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COMDDE 1st Bachelor's Degree Online

The Online 1st bachelor’s of science or arts (BS/BA) in communicative disorders is a pre-professional degree program that provides students with academic and practical preparation needed for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. A master’s degree is the entry level for employment as a speech-language pathologist, with most settings also requiring a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Bachelor’s degree graduates may also work as technicians or assistants in the field of communicative disorders, but requirements and conditions vary by state and employer. Students also have the opportunity to move into the field of deaf education from the communicative disorders coursework. In addition, the undergraduate curriculum offers students a broad base of preparation in general education requirements, with a sound scientific foundation suitable for a variety of careers in health, education, and human services.  

The 1st BS/BA is offered completely online. This is the most flexible solution if you are balancing work schedules, family time, and more. USU has been offering its online delivery for over 10 years, perfecting the online, higher-educational experience. Take it from those who have been through the program; out of a survey of nearly 700 students, 95.8% said they would recommend our online COMDDE program to others. Many have gone on to graduate school, gaining a strong foundation through this bachelor’s program.


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Phone: 435-797-2469
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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.
COMD 2400  Observation and Orientation 1 Andrus
COMD 2500 Language, Speech, and Hearing Development 3 Filimoehala  
COMD 2600 Introduction to Communicative Disorders 2 Schofield  
COMD 3100 Fundamentals of Anatomy for Speech and Language 3 Child COMD Major
COMD 3500 Phonetics/Developmental Phonology 3 Manuel-Dupont COMD Major
COMD 5100 Language Science 3 Manuel-Dupont COMD Major
COMD 3120 Disorders of Articulation and Phonology 3 Bingham 2500, 3500, COMD Major
COMD 3400 Acoustics and Anatomy of the Ear 3 Porter 2500, COMD Major
COMD 5070 Speech Science 3 Dromey 3100, 3500, 3400, COMD Major
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology 3 Jensen 3400, COMD Major
COMD 4450 Assessment and Treatment of Children with Communicative Disorders 3 Bingham COMD Major
COMD 5200 Language Assessment and Intervention for Preschool Children 3 Clark 2500, 5100, COMD Major
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3 Larsen 3100, COMD Major

*All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a grade of B- or better.

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. For a complete list of online courses available at USU, see

  • 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.