The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program offers a Bachelor of Science degree, which provides the pre-professional foundation for graduate study. The student who plans to become a professional speech-language pathologist or audiologist will receive preparation in human communication sciences and disorders as well as a broad educational experience in the liberal arts and sciences.


Students must achieve the following:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 121 credits;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the required courses in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, and those required outside the program;
  3. Satisfactory completion of the University General Education Requirements;
  4. A cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in all credits earned at UWM. Students should note that admission to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology is highly competitive. To be competitive with other Graduate School applicants, it is recommended that students maintain a GPA greater than 3.5; and
  5. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.
University General Education Requirements
Competency Requirements
Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A & B
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A & B
Foreign Language
Distribution Requirements
Natural Sciences 1
Social Sciences 1
Cultural Diversity 1
General Electives
Select 0-2 credits0-2
Major Requirements
COMSDIS 210Survey of Communication Disorders3
COMSDIS 220Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms4
COMSDIS 230Introduction to Phonetics4
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development3
COMSDIS 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective3
COMSDIS 250Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences3
COMSDIS 350Clinical Process I: Articulation and Phonology Disorders3
COMSDIS 351Clinical Process II: Child Language Disorders3
COMSDIS 380Bases of Hearing Science3
COMSDIS 450Bases of Fluency and Voice Disorders3
COMSDIS 460Survey of Adult Neurogenic Language and Speech Disorders3
COMSDIS 470Introduction to Audiology3
COMSDIS 480Speech Science3
COMSDIS 490Audiologic (Re)Habilitation3
COMSDIS 520Counseling in Communication Disorders3
Extra-Departmental Requirements
ANTHRO 102Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society3
or SOCIOL 101 Introduction to Sociology
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHPS 100New Student Seminar in Health Professions1
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
EXCEDUC 600Survey of Exceptional Education3
or EXCEDUC 300 The Exceptional Individual
HS 102Healthcare Delivery in the United States3
HS 222Language of Medicine3
HCA 203Human Life Cycle3
LINGUIS 350Introduction to Linguistics3
or LINGUIS 400 Introduction to English Linguistics
PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYCH 260Child Psychology3
PHYSICS 120General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)4-5
or CHEM 101 Chemical Science
ENGLISH 205Business Writing3
or ENGLISH 207 Health Science Writing
Select one of the following:3-4
Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice
Psychological Statistics
Educational Statistical Methods I
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Foundations of Education
Sociology and Policy of Urban Communities and Schools
Urban Education: Foundations
The Civil Rights Movement in Northern Cities
Select one of the following:2-3
Teaching of Reading (ExcEduc sec)
Balanced Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School
Literacy 2: Assessing and Teaching Literacy through Early Adolescence
The Role of the Speech-language Pathologist in Literacy
Select one of the following:3
North American Indian History Since 1887
Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past

Satisfied through required courses in the program.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Credits
CHPS 100 New Student Seminar in Health Professions 1
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
COMSDIS 210 Survey of Communication Disorders 3
HS 222 Language of Medicine 3
Electives 1 3
Semester 2
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
or Introduction to Sociology
Electives 1 4
Year 2
Semester 1
Business Writing
or Health Science Writing
COMSDIS 230 Introduction to Phonetics 2 4
COMSDIS 250 Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences 3
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
or Chemical Science
HS 102 Healthcare Delivery in the United States 3
Semester 2
COMSDIS 220 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms 2 4
COMSDIS 240 Normal Speech and Language Development 2 3
COMSDIS 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 3
PSYCH 260 Child Psychology 3
ED POL 375 Cultural Foundations of Education 3 3
Year 3
Semester 1
COMSDIS 350 Clinical Process I: Articulation and Phonology Disorders 3
COMSDIS 380 Bases of Hearing Science 3
Introduction to Linguistics
or Introduction to English Linguistics
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice 3
Electives 1 3
Semester 2
COMSDIS 351 Clinical Process II: Child Language Disorders 3
COMSDIS 450 Bases of Fluency and Voice Disorders 3
HCA 203 Human Life Cycle 3
ED PSY 330 Introduction to Learning and Development 3 3
HIST 263
North American Indian History Since 1887 3
or Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past
Year 4
Semester 1
COMSDIS 460 Survey of Adult Neurogenic Language and Speech Disorders 3
COMSDIS 470 Introduction to Audiology 3
COMSDIS 480 Speech Science 3
Electives 1 9
Semester 2
COMSDIS 490 Audiologic (Re)Habilitation 3
COMSDIS 520 Counseling in Communication Disorders 3
Literacy 2: Assessing and Teaching Literacy through Early Adolescence
or Balanced Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School
Survey of Exceptional Education 3
or The Exceptional Individual
 Total Credits121-122

Electives should be used to meet general education requirements.


COMSDIS 220, COMSDIS 230, and COMSDIS 240 must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 for admission to the major.


These courses meet a subset of the requirements for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for School Certification in Speech-Language Pathology.

Admission to the Major

To be accepted as a communication sciences and disorders major you must have:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in at least the first 58 credits taken;
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better in COMSDIS 220, COMSDIS 230, and COMSDIS 240;
  3. Completion of Oral and Written Communication - Part A competency;
  4. Completion of Quantitative Literacy - Part A competency;
  5. Completion of an application form for admission to the major; 
  6. Endorsement by the faculty of the student's written application.

Students will receive written notice of the admission decision. A meeting with your advisor to discuss the program of study is required immediately following admission to the major.

Appeal Procedures

Students who are refused admission to the major may appeal the decision by writing to the department chairperson and enumerating the reasons they believe their case is exceptional and merits additional consideration. If possible, the appeal should be accompanied by written support from one or more of the faculty, and should include documentation of any extenuating circumstances cited in support of the appeal. A committee composed of the entire faculty of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program will consider individual student appeals for admission to the major. Students are notified in writing of the faculty's decision concerning the appeal.


Individuals who have an educational background in Communication Sciences and Disorders have a variety of employment and career opportunities available to them upon completion of the Bachelor's Degree. For those interested in working with children and adults with disabilities, positions may be found in schools, agencies, health-care facilities, and government. The Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate major also provides a good preparation for graduate and certification training in human service-related fields.

Examples of Jobs for Undergraduate Majors

  • Care Coordinator for high-risk children and families
  • Case Manager for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Job Coach
  • Activity Assistant 
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Rehabilitation Technician (assists rehabilitation professionals in healthcare settings)
  • Classroom Aide
  • Special Ed Educational Assistant
  • Autism Line Therapist
  • In-home Behavioral Support Specialist
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Childcare Teacher (certification required)
  • Peer Recovery Specialist (certification required)

Jobs Requiring Additional Education (graduate degree or post-baccalaureate certification)

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Social Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Manager, Day Services Program
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Manager, Autism Therapy Agency

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major are granted to students who earn a GPA of 3.500 or above on a minimum of 30 completed credits at UWM.

College of Health Professions and Sciences Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.500 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.