Stephen F. Austin State University

Communication Sciences & Disorders, B.S.

A speech-language pathologist evaluates and provides treatment for children and adults who have communication disorders. The bachelor's degree is a pre-professional degree for people wishing to pursue graduate study in communication sciences and disorders or speech and language pathology or for those wishing to pursue a career as a speech-language pathology assistant. The master's degree is required for Texas licensure and clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Admission Requirements

Students requesting admission to the Bachelor of Science program in communication sciences and disorders must meet the following criteria:

  1. acceptance to SFA
  2. a minimum of 30 credit hours
  3. a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in college work
  4. and a minimum grade of B in CSD 200, CSD 210 and CSD 220.

Students will not be permitted to register for advanced communication sciences and disorders courses unless they have completed the core courses and have been admitted to the Bachelor of Science program in communication sciences and disorders.

Admission Process

Admission is based upon the applicant's overall GPA and grades in the introductory CSD courses. To be considered for admission review, the applicant must submit the following materials:

  1. a completed application to the communication sciences and disorders program
  2. complete transcripts for all previous college credit
  3. and a copy of advising sheets.

Applications for admission to the summer and fall classes must be submitted by Feb. 1 each year. Applications for admission to the spring classes must be submitted by Sept. 15 each year. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that all application materials are received by the communication sciences and disorders program by deadline.

Program Courses

1. Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

Three hours from:
ENG 131 - Rhetoric and Composition Credit(s): 3
ENG 133H - Honors Composition: Analysis, Argument and Research Credit(s): 3

Three hours from:
COM 111 - Public Speaking Credit(s): 3
COM 170 - Interpersonal Communication I Credit(s): 3

B. Mathematics

Three hours from:
MTH 220 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics Credit(s): 3

C. Life and Physical Sciences

Please note that most science courses require co-enrollment in an appropriate laboratory course.

Three hours from:
BIO 121 - Concepts of Biology Credit(s): 3
BIO 123 - Human Biology Credit(s): 3
BIO 133 - Principles of Zoology Credit(s): 3
BIO 238 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credit(s): 3

Three hours from:
CHE 111 - Intro to Chemistry I Credit(s): 3
CHE 112 - Intro to Chemistry II Credit(s): 3
CHE 133 - General Chemistry I Credit(s): 3
CHE 134 - General Chemistry II Credit(s): 3
PHY 101 - General Physics I Credit(s): 3
PHY 102 - General Physics II Credit(s): 3
PHY 110 - Fundamentals of Electronics Credit(s): 3
PHY 118 - Acoustical Physics Credit(s): 3
PHY 131 - Mechanics and Heat Credit(s): 3
PHY 132 - Electricity, Sound and Light Credit(s): 3

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

Three hours from:
ENG 200-ENG 233H
PHI 153 - Introduction to Philosophy Credit(s): 3
PHI 223 - Introduction to Ethics Credit(s): 3
HIS 151 - Western Civilization to 1500 Credit(s): 3
HIS 152 - Western Civilization Since 1500 Credit(s): 3

E. Creative Arts

Three hours from:
ART 280 - Art Appreciation Credit(s): 3
ART 281 - Art History Survey I Credit(s): 3
ART 282 - Art History Survey II Credit(s): 3
DAN 140 - Dance Appreciation Credit(s): 3
MUS 140 - Music Appreciation Credit(s): 3
MHL 245 - Intro to Music Literature Credit(s): 3
THR 161 - Theatre Appreciation Credit(s): 3
THR 163 - Film and Culture Credit(s): 3

F. American History

Six hours from:
HIS 133 - U.S. History Survey, 1000-1877 Credit(s): 3
HIS 134 - U.S. History Survey, 1877-Present Credit(s): 3

G. Government/Political Science

Six hours from:
PSC 141 - Introduction to American Government: Theory and Politics Credit(s): 3
PSC 142 - Introduction to American Government: Structure and Functions Credit(s): 3

