College of Health and Human Services2021-2022
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bachelor of Science
This flexible degree offers you an opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet your individual educational needs. You may choose this degree if you plan to enter an occupation that requires a broad general education, if you are seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, or if you are considering a preprofessional plan.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders?
This degree can lead to many rewarding opportunities, such as pursuing a graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or employment in a related field. The undergraduate training emphasizes the fundamental processes of speech, language, and hearing as a basis for understanding differences and disorders. This program also provides a broad education that can lead to employment in related fields such as healthcare, education, and public policy.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are two professions that can be pursued following a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Professionals in these fields can assess and treat speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders in adults and children. Employment settings are diverse, and can include schools, early education centers, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, universities, and research labs. In many of these settings, CSD services are delivered within the context of a multi-disciplinary team. Job growth in speech-language pathology and audiology is expected to increase by approximately 20% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations (www.asha.org).
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
- Audiology assistant
- Hearing aid or cochlear implant company representative
- Research assistants or associates in behavioral disciplines
- Public Health
- Social Work
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Speech-language pathologist (school, hospital, rehabilitation center, nursing facilities, private practice, university)
- Researcher in speech, language, or hearing science
- University instructor/professor
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 49 units of major requirments
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
The overall purpose of the BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program is to provide students with foundational knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral and cognitive aspects of human communication. Courses cover anatomical and physiological aspects of speech and hearing, development of cognitive and linguistic communicative functions and related disorders, and aspects of professional practice.
Students who complete the program will be prepared for graduate studies in speech-language pathology, audiology, speech and hearing sciences, or related disciplines and careers.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Describe the fundamental anatomical and physiological principles of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.
- Describe the fundamentals of neuroscience relevant to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.
- Integrate knowledge from the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences into one’s understanding of fundamental scientific principles and methods.
- Engage in oral, written or other forms of communication that are appropriate for professional practice.
- Explain normal development of motor function, cognition, social emotion, and communication from birth through adolescence.
- Describe characteristics of communication differences and disorders across the lifespan, and across culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
- Explain the benefits of interprofessional collaboration between CSD and related disciplines.
- Summarize the information in the ASHA Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice documents as it applies to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
- Use critical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem solving to analyze and describe issues in communication sciences and disorders.
This major requires 49 units distributed as follows:
- ASHA Standard IV-A requirements: 13 units
- Professional Coursework: 36 units
Take the following 49 units:
ASHA Standard IV-A requirements (13 units):
- Biology and Statistics (6 units):
- Physical Science Elective (4 units):
- Social/Behavioral Science Elective (3 units):
Professional coursework (36 units):
You may not pursue the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate in conjunction with this degree.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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