BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Units required for Major: 52-55 (40-43 CSAD courses + 12 major prerequisites)

Program Description

A student must have a 2.5 GPA in the major in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. To achieve this GPA, students may repeat up to a maximum of 16 units of coursework in the major in courses for which grades of C- or below were earned, contingent upon their eligibility to do so under the campus policy on repeating courses. Repeated course grades will either be forgiven or averaged with the new grade according to the campus policy on repeating courses. Students must complete the major prerequisites before beginning courses in Communication Science and Disorders.

Undergraduate courses are designed for students to begin in the fall semester and progress in a proscribed sequence.

It is strongly recommended that students:

  • Take a course in physics and/or chemistry as some programs offering the Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Sciences and Disorders will require it.
  • Finish all Undergraduate General Education units before beginning major coursework.

Program Requirements

Required Major Prerequisite Courses (12 Units)
CHDV 30Human Development (or other course in Human Development through the lifespan)3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Research for Social Workers
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Statistics for Sociologists
Other introductory Statistics course
PSYC 2Introductory Psychology (or other course in Introduction to Psychology)3
DEAF 51American Sign Language 1 (or other course in sign language)3
Required Upper Division Courses (43 Units)
Semester 1, Fall
CSAD 110Physics of Sound and Phonetics4
CSAD 111Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism3
CSAD 112Language Science and Development3
Semester 2, Spring
CSAD 125Developmental and Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders Across the Lifespan3
CSAD 126Speech Sound Development and Disorders in Children: Aspects of Articulation and Phonology3
CSAD 130Audiology and Hearing Testing3
CSAD 145Supervised Field Observations1
Semester 3, Fall
CSAD 123Voice and Fluency3
CSAD 142Topics in Autism Spectrum Disorders2
CSAD 146Introduction to Clinical Issues and Methods 13
CSAD 147Assessment Procedures3
Semester 4, Spring
CSAD 127Introduction to Medical Speech Pathology3
CSAD 133Aural Rehabilitation3
CSAD 143Communication Disorders in Multicultural Populations3
CSAD 148Research in Speech - Language Pathology and Audiology3
Total Units55

Offered Fall or SpringRequired for students who plan to apply to Sacramento State for the Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Recommended for students who plan to apply to graduate programs at other universities. Optional for students who do not plan to attend graduate school.

Note: Students must submit a signed record of all observation hours and supervised clinical clock hours to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Students should retain a second copy for their personal records.

Prior to enrolling in CSAD 146, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Pass/complete the Sacramento State undergraduate writing requirement as delineated in the University Policy Manual posted on the campus website.
  • 3.2 GPA within the major (CSAD) with no CSAD courses below a grade of "C."
  • Proof of negative tuberculin (PPD) test and verification of measles, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations.
  • Completion of a Level 1 criminal background screening. Screenings must be conducted by the department-sanctioned agency. Refer to Department webpage for current agency instructions. Background checks performed by other agencies are not accepted.