Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

For students interested in: speech-language pathology & audiology 

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) prepares you for professions that help people who have difficulty communicating, swallowing and hearing.

The study of communication disorders involves understanding the development of speech, language, swallowing and hearing, as well as learning how to diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in adults and children.

The UC CSD bachelor's degree emphasizes a variety of options to acquaint students with careers in which they assist individuals with communication disorders after obtaining a graduate degree. The curriculum prepares you for evidence-based practice in future graduate coursework and clinical practicum in either speech-language pathology or audiology. At the undergraduate level, you do not specialize in either speech-language pathology or audiology, however, flexibility in the program usually allows you to pursue any specific interests within the field including research.


A bachelor of science in communication disorders is a pre-professional degree that prepares students for graduate work in either audiology or speech-language pathology. Students are prepared for a variety of other graduate programs as well, including social service, special education and health care or health care administration. A master's degree is necessary for professional certification and licensure as a speech-language pathologist, and a doctoral degree is required to be certified as an audiologist. Graduates find careers in hospitals, nursing homes, speech and hearing clinics, schools, educational programs for children with disabilities, the armed services, private practices, universities, and governmental health agencies.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Communication Sciences & Disorders majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Admissions Information for....

High School Students

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies to students who have yet to attend a college or university). 

Transfer Students

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are consdiered transfer students.

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student. 

Transition Students

Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change their program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) are considered transition students.

Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities. 

The undergraduate curriculum in communication sciences and disorders is designed to provide you with pre-professional information and experiences about the basic nature of human communication and disorders of speech, language, hearing and swallowing across the lifespan. You will complete coursework in the areas of anatomy and neurophysiology, linguistic and acoustic aspects of communication, speech, language, hearing development and disorders, and an overview of the clinical process.

Other coursework would include the areas of biology, physical sciences, social sciences, math/statistics and linguistic bases of communication through completion of general education and inter-professional education and emphasize integrated core learning.

You will choose an emphasis in one of the following areas: business, education, foreign language, health careers, or research and science. A senior capstone project focusing on clinical service or research is required.

Review the program outline to access curriculum(s) and more.

Dual - Admissions Program

We offer a dual-admissions program for high school seniors to gain early acceptance to the UC graduate MA in CSD/Speech-Language Pathology program or the AuD Audiology program. Learn more


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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Allied Health Sciences

3202 Eden Avenue P.O. Box 670379 | Cincinnati, OH 45267

Phone: 513-558-8502 | Fax: 513-558-8500