Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: CSDCA_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.


Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 30
Requirements for the Major 54-55

9-10 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GS courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses.

To satisfy graduation requirements, students must have completed 6 credits from courses offered in the college and outside the department in which the major is offered.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. CSD requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State campuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CSD 146Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 230Introduction to Audiology3
CSD 269Deaf Culture Keystone/General Education Course3
CSD 300Developmental Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders3
CSD 311Clinical Phonetics3
CSD 331Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Hearing3
CSD 341Acoustic Principles in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 433Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 442Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology3
CSD 444Introduction to Organic Disorders of Speech and Language3
CSD 451An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
CSD 459WPrinciples of Clinical Management in Communication Disorders3
CSD 462Clinical Bases of Language Disorders3
Additional Courses
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
or PSYCH 261 Introduction to Psychology of Learning Keystone/General Education Course
HDFS 129Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
or PSYCH 212 Introduction to Developmental Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics in Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Adult Development and Aging Keystone/General Education Course
Family Development
The Helping Relationship
Family Relationships
Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment and Social Relationships

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Russell Kirkscey, Ph.D.
Interim Program Coordinator
777 West Harrisburg Pike
W-355i Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057

University Park

Undergraduate Advising
308 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
PSYCH 100 (GS)†13EDPSY 14 or PSYCH 26113
ENGL 15S, 30T, or ESL 15 (General Education (GWS))‡2,33HDFS 129 or PSYCH 212 (General Education (GS))23
CI 280 or ENGL 228 (General Education (GH))23CI 280 or ENGL 228 (General Education (GH))23
INART 50Z, CHEM 1, CHEM 101, or PHYS 1 (General Education (GN) Physical Science)2,43INART 50Z, CHEM 1, CHEM 101, or PHYS 1 (General Education (GN) Physical Science)2,43
MUSIC 11Z (General Education (GA))2,43MUSIC 11Z, ARTH 307N, or CMLIT 128N (General Education (GA))2,53
CAS 100S (General Education (GWS))‡2,33Elective63
 15-18 15-18
Second Year
EDPSY 101, STAT 200, or PSYCH 200 (GQ)‡†13-4CSD 230*13
CSD 146*13ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (General Education (GWS))‡2,83
ARTH 307N or CMLIT 128N (General Education (GA))2,53HDFS 249N (General Education (IS))†23
CSD 100 (General Education (GHW))23BISC 2 or 4 (General Education (GN) Human Biological Science)23
MATH 21 (General Education (GQ))‡2,73ARTH 307N or CMLIT 128N (General Education (GA, GN) )2,53
 15-16 15
Third Year
CSD 269*13CSD 311*13
CSD 300*13CSD 331*13
Elective63CSD 451*13
 15 15
Fourth Year
CSD 341*13CSD 433*13
CSD 444*13CSD 442*13
CSD 462*13CSD 459W*13
 15 15
Total Credits 120-127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • This information is subject to revision. Please speak to an adviser to confirm requirements and recommendations.
  • All students must complete 45 credits of General Education courses. See Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements for a full description and rationale.
  • Common Course Substitutions (Each may be completed once)
    • Move 3: An extra GN, GA, GH, GS, or GHW can substitute for a course in one of the other areas (e.g., LING 100 [GS] in place of a GH course)
    • Foreign Language: Any language course at the 3 level or higher can substitute for one GN, GS, GH, or GA course (e.g., SPAN 3 in place of a GN course)

Career Paths

Students who complete an advanced degree in speech-language pathology evaluate, diagnose and provide treatment for people of all ages who have communication disabilities and differences. Speech-language pathologists with master’s degrees work in hospital and rehabilitation centers, schools, community clinics, nursing homes, and private practice. Audiology students who complete a clinical doctorate of audiology degree (Au.D.) evaluate, diagnose and treat people of all ages with hearing loss. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists who earn doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees typically teach and conduct research in a university setting.



Professional Resources



777 West Harrisburg Pike
W-355 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057

University Park

308 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802