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 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra (or higher; except MATH 210) 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
Choose one sequence from the following:4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Choose one from the following:4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics (recommended)4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
Perspectives on Literature3
Perspectives on Film3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Literature and Culture3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Choose one of the following:
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective
SOC 101GIntroductory Sociology3
or SOC 201G Contemporary Social Problems
Viewing a Wider World Courses (must be from two different colleges) 26
Departmental/College Requirements
C D 221Introduction to Communication Disorders3
C D 323Phonetics3
C D 422Audiology3
C D 301Language Acquisition3
C D 324Introduction to Speech Science3
C D 322Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms3
C D 326Clinical Methods and Procedures3
C D 421Speech and Laguage Disorders3
C D 423Neural Bases of Communication Disorders3
C D 424Aural Rehabilitation3
C D 425Professional Reasoning and Scientific Thinking3
Non- Departmentals Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
C EP 451VIntroduction to Counseling3
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3
LING 302VLanguage and Society3
or LING 303 Exploring Language Systems
Choose one from the following:3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistical Applications3
Choose one from the following:3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Choose one from the following:3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Making History3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 15003
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Second Language: (see below)
C D 374American Sign Language I 33
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
C D 375American Sign Language II 33
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
Electives, to bring total credits to 120 421
12 credits must be upper-division
Total Credits120