Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 General Catalog 
2021-2022 General Catalog

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (Online 2nd BS Degree)

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Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

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  • For more information about Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, see the department website. For more information about this program please visit the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (Online 2nd BS Degree) website.
  • Following is a sample three-semester plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an advisor. Current students should also meet with an advisor and log on to Degree Works to check student-specific program progress.
  • Degree-seeking students take a minimum of 12 COMD courses: 11 required courses and at least one 3-credit Options course
  • Degree-seeking students must also meet Breadth American Institutions (BAI) requirement
  • COMD required courses should be taken in the sequence listed
  • All required courses are typically taught online every semester
  • Option online courses vary by semester of availability
  • Students may take more option courses based on their educational interests and career plans
  • Students cannot take prerequisites concurrently with courses that require them
  • All required and option COMD courses must be taken for a letter grade (not Pass/D+, D, F)
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all COMD courses and prerequisites
  • COMDDE students are allowed a total of three COMD course repeats.
  • COMDDE students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 each semester in order to register for the next semester
  • Students may waive up to six credits of USU COMD upper division course requirements equivalent to transfer courses approved as lower division COMD Electives. This limit excludes ASL courses. This policy does not affect courses approved as specific USU COMD course transfers.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements:

First Year

Semester One


General Education Info and Notes:


Semester Two


General Education Info and Notes:

COMD 2600: Introduction to Communication Disorders   3    COMD 3400: Hearing Science  


COMD 3100: Speech Science   3    COMD 3600: Language Science (CI)   3   
COMD 3200: Child Language Development   3    COMD 4450: Child Communication Disorders   3   
COMD 3500: Phonetics and Phonological Development   3    COMD 4500: Adult Communication Disorders   3   

Second Year

Semester Three


General Education Info and Notes:


Additional Semester if needed


General Education Info and Notes:

COMD 3700: Basic Audiology   3         
COMD 4200: Clinical Methods (CI)   3         
COMD 5330: Aural Rehabilitation 


COMD Options Course 3        

Online Second Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, BS

Nationally there is a critical need for master-level or doctoral-level professionals in the field of communicative disorders. Many individuals already holding bachelor’s degrees in another field who would like to pursue these professions are lacking the required undergraduate prerequisites needed in order to be considered for admission into graduate programs. There are also employment opportunities as bachelor-degree speech-language assistants. The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University has developed an online second bachelor’s degree program to help fulfill these needs. 

In order to be accepted into this program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian university in another discipline. 

A 3.0 overall GPA within the first bachelor’s degree is strongly recommended. However, students having a GPA below 3.0 will still be considered for admission.

The USU second bachelor’s degree program consists of 12 COMD online courses. The entire program may be completed during three semesters but can be completed over a longer period if desired. All courses in the second bachelor’s program are taken online.  Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to continue in the program.  Students who fall below the 3.0 GPA at the end of any semester will be placed on probation and allowed to take only three repeats or additional COMD courses to get their GPA back to 3.0 or higher.  COMDDE students are allowed a TOTAL of three COMD course repeats.  A minimum grade of C in all COMD courses is required to graduate in the COMD major, but C grades should be rare so a minimum GPA of 3.0 can be maintained.

With permission, students may replace up to 2 COMDDE requirements with approved equivalents of undergraduate communicative disorders courses to USU. These courses must have been completed as part of a CAA-ASHA accredited program. In order to use these courses to replace equivalent courses within USU’s program, students should contact their advisor.

American Institutions Course

Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree who did not satisfy an American Institutions requirement in the first bachelor’s degree must satisfy any deficiency in this requirement before receiving the second bachelor’s degree. This course is typically part of the general education courses completed in a bachelor’s degree.

Additional Related Courses (not included in this program)

The following non-COMD courses are strongly recommended and may be required for certain graduate schools. Most graduate schools require a statistics course as a requirement for admission to graduate school. If students have not already completed a statistics course, they should do so. If students have not completed courses of this type as a part of another university degree, they should discuss this in more detail with their advisor. Some of these non-COMD courses may not be available online at USU or taught every semester.

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