- Bachelor of Science
Nature of the Program
The undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to the preparation of students interested in understanding the foundations of communication for typical and disordered speech, language and hearing across the lifespan. Leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, this undergraduate program emphasizes education in liberal studies; anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; development of speech and language skills; awareness of cultural diversity and its relationship to communication; phonetics; and a broad introduction to communication sciences and disorders.
Undergraduates with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders can work to pursue graduate school in speech-language pathology, audiology, public health care, public policy, education, and special education. Other options after the B.S. program include jobs as speech-language pathology or audiology assistants, hearing aid sales, in communications, in public affairs and policy for persons with disabilities, and other education and health-related jobs related to advocacy and communication for persons with disabilities. The demand for certified practitioners is continually increasing; consequently, job prospects remain very good. The undergraduate program and subsequent options in graduate study enable graduates to seek employment in a variety of settings and work with individuals of all ages as well as to pursue academic and research careers in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
Due to Covid-19 – Admission requirements may differ from what is listed on this page. Please review the most up-to-date program admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders major.
To be eligible for direct admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or a 23 Composite ACT or 1150 SAT or 45 ALEKS placement score. Students not meeting those requirements are admitted to the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success where students can work toward meeting eligibility.
Students transferring must have an overall GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission. This requirement applies to students who are external to WVU and current WVU students wishing to change their major. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission Requirements 2022-2023
The Admission Requirements above will be the same for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.
Major Code: 8360
|A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all coursework applied to the degree.|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Requirements||73|
|General Education Foundations (GEF) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (31-37 Credits)|
|Outstanding GEF Requirements 1, 5, 6, and 7||15|
|CSAD 191||First-Year Seminar||1|
Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Requirements
|A minimum grade of C- is required for all coursework applied to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Requirements, except where noted.|
|A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all coursework applied to Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Requirements.|
|Select one of the following (GEF 2):||4|
|General Biology 1|
and General Biology Laboratory
|General Biology 2|
and General Biology Laboratory 1
|Principles of Biology|
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
|Select one of the following (GEF 3):||3|
|Elementary Statistical Inference|
|Elementary Business and Economics Statistics|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)||3|
|CS 101||Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 8)||4|
|WVUE 270||Effective Public Speaking (GEF 8)||3|
|Chemistry or Physics (select one of the following - GEF 8):||4|
|Introductory Physics 1|
|Survey of Chemistry 1|
and Survey of Chemistry 1 - Laboratory
|Fundamentals of Chemistry 1|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry 1 - Laboratory
|Principles of Chemistry 1|
and Principles of Chemistry 1 - Laboratory
|Normal Human Developement (select two from the following):||6|
|Families Across the Life Span|
|Introduction to Parenting|
|Development in Early and Middle Childhood|
|Stress in Families|
|Adolescent Problems and Disorders|
|Family Interaction and Communication|
|Best Practices in Pre-K Movement|
|Introduction to Helping Professions|
or EXPH 240
|Introduction to Human Development|
|Multiculturalism in Psychology|
|Prenatal and Infant Development|
|Child and Adolescent Development|
|Adulthood and Aging|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Families and Society|
|Death and Dying|
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment 1|
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment 2|
|Abnormal Human Development (select one of the following):||3|
|Health of the Individual|
|Communication and Aging|
|Disability and the Family|
|Disability and Society|
|First Aid and Emergency Care|
|Health Care Ethics|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
|Sex Roles and Behavior|
|Introduction to Social Psychology|
|Introduction to Abnormal Psychology|
|Topics in Social Psychology|
|Psychology of Adjustment|
|Cognition and Memory|
|Learning and Behavior Theory|
|Applied Behavior Analysis|
|Introduction to Social Work|
|Social Welfare Policy and Services 1|
|Women and Men in Society|
|Special Education in Contemporary Society|
|Major Area Courses|
|CSAD 200||Introduction to Communication Disorders||3|
|CSAD 222||Phonetics and Phonology||3|
|CSAD 234||Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing||4|
|CSAD 236||Language Science||3|
|CSAD 320||Speech Science||3|
|CSAD 336||Language Acquisition 1||3|
|CSAD 340||Hearing Science||3|
|CSAD 426||Introduction to Speech Disorders||3|
|CSAD 442||Aural Rehabilitation||3|
|CSAD 342||Introduction To Audiology||3|
|CSAD 485||Professional Applications in Communication Sciences and Disorders||3|
|or CSAD 496||Senior Thesis|
|Intermed Manual Communication|
|Communication Disorder in Film|
|Language Acquisition 2|
|Speech and Language Assisting|
|Speech and Language Practicum|
All students in the B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program must complete a capstone experience before graduation. Majors will engage in a variety of written, oral, and analytical activities related to the field and will develop an oral/PowerPoint presentation which will be graded by faculty members.
|CSAD 191||1||CSAD 200||3|
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||CS 101 (GEF 8)||4|
|PSYC 101 (GEF 4)||3||GEF 6||3|
|BIOL Requirement (GEF 2)||4||Normal Human Development 2||3|
|Normal Human Development 1||3||Elective||3|
|CSAD 236||3||CSAD 234||4|
|STAT 211 or ECON 225 (GEF 3)||3||CSAD 222||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||Abnormal Human Development||3|
|WVUE 270 (GEF 8)||3||GEF 5||3|
|CHEM, PHYS, or PHY SCI (GEF 8)||3||GEF 7||3|
|CSAD 320||3||CSAD 336||3|
|CSAD 342||3||CSAD 340||3|
|CSAD 426||3||CSAD 442||3|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Outcomes
Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to the preparation of students interested in graduate study and eventual careers as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or as a researcher/teacher-scholar within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University, the student will be able to:
- Identify anatomical structure/function that support speech, language, and hearing.
- Explain acoustic and psychoacoustic principles of speech and hearing.
- Classify English speech sounds and develop the perceptual skills necessary to transcribe normal speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
- Differentiate stages of typical speech and language development (oral and written) from birth through adolescence.
- Apply information about communication and communication disorders in oral and written format.
- Identify characteristics of common speech and language disorders across the lifespan.
- Describe basic concepts related to evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders.
- Compare and contrast clinical practice utilizing principles of evidence-based practice.