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Three hours from:
PSY 133 - General Psychology Credit(s): 3
ANT 231 - Cultural Anthropology Credit(s): 3
SOC 137 - Introduction to Sociology Credit(s): 3

I. Component Area Option

Six hours from:
ENG 132 - Research and Argument Credit(s): 3
ENG 273 - Technical and Scientific Writing Credit(s): 3

2. Department Requirements

Three hours from:
ENG 341 - Introduction to Linguistics Credit(s): 3
ENG 344 - Structures of English Credit(s): 3

3. Support/Pre-Major Area

Three hours from:
BIO 238 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credit(s): 3
BIO 238L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Credit(s): 1
ECH 328 - Foundations of ECH Credit(s): 2
ECH 328P - Foundations of ECH (P) Credit(s): 1
ECH 331 - Child-Centered Environments Credit(s): 2
ECH 331P - Child-Centered Environments (P) Credit(s): 1
ENG 341 - Introduction to Linguistics Credit(s): 3
ENG 342 - History of the English Language Credit(s): 3
EPS 485 - Human Growth and Development Credit(s): 3
HMS 236 - Child Development Credit(s): 3
HMS 236P - Child Development Practicum Credit(s): 1
HMS 241 - Introduction to Early Childhood Credit(s): 2
HMS 241P - Introduction to Early Childhood Education Practicum Credit(s): 1
SPA 310 - Spanish Phonetics Credit(s): 3

Three hours from:
PSY 376 - Lifespan Development Credit(s): 3
SOC 370 - Social Gerontology Credit(s): 3

4. Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Courses

Forty-eight hours from:
CSD 200 - Introduction to Communication Disorders Credit(s): 3
CSD 210 - Phonetics Credit(s): 3
CSD 220 - Normal Speech and Language Development Credit(s): 3
CSD 230 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Credit(s): 3
CSD 240 - Introduction to Audiology Credit(s): 3
CSD 300 - Speech Disorders Credit(s): 3
CSD 310 - Language Disorders in Children Credit(s): 3
CSD 320 - Diagnostic Methods Credit(s): 3
CSD 330 - Aural/Oral Habilitation of the Hearing Impaired Credit(s): 3
CSD 340 - Literacy and the SLP Credit(s): 3
CSD 400 - Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders Across the Lifespan Credit(s): 3
CSD 410 - Neurological Bases of Communication Credit(s): 3
CSD 420 - Clinical Intervention Methods Credit(s): 3
CSD 430 - Clinical Experience Credit(s): 3
RHB 381 - Interviewing and Helping Skills Credit(s): 3
SPE 329 - Survey of Exceptionalities Credit(s): 3

5. Hours needed to total 120

To be discussed with advisor.

6. Residence Requirement

A minimum of 42 semester hours of residence work (course work taken at SFA), of which at least 36 hours must be advanced (300 and/or 400 level).

Post-graduate Students

Students who have obtained bachelor's degrees in other fields of study may enroll in undergraduate communication sciences and disorders courses in preparation for graduate study. These post-graduate students must meet the requirements for admission to the bachelor's degree program listed above. In order to be eligible to apply to the SFA graduate program, post-graduate students must complete the following courses:

CSD 200 - Introduction to Communication Disorders Credit(s): 3
CSD 210 - Phonetics Credit(s): 3
CSD 220 - Normal Speech and Language Development Credit(s): 3
CSD 230 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Credit(s): 3
CSD 240 - Introduction to Audiology Credit(s): 3
CSD 300 - Speech Disorders Credit(s): 3
CSD 310 - Language Disorders in Children Credit(s): 3
CSD 320 - Diagnostic Methods Credit(s): 3
CSD 330 - Aural/Oral Habilitation of the Hearing Impaired Credit(s): 3
CSD 410 - Neurological Bases of Communication Credit(s): 3
CSD 420 - Clinical Intervention Methods Credit(s): 3
CSD 430 - Clinical Experience Credit(s): 3

Note:
Students also must complete a biological science, physical science, social and behavioral science, and statistics before completion.