 3  
COMD 3010 American Sign Language I (CI, not required for 2nd Bach) 4  
SPRING SEMESTER JUNIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 3200 Child Language Development 3  
COMD 3500 Phonetics and Phonological Development (OM) 3  
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology 3 COMD 3400
COMD 3120 Management of Speech Sound Disorders (Option) 3  
FALL SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 4450 Child Communication Disorders 3  
COMD 4500 Adult Communication Disorders 3 COMD 3100
COMD 5240 Neural Bases of Cognition and Communication (OM, Option) 3 COMD 3100
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3 COMD 3400
SPRING SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS PREREQUISITES
COMD 4200 Clinical Methods 3  
COMD 5210 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communicative Disorders  (OM, Option) 3  
COMD 5610 Intro to Deaf Ed (OM, Option) 3  
COMD 5070 Advanced Speech Acoustics (Option) 3  
COMD 5900 Special Topics: Infant & Toddler Intervention (Option) 1  

COMDDE Course Syllabi

For 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.