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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

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.

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.

  • Degree-seeking students take a minimum of 13 COMD courses: 11 core courses and at least 2 Option courses
  • COMD required courses should be taken in the sequence listed
  • Students may take more option courses based on their educational interests and career plans
  • All required courses are typically taught once per year on campus and online every semester
  • Option courses vary by campus versus online availability
  • Students can take some COMD courses starting in their Freshman year
  • 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)
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all COMD courses required for the COMDDE major 
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology and Statistics courses must be taken for a letter grade
  • COMD courses are only open to students in the major unless specified as OM (Open Major)
  • CI = Communication Intensive for General Education requirements
  • Obtain the current textbook list at the USU Bookstore

Below is the recommended sequence for COMD courses completed in two years. For the full 4-year, 120-credit online degree plan in the USU catalog, go to

COMD 2600 Intro to Communicative Disorders (OM) 3  
COMD 3500 Phonetics and Phonological Development (OM) 3  
COMD 3800 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 3  
COMD 3200 Child Language Development 3  
COMD 3600 Language Science (CI) 3  
COMD 4700 Basic Audiology 3 COMD 3400 or 3800
COMD 5070 Acoustics of Speech and Hearing 3 COMD 3500 and 3800 (or COMD 3400 and 3500)
COMD 4450 Developmental Communication Disorders 3 COMD 3200
COMD 4500 Acquired Communication Disorders 3 COMD 3100 or 3800
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3 COMD 3400 or 3800
COMD 4200 Clinical Methods (CI) 3  
COMD 3010 American Sign Language I (CI, OM) 4  
COMD 3120 Management of Speech Sound Disorders (Option - Online Only) 3  
COMD 3910 American Sign Language II 4 COMD 3010
COMD 4780 Deaf Culture 3 COMD 3010
COMD 5210 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communicative Disorders (OM, Option - Campus Only) 3  
COMD 5240 Neural Bases of Cognition and Communication (OM, Option) 3 COMD 3100 or 3800

For past and current syllabi for all COMDDE courses, go USU Canvas Course Syllabus Tracker at 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

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 ( 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, HDFS 1500, 3 credits
  • Education of Exceptional Individuals, SPED 4000, 2 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.