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Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Why Choose an Online Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree?

It is the time to voice, act, and capitalize on your potential. Be the voice that helps those affected by communications disorders.

College
Public Health and Health Professions
Degree Type
Bachelor of Health Science
Diploma Title
Bachelor of Health Science
Transcript Title
Bachelor of Health Science Major Communication Sciences and Disorders

Students earning a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders study the human communication processes related to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Students in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at UF will study normal communication across the lifespan, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, and get an overview of disorders related to speech, language, hearing, balance, and swallowing, as well as the clinical treatments associated with these disorders.

The UF Online Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders serves primarily as the stepping-stone to graduate studies in audiology, speech-language pathology and doctoral-level education in research in these areas. This BHS provides the foundation necessary for students planning to pursue clinical graduate education and find a rewarding career in speech-language pathology or audiology. While the majority of students pursue graduate or professional training in a health field (e.g., speech language pathology, audiology, or other doctoral degree programs), our BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders graduates are also prepared to use their training to work in a variety of settings immediately after earning their BHS degree. Our online bachelors program equips students with the foundational skills necessary for understanding speech, language and hearing processes.

For those interested in a rewarding profession in the healthcare industry, the UF Online Bachelor of Health Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is the place to start. A bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is instrumental and highly valuable to enter graduate and PhD programs in speech and hearing sciences. Students who wish to pursue the opportunity to work with patients who suffer from disorders, such as hearing loss, stuttering, aphasia, childhood apraxia and dyslexia, and lead careers in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or schools are encouraged to plan for graduate and professional training beyond the BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students planning to enter graduate education to be speech-language pathologists or audiologists will be able to work with individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly, who present with difficulties in communication, balance, and swallowing.

Students interested in graduate school in Communication Sciences and Disorders should visit the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences’ master’s program to learn more.

Note on the application process:

  • Freshman Applicants: This program is currently in the process of fully transitioning to UF Online. UF Online is only accepting freshman applications at this time. During their first two years, students must complete all general education requirements and prerequisites prior to submitting a secondary application to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the spring of their sophomore year. Once students are accepted to the major, they begin major coursework in the fall of their junior year.
  • Transfer Applicants: UF Online is only accepting freshman applicants for this major currently. If you have completed (or are in the process of completing an Associate of Arts degree) and are interested in this major, please contact the College of Public Health and Health Professions at (352) 392-2114 or visit their admissions page here. Transfer students will need to apply using the UF standard transfer application and should contact the college directly for program specific questions and deadlines. Department applications are accepted in the spring for the following fall semester.
  • This program is not designed for individuals who want to earn a second bachelor’s degree. Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another major, but are in need of the prerequisites to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology, may apply to the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences’ online Post-Baccalaureate Program).

* Application deadlines only apply to Freshmen applications.

CAREER TRACKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

What professions will a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare me for?

While the majority of students pursue graduate or professional training in a health field after earning their BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders, some students seek employment immediately after earning their BHS in opportunities such as:

  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Rehabilitation Aid (in a hospital or nursing home)
  • Therapeutic Support Staff
  • Speech-Language Educator

Please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or Career One Stop for additional suggestions on further career pathways and opportunities.




WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE TRANSFER APPLICANTS?

Competitive upper division applicants (students with 60 or more college credits earned) are required to have:

  • An associate's degree or 60 or more college credits (including all general education and major prerequisites) prior to applying to the program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (typical GPA for students who are admitted to the major is 3.50 or above)
  • Completion of the following required prerequisite courses:
    • General Psychology (PSY 2012)
    • An additional psychology course (DEP 3053, PSB 3002 or EXP 3604 are recommended)
    • A general biology course (BSC 2005, BSC 2007, BSC 2009 or BSC 2010)
    • An additional biology course (Human Physiology with Lab APK 2105C, strongly recommended)
    • Statistics (STA 2023)
    • A communications course (COM 1000, SPC 2300 or SPC 2608, or equivalent)
    • A physical science course: If you plan to seek clinical certification for eventual employment in speech-language pathology or audiology, it is necessary that the physical science requirement is met by taking a course in either Chemistry or Physics)

Note:

  • Freshman Applicants: This program is currently in the process of fully transitioning to UF Online. UF Online is only accepting freshman applications at this time. During their first two years, students must complete all general education requirements and prerequisites prior to submitting a secondary application to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the spring of their sophomore year. Once students are accepted to the major, they begin major coursework in the fall of their junior year.
  • Transfer Applicants: UF Online is only accepting freshman applicants for this major currently. If you have completed (or are in the process of completing an Associate of Arts degree) and are interested in this major, please contact the College of Public Health and Health Professions at (352) 392-2114 or visit their admissions page here. Transfer students will need to apply using the UF standard transfer application and should contact the college directly for program specific questions and deadlines. Department applications are accepted in the spring for the following fall semester.
  • Details about this program's application deadlines can be found here.

WHY CHOOSE UF ONLINE?

At the University of Florida, our passion goes beyond our walls — and so do our opportunities.

With such a wide range of people affected by communication disorders, our online Bachelor of Health Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers students the foundation for graduate studies and the rewarding opportunity to help others. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach our highly regarded programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Many UF Online faculty are involved in research and have years of clinical experience. The UF Online program has your convenience in mind, for a fraction of the cost of comparable degree programs.

Designed for students whose commitments make traditional campus attendance impractical, our online program stands at the forefront, providing flexible academic options with the same elite faculty and rigor that makes us a leading university and top research institution. We connect people with opportunities, remove barriers and set the standard for online higher education. UF Online graduates earn the same elite degree they would receive on campus, and they will be at the top of the list for the best employers in the country.