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Academic Program Guide

Communication Science and Disorders

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree offers general education in human communication and its disorders. Students learn about anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; sound and its perception; the development of language and communication systems; the components of the English sound system; the neurological bases of speech, language and hearing; and strategies used in the management and evaluation of speech, language and hearing impairments.

The Communication Science & Disorders Major is a 'Specialized Admission' major. Meeting the minimum requirements for application does not guarantee admission. Successful applicants often have much higher GPA's. Acceptance occurs once a year in the spring semester to begin the following summer or fall semester.

A list of recommended courses to satisfy the General Education requirements is available from the Academic Advisor in Communication Disorders. Students are recommended to include MAC 1105 College Algebra and STA 2122 Applied Statistics in their pre-major coursework. For complete information regarding admission requirements and the application, see

Mapping Coordinator: Omar Ellison

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Core Mathematics (MAC1105 College Algebra)3
GE Core Social Science (PSY2012 General Psychology)3
GE Core Natural Science with Lab (Biology)4
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA ≥ 2.8
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics (STA 1013 Statistics through Example, 2023 Business Statistics or 2122 Applied Statistics)3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Natural Science (Physical) 3
1st Language course (graded)4
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA ≥ 2.9
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
GE History3
Certificate Course/Elective3
GE Ethics3
2nd Language course (graded)4
Oral Communication Competency3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA ≥ 3.0
See Academic Advisor in Communication
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
GE Social Science3
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Certificate Course/Elective3
Digital Literacy course3
3rd Language course (graded)4
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete General Education, statewide Core and minimum 52 hours
Overall GPA ≥ 3.0
Apply online by 1st business day in Feb, no later than 5pm, to the School of Communication Science and Disorders.
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
SPA4930 Undergraduate Seminar in Clinical Observation1
SPA2001 Communication Science and Disorders3
SPA4004 Normal Communication Development4
SPA4101C Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism4
Certificate Course/Elective(s)3
Required Milestones: Term 5
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
SPA4112 Clinical Phonetics4
SPA4011C Accoustics for Speech and Hearing4
SPA4302 Introduction to Clinical Audiology3
SPA4302L Introduction to Clinical Audiology Laboratory1
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete Scholarship In Practice Course
Complete Pre-Graduation Checks
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
SPA4104 Neurological Bases of Communication3
SPA4255 Developmental Communication Disorders3
SPA4321 Aural Rehabilitation I3
Certificate Course/Elective(s)7
Required Milestones: Term 7
(no milestones)
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
SPA4056 Clinical Methods3
SPA4257 Acquired Communication Disorders3
SPA4800 Research Evaluation3
Certificate Course/Elective(s)6
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for graduation 1st two weeks of semester

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major:( B.S or B.A for SLP assistants or AuD assistants, AuD for audiologists, and M.S or M.A Degree for Speech-language pathologists) Audiologist, Audiology Assistant, Consultant (speech, language, and/or hearing disorders), Speech Language Pathologist (speech therapist), Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Researcher, Speech Therapy Product Developer.

Representative Employers: Hospitals, Community Health Centers, Public Schools, Private Practice, Business and Industry (limited), Universities, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

View Communication Science and Disorders Program Guide