Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree in Communicative Disorders

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The Bachelor of Arts/Science (BA/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. 

The CD Undergraduate Program is transitioning from a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree starting in Fall 2017. In the Bachelor of Arts degree, there are 12 core courses required for the major, constituting 36 units. In the Bachelor of Science degree, there are 13 core courses required for the major, constituting 39 units. The final cohort of BA students are expected to graduate in Spring 2018. All students entering the CD major in or after Fall 2017 will graduate with a BS degree.   

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 CD graduate coursework, beyond the 120 units required for graduation, during their final semester as an undergraduate. For specific requirements to enter the CD major, contact the CD program office at (415) 338-1001 or cdinfo@sfsu.edu to make an appointment with a CD advisor to go over the what you need to know before declaring the CD major.

» Download a brochure of the Bachelor of Arts program

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

 

Undergraduate Students Declaring the CD Major

Choosing a major is a milestone in a student's academic career. The CD Program is a challenging major. Students who are happy and successful in the CD major are those whose skills, talents, and disposition are a good fit for the Communication Sciences and Disorders field. Before declaring CD as your major, we require that you consider the following to see if CD is right for you:

1. CD courses must be taken in a strict sequence, called the roadmap.

2. There are several prerequisite courses that you must complete BEFORE taking CD courses, including the following:

  • A course in biological sciences (Effective Fall 2016, a course in one of the following area will be required PRIOR to starting CD major courses: biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science.)
  • A course in physical science (Effective Fall 2016, a course in Physics or Chemistry will be required PRIOR to starting CD major courses. At SFSU, Physics can be fulfilled by PHYS 101 and Chemistry can fulfilled by CHEM 101.)
  • A course in statistics (At SFSU, this requirement can be fulfilled by MATH 124, PSY 171, or ISED 160. Effective Fall 2016, this requirement must be completed PRIOR to starting CD major courses.) (CSU Northridge also offers an online Introductory Statistics course – MATH 140 – which is open to eligible SFSU students. For more information, please visit: CSU Course Match
  • A course in social/behavioral science  (Effective Fall 2016, course in one of the following area will be required PRIOR to starting CD major courses: psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.)

3. Download the Undergraduate CD Major Guide and put your initial next to each of the specified activities as you complete it.

SFSU undergraduates must bring this form to meet with a CD advisor to declare the major. Transfer students should consult with their advisors as they consider declaring this major. 

4. Bring a transcript

You must have a 2.0 GPA to declare the CD major. Please bring a transcript to your advising meeting. (An unofficial transcript is okay.)

5. Download and carefully read the Essential Functions Guide that describes the essential characteristics necessary for success in the SLP field

6. In order to register for CD courses, you must have completed a minimum of 60 units.

If you believe CD is a good fit for you after completing the 5 steps above, or if you wish to learn more about the CD major, make an appointment with a CD advisor by calling 415.338.1001. Please bring the Undergraduate CD Major Guide that you have completed and signed to the meeting.

Undergraduate students who are entering the program from another major are required to complete a "Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in CD to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.

Required Academic Courses 

Course Listing & Sequence For Students Who Will Start Major Classes AFTER Fall 2017

CD 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.

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

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

In order to facilitate completion of the CD 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: MATH 124; PSY 171; or ISED 160.

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

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

Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Communicative Disorders Major

    3
CD 652

Anatomy & Physiology of Hearing

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Communicative Disorders Major

    3
CD 655

Dynamics of Language Development* 

*Fulfills Upper Division General Requirement UD-D

Prerequisite:  Upper Division Standing

    3

CD 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
CD 661

Neurolinguistics

Prerequisite:  Communicative Disorders Major; Completion of Eng 214 with a grade of C- or better

    3

CD 654

Audiometry 

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Communicative Disorders Major

    3

CD 680

Audiometry Lab

Must be taken concurrently with CD 654

    1

CD 658

Atypical Language Development 

Prerequisite:  Junior in the Communicative Disorders 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
CD 664

