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The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 48 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

14 courses required:

CMSD    120    Survey Communication Disorders    3.0    FA

CMSD    131    Communication Disorders I    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CMSD 120, CMSD 162, CMSD 190.

CMSD    146C    American Sign Language I    3.0    FA

CMSD    151    Language Development     3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CMSD 190.

CMSD      162      Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hear Mech     3.0    FA

CMSD    163    Acoustics/Psychoacoustics Speech    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CMSD 120, CMSD 162, CMSD 190.

CMSD    190    Phonetics    3.0    FA

CMSD    231    Communication Disorders II    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CMSD 120.

CMSD    235     Diagnositc Methods in Spch-Lang Path    3.0    SP

ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

CMSD    240    Audiology    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CMSD 162, CMSD 163.

CMSD    241    Aural Rehabilitation    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CMSD 151, CMSD 162, CMSD 163, CMSD 240.

CMSD    252    Language Disorders    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CMSD 151.

CMSD    270    Orientation Clinical Practicum    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CMSD 131, CMSD 231, CMSD 235, CMSD 252.

PSY    202    Child/Adolescent Psychology     3.0    FS

1 courses selected from:

PSY    203    Advanced Child Psychology    3.0    FS

PSY    240    Psychology of Exceptional Child    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: PSY 202.

1 courses selected from:

CMSD    260    Communication & Aging     3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Senior or Gradutate Standing

PSY    207    Psychology of Adulthood & Aging     3.0    FA

Other psychology courses may be substituted upon approval of your adviser.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major.
It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (299H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.