Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communicative Disorders (CD) is designed to provide undergraduate students with a clinical science foundation that is rigorous and appropriate preparation for a wide range of clinical, educational, and related fields such as nursing, kinesiology, physical therapy, dietetics, orientation & mobility, counseling, and teaching in primary, secondary, and special education. The CD undergraduate degree also prepares students to acquire the prerequisites necessary to apply for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Undergraduates enter the program in their junior year, usually after having completed most or all of the general education requirements for a Bachelor's degree. Students who have questions regarding general education requirements need to contact a general education advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center. All undergraduate students must complete 120 units to graduate from the university.  Undergraduate students may (upon advisement) take up to 6 units of SLHS graduate coursework, beyond the 120 units required for graduation, during their final semester as an undergraduate. For specific requirements to enter the SLHS major, contact the SLHS department office at (415) 338-1001 or slhsinfo@sfsu.edu to make an appointment with a SLHS advisor to go over the what you need to know before declaring the SLHS major.

» More about the undergraduate program: See the Undergraduate Advising Handbook

Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in SLHS to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.

Required Academic Courses

Course Listing & Sequence

SLHS Major Course Listing for Bachelor of Science (Effective Fall 2017)

Students who Details about the courses below can be found in the university course bulletin, which provides descriptions of the courses and specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

  • SLHS 300 Human Communicative Disorders
  • SLHS 651 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SLHS 652 Audiology
  • SLHS 655 Dynamics of Language Development
  • SLHS 656GW Diagnosis of Communicative Disorders
  • SLHS 661 Neurolinguistics
  • SLHS 654 Audiometry
    • SLHS 680 Audiometry Lab
  • SLHS 658 Atypical Language Development
  • SLHS 664 Clinical Phonetics
  • SLHS 657 Aural Rehabilitation
  • SLHS 668 Typical and Atypical Social Communication Development
  • SLHS 659 Typical and Atypical Articulation and Phonological Development
  • SLHS 663 Augmentative & Alternative Communication
  • SLHS 711 Clinic Aide (Optional)

SLHS Major Course Sequence Roadmap for Bachelor of Science (Effective Fall 2017)

In order to facilitate completion of the SLHS degree and university undergraduate requirements within the shortest amount of time, a yearly schedule was created (see below). Every attempt will be made to offer courses in designated semesters. Whenever possible, class times will be held constant. If changes in times are necessary, every attempt will be made to minimize class conflicts.  Lastly, please keep in mind that the minimum units required to graduate is 120 units; this typically means that you must take 5 courses each semester.  Please visit the Undergraduate Advising Department every semester, and follow the Academic Checklist closely to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met.  

FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE YEARS: Fall or Spring

Course # Course Name Units
At SFSU, any course from of the Area B2: Life Science List with BIOL prefix

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Biology course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

Acceptable courses at SFSU: BIOL 100; BIOL 160; BIOL 170; BIOL 176

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

(Students taking GE courses outside of SFSU should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to www.assist.org for course equivalents.)

    3
At SFSU, courses from of the Area B1: Physical Science List

Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders (e.g., Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) must take one of these courses: CHEM 100; CHEM 101; CHEM 180; PHYS 101; PHYS 111; or PHYS 220 or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Chemistry or Physics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

Students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders (e.g., Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) can take any course from the Area B1: Physical Science List.

If you are unsure about pursing a degree in Communicative Sciences & Disorders, we STRONGLY recommend that you take a CHEM or PHYS course in order to keep your options open.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

(Students taking GE courses outside of SFSU should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to www.assist.org for course equivalents.)

    3
At SFSU, any course from of the Area D1: Social Sciences List

Students must take at least one course from the Area D1: Social Sciences list or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Social Science course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

    3
A stand-alone Statistics course

Students must take at least one course in Statistics. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Statistics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.

At SFSU, the following courses will fulfill the Statistics requirement: ISED 160 or MATH 124.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

    3
  Total Units     12
JUNIOR YEAR: Fall Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
SLHS 651

Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

    3
SLHS 652

Audiology

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

    3
SLHS 655

Dynamics of Language Development* 

*Fulfills Upper Division General Requirement UD-D

Prerequisite:  Upper Division Standing

    3

SLHS 300

Human Communicative Disorders*

*Fulfills Upper Division General Requirements UD-D & SJ (Social Justice)

Prerequisite:  Upper Division Standing

    3

Optional this semester:  

UD GE Elective(s)

In the junior and senior year, 15 units are needed each semester to graduate within two years.  