Phonetics

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Communicative Disorders Major

3
CD 657

Aural Rehabilitation

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Communicative Disorders Major

3
CD 656GW

Diagnostics

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Communicative Disorders Major

3
CD 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
CD 668

Typical and Atypical Social Communication Development

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Communicative Disorders Major

3
CD 659

Typical and Atypical Articulation and Phonological Development

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Communicative Disorders Major

3
CD 663

Augmentative & Alternative Communication 

Prerequisite:  Senior in the Communicative Disorders Major

3
CD 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
 

Course Listing & Sequence For Bachelor of Arts Students (Started the Major BEFORE 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.

CD Major Course Sequence Roadmap for Bachelor of Arts (For Students who Entered Major Before Fall 2017)

  • CD651 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • CD652 Audiology
  • CD653 Fluency and Voice Disorders
  • CD654 Audiometry
  • CD656 Diagnosis of Communicative Disorders
  • CD658 Communication Development and Disorders
  • CD659 Articulatory and Phonological Disorders
  • CD660 Communicative Disorders
  • CD661 Neurolinguistics
  • CD663 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CD668 Language Acquisition and Development
  • CD664 Clinical Phonetics

 

CD Major Course Sequence for Bachelor of Arts (For Students who Entered Major Before Fall 2017)

JUNIOR YEAR: Fall Schedule

 
Course # Course Name Units
CD 651 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism     3
CD 660 Communicative Disorders     3
CD 668 Language Acquisition and Development     3

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

3
UD GE Elective(s)

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

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
3
  Total Units     15

 

JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 661 Neurolinguistics (Prereq: CD 651, 660, 668)     3
CD 664 Clinical Phonetics (Prereq: CD 651, 660, 668)     3
CD 658 Communication Development & Disorders (Prereq: CD 651, 660, 668)     3

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

3
UD GE Elective(s)

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

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
3+
  Total Units     15+

 

SENIOR YEAR: Fall Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 652 Audiology (Prereq: CD 661, 664, 658) 3
CD 656 Diagnosis of Communication Disorders (Prereq: CD 661, 664, 658) 3
CD 659 Articulatory & Phonological Disorders (Prereq: CD 661, 664, 658) 3
CD 711 Clinic Aide (Optional) 1

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

3
GE Elective

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

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
3
  Total Units     15-16

 

SENIOR YEAR: Spring Schedule
Course # Course Name Units
CD 654 
+ 680
Audiometry (Prereq: CD 652, 656, 659)
Practicum in Communication Therapy
3
2
CD 653 Fluency and Voice Disorders (Prereq: CD 652, 656, 659) 3
CD 663 Augmentative & Alternative Communication (Prereq: CD 652, 656, 659) 3
CD 711 Clinic Aide (Optional) (1)

Complementary Study

Requirement

Met by Minor, Second Major, or 12 UD units outside of major

Recommended: Education Minor

(3)
UD GE Elective

If needed, fulfill the General Education (GE) requirements for one or more 
Domains of Knowledge and Overlays. 

  • Domains of Knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C)
    and/or Social Sciences (UD-D)
  • Overlays: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental 
    Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ).
(3)
        11-18

Criteria for Advancement in the Program

The CD Program maintains expectations for students to meet high academic standards. The CD 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 who begin taking CD major courses must maintain the following:

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

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

For students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in addition to the required major courses listed above, you must also complete the Complementary Studies Requirement, and this can be done during your junior and senior years. For more information about Complementary Studies, visit http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/complementary-studies.

  • One recommendation for how to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement is by completing a minor in Special Education or Education.  Contact the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders in BH 156 for an appointment with a minor advisor.
  • Here is the link to the SPED minor: http://spedcd.sfsu.edu/content/minor

In addition to the Complementary Study Requirement, students must also 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