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.

General Requirements

See the "General Requirements" in the College of Education section. A list of specific general education courses is available at the Advisement Center.

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.

General Education Courses35
Area I: English and Communication
Rhetoric and Composition4
Choose one from the following:
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Choose one from the following:
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II: Mathematics
College Algebra ((any MATH beyond 121G))3
Choose one from the following:
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistical Applications3
Area III: Laboratory Science
Choose one from the following:
Human Biology3
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life3
Cellular and Organismal Biology3
Choose one from the following:
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics ((recommended))4
General Physics I3
General Physics II3
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Introduction to Psychology3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems
Choose one from the following:
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:
Perspectives on Literature3
Perspectives on Film3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Literature and Culture3
Select one additional course from the following:
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Dance Appreciation3
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
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
The World of Theatre3
Viewing a Wider World Courses6
Major Requirements (non-CD courses)
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3
LING 302VLanguage and Society3
or LING 303 Exploring Language Systems
C D 374American Sign Language I3
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
or SPAN 113 Spanish for Heritage Learners I
or SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish I
C D 375American Sign Language II3
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
or SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
C EP 451VIntroduction to Counseling3
Major Requirements (CD courses)
C D 221Introduction to Communication Disorders 13
C D 323Phonetics3
C D 422Audiology3
C D 301Language Acquisition 13
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 425Professional Reasoning and Scientific Thinking3
C D 424Aural Rehabilitation3
Electives: to bring total to 120 28
Total Credits120