Curriculum

Students should follow the plan below for course choices.

The undergraduate program exposes students to information about (a) normal aspects of speech, language, and hearing as they relate to human communication, and (b) introductory concepts pertaining to the nature, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders. Students complement the core major courses with various elective courses that align with their academic and career interests.

Upon successful completion of the major, students receive the Bachelor of Health Science degree. The majority of undergraduate students pursue graduate or professional training in a health field (e.g., speech language pathology, audiology or other graduate degree program); however, some students seek employment immediately after completing the BHS degree program, usually in organizations with either a health or education component.

Certified clinicians (graduate degree required) often on a team that may include psychologists, teachers, families, physical and occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, dietitians and social workers to screen, diagnose and treat individuals ranging from infants to the elderly. Professionals typically work in schools, clinics, hospitals, other health organizations and/or private practice. Communication sciences and disorders professions offer a high degree of satisfaction to their practitioners by making a significant impact on people’s lives. Both speech-language pathology and audiology are growing professions with competitive salaries.

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Course Requirements and Sequence

By the end of semester four, students must have completed all college requirements:

  • 60 credits
  • All general education except diversity
  • 18,000 words of the writing requirement
  • These courses (or their equivalents) with minimum grades of C:
    • BSC 2005 or higher
    • Additional biological science (3 credits); APK 2105C is recommended
    • Physical science (3 credits); must be physics or chemistry
    • Science lab (1 credit)
  • PSB 3002 or DEP 3053 or CLP 3144; PSB 3002 is recommended strongly
  • COM 1000 or SPC 2300 or SPC 2608
  • PSY 2012
  • STA 2023

By the end of semester five, all students must also have completed:

  • EEX 3093 with a minimum grade of C (satisfies general education diversity)
  • SPA 3003

By the end of the senior year, students must have completed:

  • 120 credits, including all prerequisites
  • 30 credits of core SPA coursework with minimum grades of C
  • ENC 3254 with minimum grade of C; satisfies 6000 words of writing requirement
  • PHC 4101 with minimum grade of C
  • 12 credits at the 3000/4000 level
  • 9 credits of PHHP electives

Majors should see a department advisor to create a plan of study, which becomes the contract for graduation.

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Critical Tracking

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • Complete BSC 2005 or higher or PSY 2012 with minimum grade of C
  • Complete 9 credits of general education courses
  • 0 GPA on all college-level coursework from all institutions

Semester 2

  • Complete COM 1000 (or SPC 2300 or SPC 2608) with minimum grade of C
  • Complete BSC 2005 or higher or PSY 2012 with minimum grade of C
  • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 18 credits
  • 3 GPA on all college-level coursework from all institutions

Semester 3

  • Complete STA 2023 with minimum grade of C
  • Complete 1 additional tracking psychology course (PSB 3002, DEP 3053 or CLP 3144) or 3 credits of physical science (CHM 2045 or PHY 2004 recommended) with minimum grade of C
  • SPA 3003 recommended this semester if available, with minimum grade of C
  • Complete science lab with minimum grade of C or S
  • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 27 credits
  • 7 GPA on all college-level coursework from all institutions

Semester 4

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • Complete all general education courses (GE) except diversity (GE-D)
  • Complete the 18,000 words of the writing requirement
  • 7 critical-tracking GPA based on all attempts
  • 7 GPA on all college-level coursework from all institutions

Semester 5

  • Complete EEX 3093 and SPA 3003 with minimum grades of C
  • 7 prerequisite and overall GPA on college-level coursework from all institutions

 

If you have any questions about your eligibility for our program, please call (352) 294-8476 or email Taylor Price (price@phhp.ufl.edu), and review our Frequently Asked Questions .

 

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders 
Plan of Study for Students in the On-Campus Program
Course number & Title Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
SPA 3003: Phonetics 3
SPA 3011: Speech Acoustics 3
SPA 3032: Fundamentals of Hearing 3
SPA 3101: Speech Anatomy & Physiology 3
EEX 3093: Exceptional People 3
SPA 4104: Neuro Bases of Communication 3
SPA 4004: Language Development 3
SPA 4302: Audiometry & Hearing Disorders (prereq SPA3032) 3
ENC 3254: Writing in the Major* 3
SPA 4321: Audiologic Rehabilitation (prereqs SPA4302) 3
SPA 4250 Intro Speech Disorders (prereqs SPA3003 & SPA3101) 3
SPA 4400: Intro to Language Disorders (prereqs SPA4004 & SPA4104) 3
SPA 4050: Clinical Observation 3
PHC 4101: Intro to Public Health 3
College Approved Elective 3 3 3
General Elective 3 3 6
Total Credits = 60 15 15 6 12 15