Undergraduate Program

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (CSDO)                                                                                   

B.S. Degree Plan

Communication Disorders Clinic/Program Office

Location: Manning Hall 108

Mail: MSC 177A

Phone: 361-593-3493

An overall grade point average of 2.75, a grade point average of 3.0 in all CSDO courses, adequate written and oral communication skills (see CSDO 4223) and a passing grade on the CSDO exit exam prior to graduation are required so as to prepare the student for acceptance into a master's program. Students with less than a 3.0 grade point average must petition the CSDO faculty before enrollment in any subsequent class will be permitted. Students in communication sciences and disorders have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the Communication Disorders Clinic.

Students should be advised that the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology may deny a license to an applicant because of conviction for a felony or misdemeanor if the crime directly relates to the professional duties of a speech-language pathologist, assistant in speech-language pathology or audiologist. A Master's Degree in communication disorders is required in order to be a licensed speech-language pathologist in the State of Texas.

2325. Phonetics. 3(3-0) Training in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and practice in the transcription of normal and disordered speech.

3122. Clinical Observation in Speech Pathology and Audiology. 1(0-2) Observation of clinical practice in speech pathology and audiology. Satisfactory completion required before the student can begin clinical practice. May be repeated for a total of 2 semester hours. Prerequisite: grade of C in, or concurrent registration in, CSDO 3305. Credit/Non-credit.

3305. Introduction to Communication Disorders. 3(3-0) Cause, diagnosis and therapies of communication disorders, delays or differences.

3313. Introduction to Audiology. 3(3-1.5) Basic audiological concepts and their applicability to instrumentation and educational procedures utilized in the habilitation and/or rehabilitation of the pre-school and school aged child. Prerequisite: CSDO 3321; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

3321. Anatomy of the Auditory and Vocal Mechanisms. 3(3-0) Designed to acquaint the student with the physiology and functions of the vocal and auditory mechanisms. Prerequisite: BIOL 1106/BIOL 1306 or BIOL 2401.

3333. Normal Language Acquisition. 3(3-0) Symbolic system used by humans to communicate; role of learning in perception, comprehension and expression of linguistic codes; sequential development of normal language skills. Prerequisite: one COMS course.

4223. Clinical Practice in Speech/Language Pathology. 2(0-4) Administration of speech/language therapy and diagnostic evaluation under direct supervision. May be repeated once. Attendance required at weekly clinical conference. Prerequisites: CSDO 4390 (may also be taken concurrently), CSDO 3333 and 4321; an overall grade point average of 3.0; a grade point average of 3.0 in all CSDO courses; successful completion of the departmental communication skills examination; and senior standing in CSDO.

4321. Articulatory and Phonological Disorders. 3(3-1) Development of speech sounds, etiologies of articulation and phonological disorders, assessment, procedures and therapeutic approaches for working with individuals with articulation disorders. Demonstration and simulated practice. Students will complete a minimum of 5 hours of observation of articulation/phonology therapy in the Communication Disorders Clinic. Prerequisites: CSDO 2325 and CSDO 3305; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

4327. Diagnostics in Speech/Language Pathology. 3(3-1) The diagnostic process in the area of Communication Disorders. Knowledge of test protocols and assessment methods in language, articulation, voice and stuttering disorders. Students will complete a minimum of 5 hours of observation of articulation/phonology therapy in the Communication Disorders Clinic. Prerequisites: CSDO 3305, CSDO 3333 and CSDO 4321; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

4329. Voice and Fluency Disorders. 3(3-1) Symptoms and etiologies of voice and fluency disorders. Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Students will complete a minimum of 5 hours of observation of articulation/phonology therapy in the Communication Disorders Clinic. Prerequisites: CSDO 3305 and CSDO 3321; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

4331. Speech and Hearing Science. 3(3-0) Physical properties of sound, sound measurement, basic auditory function, acoustic and physiological phonetics and the perception of speech. Prerequisite: CSDO 3321; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

4335. Communication Disorders in Children. 3(3-1) Interventions (principles and methods) for developmentally delayed or disordered language; specific procedures for planning and implementation of therapy. Students will complete a minimum of 5 hours of observation of articulation/phonology therapy in the Communication Disorders Clinic. Prerequisites: CSDO 3333; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

4336. Communication Disorders in Adults. 3(3-1) Adult disordered communicative processes. Signs and symptoms, etiology, clinical course and vocational-social impact of these disorders. Principles of assessment and intervention. Students will complete a minimum of 5 hours of observation of articulation/phonology therapy in the Communication Disorders Clinic. Prerequisites: CSDO 2325, CSDO 3305 and CSDO 3321; GPA 2.75 overall, 3.0 GPA in CSDO courses.

4390. Clinical Methodologies. (3-1.5) Designed to acquaint the student with clinical methods in speech-language pathology before beginning clinical practice. Topics include target behaviors, treatment methods and controlling and maintaining target behaviors. Prerequisites: CSDO 2325, CSDO 3305, CSDO 4321 and CSDO 4329; GPA 2.75 overall and GPA 3.0 for CSDO courses required. 

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