Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (B.S.C.D.) Major in Communication Disorders

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (B.S.C.D.) degree with a major in Communication Disorders requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  For more information visit:
  2. Students start out as Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, pre-communication disorders concentration majors. Once the student is accepted into the Junior/Senior sequence, the major becomes Communication Disorders (CDIS)
  3. Admission to the CDIS junior/senior-level courses is competitive and selective. Enrollment is limited by student/faculty ratios in both academic and clinical components of the program.
  4. Students must be in overall good standing to apply.
  5. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission.
  6. The application for admission is submitted to the department by May 15th. Admission decisions are made after the end of Summer I. All students will be notified by letter of the CDIS. Undergraduate Admission Committee’s decisions. Student selection is made on academic performance and not on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, or national origin.

  7. A minimum grade of C in support and major classes listed as part of the freshman/sophomore years in the degree plan below. These classes must be completed by the end of the Summer 1 session in the same calendar year in which the student wishes to begin the junior/senior sequence.
CDIS 1331Introduction to Communication Disorders3
HP 3302Biostatistics3
PSY 3300Lifespan Development3
HIM 2360Medical Terminology3
BIO 2430Human Physiology and Anatomy4

  9. Students are ranked by their GPA in the following five required classes and admittance in the junior/senior year is based on this ranking. Preference for admission is given to students who have not repeated any of the five courses. These classes must be completed by the end of the Summer 1 session in the same calendar year in which the student wishes to begin the junior/senior sequence. The following courses must be taken in the 50 hours to be considered for admission:​

PHYS 1310Elementary Physics I3
CDIS 1331Introduction to Communication Disorders3
BIO 2430Human Physiology and Anatomy4
HP 3302Biostatistics3
PSY 3300Lifespan Development3

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Any student who did not complete at least two years of the same foreign language in high school is required to take 6-8 hours of the same foreign language.
  5. Students must have attained a major GPA of 2.75 to graduate.
  6. The junior/senior-level CDIS course sequence begins during the fall semester only.  CDIS courses must be taken in the sequence identified in the degree plan.
  7. After admission into the Junior/Senior sequence, failure to enroll in all of the recommended CDIS courses for that semester as identified by an advisor in conjunction with the Degree Plan will delay graduation at least a year.
  8.  If a student has not earned the minimum major GPA requirement of 2.75 for graduation and has not earned “C” or higher in all CDIS courses, the student will be allowed to re-take CDIS courses only until the student achieves the GPA of 2.75. CDIS students are NOT permitted to re-take CDIS courses if they have earned C’s or higher in the courses. If a grade below “C” in a junior- or senior-level CDIS courses is earned, the student will not be allowed to continue as a Communication Disorders student and must change majors to something other than CDIS. This change will be done in conjunction with the student’s CDIS academic advisor and the College of Health Professions’ Advising Center.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
CDIS 13313Select one of the following (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030):4
American History Component Code 0603
BIO 1330
BIO 1130 (TCCN BIOL 1306 & 1106)
Select one of the following (Mathematics Component Code 020):3
BIO 1331
BIO 1131 (TCCN BIOL 1307 & 1107)
MATH 1315 (TCCN MATH 1314)
 American History Component Code 0603
MATH 1319 (TCCN MATH 1324)
 PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 & 2306])3
MATH 1329 (TCCN MATH 1325)
 COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
MATH 2417 (TCCN MATH 2412)
MATH 2471 (TCCN MATH 2413)
PSY 1300 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 [TCCN PSYC 2301])3 
US 110011 
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Select one of the following (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030):3
HIM 2360 (TCCN HITT 1305)3
PHYS 1310 (TCCN PHYS 1305)
BIO 2430 (TCCN BIOL 2404)4
PHYS 1320 (TCCN PHYS 1307)
PSY 33003
PHYS 1315 (TCCN PHYS 1301)
PHYS 1325 (TCCN PHYS 1302)
 POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
 Select one of the following:3
PSY 2301 (TCCN PSYC 2317)
 ENG 33033
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CDIS 33253CDIS 33693
CDIS 33593CDIS 33753
CDIS 33123CDIS 43303
Support Course3Support Course3
CDIS 33773 
 15 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CDIS 34624CDIS 43173
CDIS 43403CDIS 43703
CDIS 44204CDIS 44664
CDIS 43503CDIS 434423
 Support Course3
 14 16
Total Hours: 120

If US 1100 is waived, the student must have a minimum of 120 hours to graduate. See the College Advising Center.


CDIS 4344 is taken either in the first or second semesters of the senior year. The department assigns which semester it is taken. 

Support Courses

ANTH 3302Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 3331FBody Talk: Gestures, Communication, and Society3
CDIS 4371An Introduction to Stuttering and Voice Disorders 3
CDIS 4301Advanced Independent Study3
COUN 3320Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy3
ENG 3319The Development of English3
PSY 3315Psychopathology3
HIM 3301Hospitals and Health Systems3
HIM 33103
PSY 3316Personality Psychology3
PSY 3322Brain and Behavior3
PSY 3341Cognitive Processes3
PSY 3350Cognitive Behavioral Therapies3
SOCI 3383Aging and Society3