Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University's General Requirements for graduation and the Core Curriculum requirements, the college graduation requirements given in Special Requirements of the College, and the requirements given in Special Requirements of the Major, Prescribed Work, and Major Requirements below.

Core Curriculum

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum, as well as the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (BSCSD) listed below under Prescribed Work. In some cases, a course required for the BSCSD may also be counted toward the core curriculum; these courses are identified below.

Prescribed Work

  1. Three semester hours in English or rhetoric and writing in addition to the courses required by the core curriculum.
  2. Three courses with a writing flag; one course with a quantitative reasoning flag; one course with a global cultures flag; one course with a cultural diversity in the United States flag; one course with an ethics and leadership flag; and one course with an independent inquiry flag. The same course cannot be used to satisfy the global cultures and cultural diversity flags even if the course carries both flags. Courses that fulfill flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the Moody College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or non-dominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree and flag requirements. A partial list of these communication and culture courses is given in the  Communication and Culture Requirement section under the Moody College of Communication's Degrees and Programs section; a complete list is available in the college’s Student Advising Office before registration for each semester and summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course Schedule.
  4. Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a single foreign language. Courses taken to meet this requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Credit may be earned by examination for any part of a foreign language sequence. An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult with an academic adviser for information on testing.
  5. At least 36 semester hours of upper-division coursework.
  6. No more than 12 semester hours of transfer credit in journalism may be counted toward the degree.
  7. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than 36 semester hours in one field of study may be counted toward the degree, except as indicated under Major Requirements below.

Special Requirements of the Major

To enroll in upper-division communication sciences and disorders courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the Moody College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division communication sciences and disorders courses, normally before the twelfth class day. This requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in communication sciences and disorders must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the Moody College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have the symbol CR.

Special Emphases in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students majoring in communication sciences and disorders may specialize in speech/language pathology, audiology, or education of the deaf/hearing-impaired. After completing the necessary undergraduate coursework, they may seek the graduate degrees that are required for professional accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (for those in speech/language pathology and audiology) or the Council on Education of the Deaf (for those in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired). Students in speech/language pathology and audiology who wish to practice in Texas must be licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services; those in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired must be certified by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.

Major Requirements

  1. Students specializing in speech/language pathology must complete at least 33 semester hours of coursework in communication sciences and disorders; those specializing in audiology must complete at least 33 hours; those specializing in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired must complete at least 34 hours. For students in all three specializations, 15 hours of this coursework must be upper-division. No more than 42 semester hours of coursework in communication sciences and disorders may be counted toward the degree. The following courses are required:
    1. Speech/language pathology: Communication Sciences and Disorders 306K, 308K, 311K313L, 315S, 312341, 350, 367K, 371, and 373.
    2. Audiology: Communication Sciences and Disorders 306K, 308K, 311K313L,315S, 312341, 350,  367K, 371, and 373.
    3. Education of the deaf/hearing-impaired: Communication Sciences and Disorders 308K, 311K313L, 312, 331E341, 360M, 364367K, 373, and four hours of 175N.
  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the Moody College of Communication but outside communication sciences and disorders. 
  3. No Moody College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Writing 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward the American history, American and Texas government, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and science and technology requirements of the core curriculum.
    3. Courses in a foreign language. Students in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired are encouraged to take American Sign Language.
    4. Courses that meet flag requirements.
  2. Enough additional coursework to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.

First-year students may not take two beginning foreign language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316L, 316M, 316N, or 316P, and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and writing.
    2. Courses to be counted toward the American history, American and Texas government, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and science and technology requirements of the core curriculum.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
    4. courses that meet flag requirements.
  2. Communication Sciences and Disorders 306K (for students in speech/language pathology or audiology) or 308K (for students in education of the deaf/hearing-impaired) and other lower-division courses in communication sciences and disorders recommended by the student’s adviser.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Any remaining courses in the core curriculum and the prescribed work.
  2. The remaining courses listed as major requirements.
  3. Enough additional coursework to raise the student’s course load to 15 or 16 hours each semester.