Undergraduate Catalog 2024-2025

Communication Sciences and Disorders B.S. – Second Baccalaureate

Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Location: Gunter 1400

Telephone: 970.351.2734


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate program offers a pre-professional bachelor's degree in audiology and speech-language sciences. Training focuses on a broad-based education with emphasis on: the sciences, anatomy and physiology, psychology, development of audition, language and speech, principles of hearing science, technical instrumentation and problem solving. Students learn about individuals with communication disorders due to head injury, stroke, ear disease, noise exposure, vocal disease and misuse, autism, developmental delays, brain injury, genetics and many other issues. Additionally, students will explore the science behind how we talk, formulate language, hear and process our auditory environment, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and prevent communication disorders. Students who have interests in medical fields, applied sciences, psychology, acoustics, music or education are encouraged to consider audiology and speech-language sciences.

The degree program can be modified to serve as an excellent undergraduate foundation for entry into master's degree programs in Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Public Health or Gerontology. Students interested in pursuing this option should see their advisor.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • In addition to fulfilling the specified major requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a grade of “C-” or better must be earned in all of the Required Major Credit courses in order for the courses to count toward the major.
  • In addition, the University requirement of a UNC cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 for graduation must also be met.
  • Students holding a previous bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in another major and who are seeking a second bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) may enroll in the program following University of Northern Colorado admission procedures outlined in this catalog. Students should contact the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the same time for information regarding specifics of the CSD major. The length of the program for the ASLS second baccalaureate depends on the amount of transfer credits and successful completion of required courses listed for the degree. Students must also meet the university requirements for a second baccalaureate listed previously under student policies and procedures in this catalog.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

Degree Requirements - 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

Students whose first bachelor's degree is identified as liberal-arts based will be exempted from completing the specific LAC requirements, but still must meet the 120-hour minimum for the degree.

2. Required Major Credits — Minimum 30 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CSD 260Introduction to Phonetics


CSD 266Normal Speech and Language Development


CSD 267Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism


CSD 343Fundamentals of Physiological and Biological Acoustics


CSD 360Articulation and Voice Disorders


CSD 365Language Disorders in Children


CSD 370Basic Audiology


CSD 469Clinical Processes in Communication Sciences and Disorders


CSD 478Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification


In addition to the above coursework, it is recommended that students select from the following courses to achieve the 30 credit minimum:

ASL 101American Sign Language I


BIO 245Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology


CSD 160Introduction to Human Communication and Its DisordersLAB3


CSD 366Language Sampling Processes


CSD 431Organically-Based Communication Disorders


CSD 473SLPA Seminar and Field Experience


CSD 487Advanced Audiology


Coursework in the following areas is required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to obtain professional certification:

  • Statistics
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Life Sciences (Biology)
  • Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics)

3. University-Wide Credits — 59 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 59 credits. For most students with a previous bachelor's degree, coursework from the first awarded degree will completely satisfy this requirement.

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