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Non-Degree Seeking Online

For those not seeking a degree through USU, courses are available for credit on an individual basis. Generally, students enrolled in other universities are referred to us in order to take courses relevant to their area of study. We offer a wide array of courses in communication sciences and disorders or CSD, covering topics such as the basic structure and function of the human ear, hearing loss treatments, the factors affecting language acquisition, and types of communication disorders. These courses allow students with bachelor’s degree in other majors to apply for graduate programs in the high-demand, rewarding professions of speech-language pathology and audiology (called leveling). Many undergraduate majors provide excellent foundations for leveling in communication sciences and disorders, including education, psychology, linguistics, biology, sociology, and human development.

USU has been offering its online delivery for over 15 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 and courses to others.


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On a non-degree basis, courses may be selected to match personal interests, graduate school application requirements, and career paths. The list below presents the recommended sequence of courses and indicates course prerequisites.

After checking with your potential graduate programs to decide which courses you need, please fill out the “Restriction Override Request Form” above if there are any restrictions for the courses you need. To get your current textbook list go to the USU Bookstore.

COMD 2600 Introduction to Communicative Disorders 3  
COMD 3120 Management of Speech Sounds Disorders 3 COMD 3500
COMD 3200 Child Language Development 3  
COMD 3500 Phonetics and Phonological Development 3  
COMD 3600 Language Science 3  
COMD 3800 Anat & Phys of Speech & Hearing 3  
COMD 3850 Anat & Phys of Hearing 1  
COMD 4200 Clinical Methods 3  
COMD 4450 Developmental Communication Disorders 3 COMD 3200
COMD 4500 Acquired Communication Disorders 3 COMD 3100
COMD 4700 Basic Audiology 3 COMD 3400 or 3800
COMD 4780 Deaf Culture 3 COMD 3010
COMD 5070 Acoustics of Speech & Hearing 3 COMD 3500 & 3800
COMD 5210 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in COMD 3  
COMD 5240 Neural Bases of Cognition and Communication  3 COMD 3800
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation 3 COMD 3400 or 3800
COMD 3010 American Sign Language I 4  
COMD 3910 American Sign Language II 4 3010
COMD 3080 American Sign Language Practicium 1  
COMD 4910 American Sign Language III - Linguistics 4 3910
COMD 4920 American Sign Language IV - Academic Use 4 4910

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

We offer additional courses that may benefit you, depending on your future career path, and may be required for certain graduate schools. For SLP graduate school, ASHA requires one course in each of the following four areas: statistics*, biological science, physical science, and social/behavioral science ( If you have not had these courses in your first bachelor’s degree, you are welcome to take them now. Some of these non-COMD courses may not be taught every semester. 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, 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 a completion of a math placement exam.