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A minimum of 120 credits are required for a bachelor of science degree in CSD. 45 credits are General Education requirements, 54–55 credits are requirements for the major (42 credits of prescribed and 12–13 credits of additional courses), and the remainder are for electives.

General Education requirements

Students are required to take a minimum of 45 credits to complete their General Education requirements. The General Education requirement consists of course work in the following areas:

Writing/Speaking (9 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GWS)
Natural Science (9 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GN)
Quantification (6 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GQ)
Arts (6 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GA)
Humanities (6 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GH)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GS)
Health and Physical Activity (3 credits; courses are designated with the suffix GHA)

The following are General Education courses recommended for CSD students:

Writing/Speaking: ENGL 15 or 30, CAS 100A or B, or CAS 137H/138T, and ENGL 202A, B, C, or D
Quantification: STAT 200, EDPSY 101, or PSYCH 200
Natural Science: BI SC 2, BI SC 4, BIOL 133, BIOL 155 CHEM 1, CHEM 101, PHYS 1
General Humanities: CI 280, APLNG 200/210, or ENGL 228
Social and Behavioral Sciences: PSYCH 100 and HDFS 129
Health and Physical Activity: CSD 100 or 101

Requirements for the major

CSD majors are required to take 54–55 credits to complete the major where 42 credits of which are prescribed and 12–13 credits are additional courses.

CSD prescribed courses

CSD majors must take each Prescribed Course listed below.

Course Title Prerequisite
PSYCH 100 Psychology None
CSD 146 (US;IL) Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders None
CSD 230 Introduction to Audiology None
CSD 269 (US;IL) Deafness and Society None
CSD 300 (US;IL) Developmental Considerations in Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders CSD 146
CSD 311 Clinical Phonetics CSD 146
CSD 331 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms CSD 146, course in human biology
CSD 341 Acoustic Principles in Communication Sciences and Disorders CSD 311, CSD 331
CSD 433 Aural Rehabilitation CSD 230
CSD 442 Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology CSD 146, 311, 331
CSD 444 Introduction to Organic Disorders of Speech and Language CSD 146, 300, 331
CSD 451 An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication CSD146, 300
CSD 459W Principles of Clinical Management in Communication Sciences and Disorders CSD 146 and two 400-level CSD courses
CSD 462 (US;IL) Clinical Bases of Language Disorders CSD 300

**Note: All CSD majors must have a C or better grade in these CSD courses as specified in Senate Policy 82-44

CSD Additional Courses

CSD majors must take one course within each of the four areas listed below. Some of the additional courses are also General Education courses. The courses not taken as additional courses make excellent choices as elective courses.

Psychology of Human Learning: EDPSY 14 or PSYCH 261
Elementary Statistics: STAT 200, EDPSY 101, or PSYCH 200
Developmental Psychology: HDFS 129 or PSYCH 212
Development, Relations, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychology of Adjustment: HDFS 229, 249, 315, 411, 418, 432, PSYCH 270, or 471.

CSD Electives

CSD offers several courses listed below that are not required for graduation. These courses would be excellent elective courses for CSD majors.

PSU 14 First-Year Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders (1 credit; can only be taken during first year; counts as the First-Year Seminar Requirement if no other First-Year Seminar has been taken)
CSD 100 (GHA;US) Prevention of Vocal Abuse (3 credits)
CSD 101 (GHA;US) Prevention of Hearing Loss (1.5 credits)
CSD 218 American Sign Language I (3 credits)
CSD 318 American Sign Language II (3 credits; prerequisite is CSD 218)

Other Electives

Since speech-language pathologists and audiologists commonly work with infants, pre-school and school-age children, and adults, course work in the following areas would be excellent choices for electives:

Special Education: SPLED 400, SPLED 403A or B
Counselor Education: CNED 404
Infant, Adolescent or Adult Development: HDFS 229, 239, 249, 428, 429, 445; PSYCH 426
Communication Sciences and Disorders: CSD 100, 101, 218, 318
Linguistics: LING 1, LING 100, APLNG 200, APLNG 210
Ethnic Studies: CI 280, SOC 119, LTNST 100, LTNST 127
Disability Studies: RHS 100, RHS 300, ENGL 228

For students who wish to teach in the public schools, you must take a literature course for Instructional I Certification.

Read the list of acceptable literature courses for Instructional I Certification Candidates


By careful scheduling, students can use their elective credits to complete a minor in such areas as Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Linguistics, Health Policy and Administration, Spanish, Gerontology, Psychology, Special Education, or another area. Typically, a minor requires 18 credits, 6 of which have to be 400-level courses. CSD majors interested in obtaining a minor should consult with the department offering the minor to find out all of the minors' requirements.

University Requirements

The following University requirements must be completed for graduation.

C or Better Course Requirement: CSD majors must obtain a grade of C or better in all prescribed CSD courses.
Intercultural and International Competence Requirement: For CSD majors, this requirement is completed once a student has passed CSD 269.
Writing Across the Curriculum Requirement: For CSD majors, this requirement is completed once the student has passed CSD 459.

Academic and Advising Information

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