Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders
What is Communication Sciences and Disorders?
A major in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides undergraduate students with expertise in a uniquely human endeavor — the use of complex systems of communication (language) across the life span. Some careers are available with a bachelor's degree, though many students continue on to earn an advanced degree with the clinical certification necessary to become scientist-practitioners in communication sciences and disorders.
What does the future look like for graduates?
Individuals with a B.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders usually consider a career as a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist. Most positions in these professions require a master's degree and clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). A bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides the foundation for this graduate work. The Vermont Department of Education governs licensure requirements for the state of Vermont.
Fully qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in public schools, medical centers, home health centers, clinics, birth to three programs, and private practice. Employment as a speech-language pathology assistant is possible in many settings without a master's degree. Many students, even those firmly committed to eventually doing graduate work, take interim jobs upon graduation as speech-language pathology assistants.
Learn more about career opportunities.
Students are introduced to the discipline through a series of courses focused on the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing. Topics include the physical, neurophysiological, cognitive, and linguistic bases of speaking, hearing, and language use, the acoustics of sound and of speech, and the development of language in children. Students also learn how communication is effected throughout the lifespan.
- Curriculum by Catalogue Year
- 2013-14 curriculum (PDF)
- 2012-13 curriculum (PDF)
- 2011-12 curriculum (PDF)
Students complete guided speech-language pathology and audiology observations in the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language and Hearing, a clinic housed in Pomeroy Hall. Read about Clinical opportunities.
The CSD faculty often include undergraduates in their research programs. Learn more about research by faculty in the CSD Department. In addition, the UVM Office of Undergraduate Research offers opportunities to get involved in research across the university, including the McNair Scholars Summer Internship.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences
Current students already enrolled in the B.A. degree program through the UVM College of Arts and Sciences may finish their course of study. All new students enroll in the B.S. program. Click here for academic requirements for the B.A. in Communication Sciences.
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