Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Helping people overcome speech and hearing disorders is a calling, offering those called to the profession years of fulfilling service that makes a difference in the lives of others. We prepare highly qualified speech language pathologists through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to foster lifelong learning. We will help you reach your personal career goals, while helping you develop high moral and ethical competency so that you will be of service to others in your community and throughout the world.

In this field, a graduate degree is essential. Our entire undergraduate program is designed to give you the educational foundation and practical experience you need in preparation for the world’s leading graduate school programs.

Why Samford?+

There are a number of reasons to consider studying communication sciences and disorders. Rigorous academics, a committed, passionate faculty, and extensive hands-on clinical experiences. Here, you’ll also find:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Excellent internship opportunities in major health care facilities in metro Birmingham
  • An assigned departmental academic advisor, in addition to a health professions advisor
  • Medical mission trip opportunities that fulfill internship requirements
  • A curriculum that is updated as needed to reflect the ever-evolving trends and practices in the health care industry

Admission Requirements+

Freshman applicants – must be accepted for admission to Samford University. Students must have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT. High school graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, have completed four units of English, two units of math, and two units of lab sciences with a grade of C (2.0) or better

Transfer students with less than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in total at other institutions must also meet the requirements of entering freshmen.

Transfer students with 24 credits or more must meet one of the following admission requirements:

Either have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all coursework and a 21 ACT OR a score of 1000 SAT within the last 5 years OR a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted.

Program Specific Requirements:  

Progression policy - In order to progress in the undergraduate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the student must:

• Have a completed Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) updated annually and on file in the CSDS department

• Submit negative results on drug screen and background check

• Have a signed HIPAA statement on file

• Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on all coursework.  

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or

Life in the Program+

“Although I am unsure of whether I want to work with children or adults or what setting I'll end up in (a school system, hospital, rehabilitation center or private practice), I am grateful to our department's faculty for their willingness to mentor me and my classmates as we continue our studies and grow as speech-language pathologists.” 

- Sarah Grove '16

“Communication is a building block for a good quality of life. I am excited about a career in speech pathology because I have a desire to impact those with diminished communication skills. This challenge provides an excellent career choice that is rewarding and allows me to continue to learn while on the job. Additionally, Speech Pathology provides flexibility and variety of employment and a comfortable work environment.” 

- Murphy McCrary '16

Plan of Study+

  Course Credits
University Core Curriculum 22
General Education Requirements 38
Natural and Computational Sciences (2 Courses) 8

BIOL 110: Human Biology
PHYS 100: Physics for Society

Social Science (2 courses) 8

COMS 221: Interpersonal Communication
PSYC 101: General Psychology

Mathematics (select 1 course) 4

MATH 110, 150, 210, 240

Languages (8 hours required; 2 sequential semesters) 8
Fine Arts (select 2 courses) 4


Humanities (1 course required) 4

RELG 200: Christian Ethics  

Physical Activity (choose 2, 1-hour courses) 2
CSDS Major 68

CSDS 110:  Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology  & Audiology
CSDS 211: Clinical Phonetics
CSDS 212: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
CSDS 213: Development of Language in Children  
NURS 232: Statistics for Healthcare Professionals
CSDS 312: Principles of Audiology
CSDS 313: Language Disorders in Children
CSDS 314: Rehabilitation Audiology
CSDS 315: Developing Leadership Potential in Health Professions  
CSDS 318: Basic Speech and Hearing Science
CSDS 319: Speech Sound Disorders in Children
CSDS 412: The Basics of Critical Thinking in the Helping Professions
CSDS 413: Low Incidence Disorders
CSDS 414: Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders
CSDS 415: Communication Disorders in the Medical Setting
CSDS 416: Supervision in Communication Sciences and Disorders
CSDS 417: Roles, Responsibilities, and Trends in the Special-Education Setting
CSDS 418: Senior Seminar

Total Required Credits 128  
Minor/Concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders  
Foundational Courses in the General Education Curriculum  

Biological Science
Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)
Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)

15 credit hours

Required Courses in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders  

CSDS 211 – Clinical Phonetics (4)
CSDS 212 – Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (4)
CSDS 213 – Development of Language in Children (4)
CSDS 312 – Principles of Audiology (3)
CSDS 314 – Rehabilitation Audiology (3)
CSDS 414 – Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders (4)

22 credit hours

CSDS encouraged electives available to students  

CSDS 313 – Language Disorders in Children 
CSDS 316 – Basic Speech and Hearing Science 


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Margaret L. Johnson
Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders