College of Health and Human Services2021-2022

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The overall purpose of the Bachelor of Science 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.

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