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
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.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

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 five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 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 experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
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.

Admission Requirements

Formal admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program must be made. A student must be admitted to UW-Eau Claire as a pre-CSD student before applying to the CSD program. Admissions will take place three times each year.  Applications, using the e-form, are due by February 15, June 15, and September 15 each year. In order to be considered for admission, students must have the following:

  1. Been accepted as a pre-CSD student in the university in good standing.
  2. Completed WRIT 114WRIT 116WRIT 118 or WRIT 120, and PSYC 100.
  3. Completed one 3-5 credit Biology, Chemistry or Physics course from the following options: BIOL 105BIOL 151BIOL 214 or BIOL 221IDIS 125CHEM 100CHEM 103CHEM 105 (if taking for LE K1, CHEM 106 required in addition to CHEM 105), CHEM 115, or CHEM 127 or PHYS 100PHYS 205PHYS 211 or PHYS 308.
  4. Completed CSD 235.
  5. Completed one (1) of the following pairs of courses: CSD 256 AND CSD 262 or CSD 257 AND CSD 353.
  6. Earned a grade of C or above in all courses listed above.
  7. Earned a combined GPA of at least 3.0 across 3 of the 5 CSD courses listed above, plus one 3-5 credit science course listed above.
  8. Submitted the application form, along with a recent degree audit by the deadline.

The CSD department uses a holistic admissions process. This means that grades earned in all course work will be used to make admissions decisions. In addition to grades, the admissions committee will use information gathered through class participation in the CSD courses to support demonstration of acceptable speaking and writing skills and appropriate dispositional skills essential for success in this major. A faculty committee will make admissions decisions and notify all applicants before fall or spring registration begins.

The department may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the upper division CSD courses.  Depending on the number of applicants, it is likely that the GPA required to be competitive for admission may be well above the 3.0 minimum GPA. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee a student will be admitted to the major. Resources allow admission of approximately 60 students each year.

Major Requirements

Liberal Arts (Code 622-053)

Fifty-nine semester credits, including:40
CSD 235Undergraduate Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 256Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing4
CSD 257Normal Communication Development3
CSD 262Phonetics: Theory and Application3
CSD 321Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 326Voice and Resonance Disorders3
CSD 331Child Language Disorders4
CSD 353Speech and Hearing Science3
CSD 358Articulation and Phonological Disorders3
CSD 373Basic Audiology3
CSD 378Introduction to Sign Language3
or CSD 101 American Sign Language I
CSD 440Neurological Aspects of Communication & Cognition3
CSD 485Serving Diverse Populations2
Non-CSD courses:12
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
Independent Study - Juniors
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)
Directed Studies
Independent Study - Seniors

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
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience
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
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
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: 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 (from required CSD courses; only one sign language course can be included in the CSD GPA. Therefore, the first sign language or ASL course that a CSD major completes will be counted in the major GPA. Any additional sign language or ASL courses after will not be counted in the CSD major GPA, but will still be counted toward the University GPA) 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.

NOTE: A master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is required for K-12 licensure in speech and language pathology prior to employment in Wisconsin schools.