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 
Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B) or Arts/Humanities (UD-C) (UD-D already fulfilled above)
     
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES) and Global Perspectives (GP) (Social Justice (SJ) already fulfilled above)
    (3)
  Total Units     12-15
JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
SLHS 661

Neurolinguistics

Prerequisite:  Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major; Completion of Eng 214 with a grade of C- or better

    3

SLHS 654

Audiometry 

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

    3

SLHS 680

Audiometry Lab

Must be taken concurrently with SLHS 654

    1

SLHS 658

Atypical Language Development 

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

    3

Optional this semester:

UD GE Elective(s)

In the junior and senior year, 15 units are needed each semester to graduate within two years.  

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 

Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B) or Arts/Humanities (UD-C) (UD-D already fulfilled above)
     
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES) and Global Perspectives (GP) (Social Justice (SJ) already fulfilled above)
    (3)
  Total Units     10-13
SENIOR YEAR: Fall Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
SLHS 664

Phonetics

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

3
SLHS 657

Aural Rehabilitation

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

3
SLHS 656GW

Diagnostics

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

3
SLHS 711 Clinic Aide (Optional) (1)

Optional this semester:

UD GE Elective(s)

In the junior and senior year, 15 units are needed each semester to graduate within two years.  

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 

Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B) or Arts/Humanities (UD-C) (UD-D already fulfilled above)
     
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES) and Global Perspectives (GP) (Social Justice (SJ) already fulfilled above)
(3)
 

 

 
  Total Units     9-13
SENIOR YEAR: Spring Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
SLHS 668

Typical and Atypical Social Communication Development

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

3
SLHS 659

Typical and Atypical Articulation and Phonological Development

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

3
SLHS 663

Augmentative & Alternative Communication 

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Major

3
SLHS 711 Clinic Aide (Optional) (1)

Optional this semester:

UD GE Elective(s)

In the junior and senior year, 15 units are needed each semester to graduate within two years.  

Fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 

Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B) or Arts/Humanities (UD-C) (UD-D already fulfilled above)
     
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES) and Global Perspectives (GP) (Social Justice (SJ) already fulfilled above)
(3)
     
        9-13
 

Criteria for Advancement in the Program

The SLHS department maintains expectations for students to meet high academic standards. The SLHS instructors and advisors are committed to supporting students to meet those standards. We recommend that students a) see an academic advisor every semester; b) join NSSLHA; c) attend at least one instructor's office hours every week; and d) join a study group!

In order to advance in the academic sequence, students in the SLHS major must maintain the following:

  1. An overall C average (2.0 GPA) for the program.
  2. Letter grade of C– or better in ALL SLHS department courses in order to continue in the program.

Students who do not meet these criteria cannot take ANY other SLHS courses. They must re-take the courses in which they received grades below C– the next time they are offered before taking additional SLHS courses.

"An undergraduate student who has received a grade of C or higher, or a grade of CR, may not repeat a course unless the course is described in the Bulletin as repeatable for credit. An undergraduate student who has received a grade in a course that is lower than C, including AU, IC, RD, RP, W, and WU, may repeat that course only once more"(SF State Academic Policies)

General Education Upper Division Requirements

Students must meet the Upper Division General Education Requirements, which consist of the Domains of Knowledge Requirement and the Overlay Requirement. For detailed information on SF State's general education requirements, see http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/

  • Students must complete the equivalent of one 3-unit course in each of the three Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C) and Social Sciences (UD-D).
  • Overlay courses fulfill graduation requirements, but do not have specific unit requirements. They are meant to ensure that students take at least one course in areas that the campus feels are important to graduates of our university. There are four overlay requirements that students must meet: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ). Overlay requirements that are met in the upper division GE courses listed below are indicated after the course title.
  • See this link for courses that have been approved to meet the Domains of Knowledge and the overlay requirements http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/upper-division/
    • Choose 3 or more courses from the list at the link above, making sure that together they cover UD-B, UD-C, and UD-D.  Also, make sure that among these three courses or others that you are taking or plan to take, they cover each of the four overlay requirements.  
    • SPED Minor courses CD 300, SPED 330, SPED 370, and SPED 688 all meet the UD-D requirement