Communication Disorders - Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

The Communication Disorders curriculum provides specialized preparation for students who would like to work as Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A) and those 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 grade of B or better in all Speech Language Hearing Sciences (SPHS) courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, to remain in the program.

The undergraduate program fulfills all educational requirements needed for certification as Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Details regarding certification are available from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and for those seeking a license as Apprentice in Speech-Language (ASL) in New Mexico, information can be found on the website of 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 48 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 Counseling and Educational Psychology.

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 300/3000 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 and Technical Communication Honors3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture0,3
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
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
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
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
SOCI 1110GIntroduction to Sociology3
or SOCI 2310G Contemporary Social Problems
Viewing a Wider World Courses (must be from two different colleges) 36
Departmental/College Requirements
SPHS 2110Introduction to Communication Disorders3
SPHS 4510Phonetics3
SPHS 4520Audiology3
SPHS 4610Language Acquisition3
SPHS 4620Speech and Hearing Science3
SPHS 4710Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan3
SPHS 4715Language Disorders Across the Life Span3
SPHS 4720Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms3
SPHS 4810Clinical Methods and Procedures3
SPHS 4820Neural Bases of Communication Disorders3
SPHS 4830Aural Rehabilitation3
Non- Departmentals Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
PSYC 2120Developmental Psychology3
or CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior
CEPY 4110VIntroduction 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
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 1120American Sign Language II 33
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
Electives, to bring total credits to 120 524
12 credits must be upper-division
Total Credits120

MATH 1220G College Algebra is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter MATH 1220G first.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


SPAN 1110 Spanish I/SPAN 1120 Spanish II or an advanced Spanish course.


Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

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
Choose two from one of the following: 6
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Anthropology
World Archaeology
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
Second Year
Semester 1
BIOL 1120G
BIOL 1120L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
SPHS 2110 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional and Technical Communication Honors 1
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
SPHS 3110

or Human Growth and Behavior
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
Third Year
Semester 1
SPHS 4510 Phonetics ( Fall Only) 1 3
SPHS 4520 Audiology (Fall Only) 1 3
First Course in Second Language Series (ASL or SPAN) 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Semester 2
SPHS 4610 Language Acquisition (Spring Only) 1 3
SPHS 4620 Speech and Hearing Science (Spring Only) 1 3
Next Course in Second Language Series (ASL or SPAN) 1 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 6
Fourth Year
Semester 1
SPHS 4810 Clinical Methods and Procedures 3
SPHS 4820 Neural Bases of Communication Disorders (Fall Only) 3
SPHS 4715 Language Disorders Across the Life Span (Fall Only) 1 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
Semester 2
SPHS 4830 Aural Rehabilitation (Spring Only) 1 3
SPHS 4720 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms (Spring Only) 3
SPHS 4710 Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan (Spring Only) 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Minor (or Elective) Course 3
 Total Credits120

These courses may have prerequisites and/or co-requisites, and it is the students responsibility for checking and fulfilling all those requirements.


See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.