Communication Sciences and Disorders, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 622-053)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Human Sciences Departments

Specific Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for some human science degrees are published in conjunction with the Catalog description of the major leading to the degree, with specific courses required in several Liberal Education outcomes.

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science from a human sciences department must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.(see University Graduation Requirements)

General Information

Placement Tests. The mathematics/foreign language placement tests are given during the orientation periods for new freshmen and transfers. Further information about the foreign language or the mathematics tests is available from the chair of the appropriate department.

Degree Requirements

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

Human Sciences Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All degree candidates must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 or higher in both the major and the second program if one is required. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the second program are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements.  Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must present one of the following:

  • Comprehensive major (at least 59-60 credits)
  • Standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following:
    • Another standard major (at least 36 credits), or
    • A minor (at least 24 credits), or
    • A certificate (12-18 credits)

No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major or with two majors of 36 credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Major Requirements

Fifty-nine semester credits, including:
CSD 235Undergraduate Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders2
CSD 256Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing4
CSD 257Normal Communication Development3
CSD 262Phonetics: Theory and Application2
CSD 321Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 326Voice and Resonance Disorders3
CSD 331Child Language Disorders4
CSD 352Fluency Disorders3
CSD 353Speech and Hearing Science3
CSD 358Phonological Disorders3
CSD 373Basic Audiology3
CSD 378Introduction to Sign Language3
or CSD 101 American Sign Language I
CSD 440Neurological Aspects of Communication2
CSD 485Serving Diverse Populations2
Non-CSD courses:
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology (Meets LE-K2)3
PSYC 260Educational Psychology (Meets LE-K2)3
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations (Meets LE-R1)3
SW 100Introduction to Social Welfare (Meets LE-R2 and I1)3
Seven credits from the following CSD Electives:7
Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (Meets LE-K2 and R3)
Clinical Procedures in Communication Disorders
Communication Changes and Disorders of the Older Adult
Facilitating Communication in Preschool Children
Instructional Internship in Communication Disorders
Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Aphasia and Related Disorders
Clinical Practicum in Communication Disorders I (Meets LE-I1 and S3)
Independent Study - Seniors
Total Credits59

For students pursuing this degree, the Liberal Education program will include:

K1 (Natural Sciences)
At least one Biology course from the following:
General Biology
Biology of Humans
Foundations of Biology I
AND at least one Chemistry or Physics course from the following:
Chemistry: Issues and Answers
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Chemical Principles
Chemistry and Climate
Physical Science
Physics of Renewable Energy
General Physics
University Physics I
Science of Musical Sound
K2 (Social Sciences)
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
K3 (Humanities)
At least one literature course and another learning experience
K4 (Fine Arts)
One fine arts course
S1 (Written and Oral Communication)
At least one writing course from the following:
Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students
AND at least one oral communication course from the following:
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech
Fundamentals of Human Communication
S2 (Mathematics)
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4
S3 (Creativity)
CSD 470Clinical Practicum in Communication Disorders I (or another learning experience)2
(CSD 470 is an elective course in the major)
R1 (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity)
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
AND another learning experience
R2 (Global Perspectives)
SW 100Introduction to Social Welfare (Also meets IL requirement)3
R3 (Civic and Environmental Issues)
At least one of the following:
Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chemistry: Issues and Answers
Chemistry and Climate
OR another learning experience
I1 (Integration)
One of the following:
Clinical Practicum in Communication Disorders I (Elective in major)
OR another learning experience

NOTE: Course in Western History or Western Contemporary Culture and course in Non-Western History or Non-Western Contemporary Culture are required.

NOTE: A master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is required for Early Childhood through Adolescence licensure in speech and language pathology prior to employment in Wisconsin schools.

NOTE: Enrollment in upper division courses, with the exception of CSD 301, CSD 302, CSD 311, CSD 353, CSD 378, CSD 410, CSD 411, CSD 415, CSD 419, CSD 495, and CSD 499, is restricted to students who have been admitted to the major.

Scholastic Requirements: A minimum total GPA of 2.50 and a minimum resident GPA of 2.50 are required to take 300- and 400-level major courses, with the exception of CSD 353, Speech and Hearing Science. A minimum CSD GPA of 3.50 and total GPA of 3.0 are required to enroll in CSD 370 and CSD 470.

Students must complete all courses in the CSD major, one statistics course, one human/animal biology course, one physics or chemistry course, and one social/behavioral science course with a grade of C or above by the time of graduation. 

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Policy. No degree credit may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option in any course presented for completion of a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders unless Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is the only grading option available for a course.