College of Health Sciences

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Bernadette Cortez

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building

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In keeping with the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is considered a pre-professional degree program for both speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology.

A degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) from the College of Health Sciences offers many unique and diverse opportunities for those wanting a career in the broad field of healthcare. Speech-language pathologists are clinical specialists who diagnose and treat individuals throughout the life span experiencing speech, voice, language, feeding, or swallowing disorders in settings ranging from educational school environments, to hospital and rehabilitation centers, and to private practice. Similarly, audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of balance, hearing, and other auditory disorders.

I got an opportunity to work on UK’s TAALC grant which works to give people who are nonverbal a way to communicate with others. While working on the grant, I was shocked to learn how many different devices there are that people use to communicate with that can’t speak on their own! I’m honored to be a part of something that works so hard to make life a little easier for others.

Payton Schmidt

Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study


Fall Semester - Junior Year

CSD 277 - Intro. to CSD  (3 cr.)  - May be taken prior to admission

CSD 285 - Applied Phonetics  (3 cr.)  - May be taken prior to admission

CSD 378 - Anatomy & Phys. of Speech  (3 cr.)               

Spring Semester - Junior Year

CSD 402 - Speech Sciences  (3 cr.)

CSD 484 - Intro. to Diagnostics (3 cr.)  

Fall Semester - Senior Year

CSD 491 - Audiology  (3 cr.)

CSD 571 - Neural Bases of Speech  (3 cr.)

CSD 482 - Clinical Management I  (3 cr.)

Spring Semester - Senior Year

CSD 410 - Language Development  (3 cr.)

CSD 483 - Clinical Management II  (3 cr.)

CSD 591 - Aural Rehabilitation  (3 cr.)

CSD 481 - Clinical Experience  (3 cr.)

Any Semester - Junior or Senior Years

EDS 375 - Intro to Ed. of Exp Child.**  (3 cr.) - May be taken prior to admission

EDS 516 - Behavior Management**  (3 cr.)

UK Core Requirements

Communication Sciences and Disorders students can elect to take any eligible UK Core course to complete each of the required categories. Students are strongly encouraged to take PSY 100 for Social Science, BIO 102 or 103 for Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and STA 210 for Statistical Inferential Reasoning since those courses are required as pre-requisites for admission to the major or needed for future professional certification through ASHA.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a student must complete courses that fulfill the UK CORE requirements and all required CSD courses.

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement

Communication Sciences and Disorders students will complete EPE 301 Education in American Culture, CSD 402 Speech Sciences, CSD 481 Clinical Experience, or CSD 591Aural Rehabilitation to satisfy the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement.

Premajor Requirements 

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and completed a minimum of 42 credit hours, including credit for PSY 100 and CSD 277 (or  equivalents), at the time of application. Students not meeting these minimum program standards will not be evaluated.

CSD Admissions


Bernadette Cortez

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building