Communication Disorders - Bachelor of Science in Education

The Communication Disorders curriculum provides specialized preparation for students who plan to enter a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. Students supplement their academic study of typical communication development, communication disorders, and clinical management with observation of the clinical experience in the department’s Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center and/or via alternative clinical education such as virtual patients. Students must maintain a B or better in all CD courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, to remain in the program.

The undergraduate program provides approximately one-half of the academic requirements needed for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensure by the New Mexico Regulations & Licensing Department. Certification and licensure at state and national levels require completion of the master’s degree. Details regarding certification are available from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the New Mexico Regulations & Licensing Department.

Professional employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are numerous within settings such as school systems, community clinics, medical centers, hospitals, private practice, residential programs and schools for individuals with disabilities.

Program Requirements

Required coursework (120 credits; minimum 51 upper-division credits)

Electives to meet the 120 minimum credit hours for this degree can either come from any minor that a student chooses to pursue or any other elective courses not counting elsewhere towards the degree. Recommended minors for this degree are Linguistics, Spanish, or CEP.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: English and Communication
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra (or higher) 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 1110GIntroduction to Psychology3
Choose one sequence from the following:4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Choose one from the following:4
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Physics of Music4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
4
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
4
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
Introduction to Literature3
Film as Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
World Literature I3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one of the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Dance Appreciation3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
General Education Elective
SOCI 1110GIntroduction to Sociology3
or SOCI 2310G Contemporary Social Problems
Viewing a Wider World Courses (must be from two different colleges) 26
Departmental/College Requirements
SPHS 2110Introduction to Communication Disorders3
SPHS 323Phonetics3
SPHS 422Audiology3
SPHS 301Language Acquisition3
SPHS 324Introduction to Speech Science3
SPHS 322Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms3
SPHS 326Clinical Methods and Procedures3
SPHS 421Speech and Laguage Disorders3
SPHS 423Neural Bases of Communication Disorders3
SPHS 424Aural Rehabilitation3
SPHS 425Professional Reasoning and Scientific Thinking3
Non- Departmentals Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
CEPY 451VIntroduction to Counseling3
LING 2110GIntroduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
LING 302VLanguage and Society3
or LING 303 Exploring Language Systems
Choose one from the following:3
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
Statistical Applications3
Choose one from the following:3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Second Language: (see below)
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I 33
or SPAN 1110 Spanish I
SIGN 2110American Sign Language III 33
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
Electives, to bring total credits to 120 424
12 credits must be upper-division
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1220G College Algebra 1 3
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Human Ancestors  
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  
Introduction to Anthropology  
World Archaeology  
CEPY 1150 Career Development 1
 Credits14
Semester 2
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics 1 3
SOCI 1110G Introduction to Sociology 3
LING 2110G Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Semester 1
BIOL 1120G
BIOL 1120L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology 3
SPHS 2110 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication 1  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
PHYS 1125G Physics of Music 4
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Literature  
Film as Literature  
Introduction to Creative Writing  
World Literature I  
Choose from one of the following: 3
Language and Society  
Exploring Language Systems  
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Semester 1
SPHS 323 Phonetics (Fall Only) 1 3
SPHS 422 Audiology (Fall Only) 1 3
First Course in Second Language Series (ASL or SPAN) 3-4
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits15-16
Semester 2
SPHS 301 Language Acquisition (Spring Only) 1 3
SPHS 324 Introduction to Speech Science (Spring Only) 1 3
Next Course in Second Language Series (ASL or SPAN) 1 3-4
CEPY 451V Introduction to Counseling 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
SPHS 322 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms (Fall Only) 1 3
SPHS 326 Clinical Methods and Procedures (Fall Only) 1 3
SPHS 421 Speech and Laguage Disorders (Fall Only) 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
SPHS 423 Neural Bases of Communication Disorders (Spring Only) 1 3
SPHS 424 Aural Rehabilitation (Spring Only) 1 3
SPHS 425 Professional Reasoning and Scientific Thinking (Spring Only) 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 2
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-122