Apply Now!

To apply to this program, either complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application or download a paper application, fill it out, then return it to:

UW-Milwaukee Admissions Office
P.O. Box 2174
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2174

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Contact Us

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
(414) 229-6237 • tjrufer@uwm.edu
Schedule an appointment with Torry now!

Shelley Lund, PhD, CCC-SLP
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
(414) 229-4945 • sklund@uwm.edu

When the ability to communicate is disrupted, every aspect of daily living is affected. As a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, your evaluation and treatment helps clients and their families to improve communication skills and cope with the difficulties of communication disorders.

In Speech-Language Pathology, you’ll treat conditions, such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, and voice and articulation problems.

In Audiology, you’ll treat hearing loss with hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and be involved in hearing loss prevention and hearing conservation.

In these rewarding fields, you’ll take a comprehensive approach to patient care through your interactions with physicians, psychologists, teachers and other rehabilitation professionals.

Why choose us?

  • US News and World Report ranks the College of Health Sciences Communication Sciences and Disorders Program within the top half of all nationally-ranked programs.
  • The program provides a well-rounded curriculum that prepares you for the increasing demand for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
  • You will get hands-on experience through our active student organization that connects with leaders and professionals in the field through educational and networking opportunities on campus, in the community and the industry.
  • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct pioneering research with professors.

Mission & Goals

Mission & Goals

Mission

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to engage in the generation, dissemination, integration, and application of knowledge specific to evaluation of and intervention for speech, language, and hearing impairments. Members of the department conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the field, and provide high-quality educational programs that (1) prepare undergraduate students with a broad foundation in communication sciences and disorders, (2) prepare graduate students in speech-language pathology for professional practice, and (3) prepare students to continue their professional growth beyond their formal education. The department also provides clinical services to the Milwaukee community for a variety of communication disorders.

Academic Goals

  1. To provide students with an appropriate theoretical and scientific base in communication sciences and disorders.
  2. To provide students with an understanding of individual and cultural variability as they relate to communication development and disorders.
  3. To develop oral and written communication skills that students will need to function effectively as professionals in communication sciences and disorders.
  4. To encourage students to participate in a variety of research and scholarly activities.
  5. To provide students with an understanding of other academic disciplines as they relate to and enhance the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.
  6. To encourage students to view education and professional growth as ongoing processes.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Communication Sciences & Disorders” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Communication Sciences & Disorders-Intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

If you are transferring to UWM from another post-secondary institution, you are subject to the program requirements at the time of admission to UWM.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Department of Admissions and Recruitment. Students who meet the UWM standard admission requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “Communication Sciences & Disorders-intended.”

General Education Requirements for CHS

General Education Requirements for CHS
The following courses are required if you wish to receive your associate or bachelor’s degree.

UW-Colleges
Associate Degree
GER DesignationUW-Milwaukee Bachelor Degree
3-6Humanities6
3-6Fine Arts/Arts3
11Natural Science/
Laboratory Science/
Math Science
6
9Social Science6
3Application and PerformanceN/A
N/AForeign Language**
3*Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity3
3*Interdisciplinary StudiesN/A

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

** For an explanation of the Foreign Language graduation requirement, refer to the General Education Requirement Policy.

Some courses required for the Communication Sciences & Disorders major also meet General Education Requirements. Contact a College of Health Sciences advisor for additional information.

Health Care Track

Health Care Track
Transfer from UW Colleges
Transfer from UW Colleges
Admission into the COMDIS Major

UW-COLLEGESUWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
ENG 102*English Composition II English 102
MAT 110*College AlgebraMATH 105

Courses Required for Admission NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum

UWM Course NameUWM Course Title
COMSDIS 220Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Language & Hearing Mechanisms
COMSDIS 230Introduction to Phonetics
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development

Suggested Courses in the UWC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

UW-COLLEGESUWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
PHS 202* &
PHS 203*
Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
OR
ZOO 234* &
PHS 235*
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
ANT 100General AnthropologyANTHRO 102
CTA 101Introduction to Intrapersonal
Communication
COMMUN 101
MAT 117Elementary StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
PHY 107Foundations of PhysicsPHYSICS 107
PSY 250 Life Span Development PSYCH 250***
PSY 360Child Psychology PSYCH 260
EDU 230 Educational PsychologyED PSYCH 330
BUS 230 Intro Management Info Systems BUS ADM 230*

*Will serve as a substitute for HS 224 in the COMSDIS curriculum

**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the COMSDIS curriculum

***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the COMSDIS curriculum

Other Requirements for Admission into the Major
  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in at least the first 58 credits taken
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better in Communication Sciences and Disorders courses 220, 230, and 240, earned the first time
  3. Completion of Oral and Written Communication – Part A competency
  4. Completion of Quantitative Literacy – Part A competency
  5. Completion of an application form for admission to the major.
  6. Endorsement by the faculty of the student’s written application.
Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations will help you plan your work.

Semester I

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Total Credits: 12-13
ENG 102English Composition IIEnglish 102
PHS 202 OR
ZOO 234**
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy
BIO SCI 202
BIO SCI 202/BIO SCI 203
PSY 202Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
MAT 110College AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Total Credits: 13-16
PHS 203 OR
PHS 235**
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 203
BIO SCI 202/BIO SCI 203
CTA 101Introduction to Intrapersonal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
ANT 100General AnthropologyANTHRO 102
Elective*GERGER ELECTIVE*

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

**The combination of PHS 235 and ZOO 234 at any UW College is equivalent to the combination of Bio Sci 202 (GE:NS+)(4 credits) and BIO SCI 203 (GE:NS+)(4 credits) at UW-Milwaukee.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Admission into the COMDIS Major

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
ENG 202*English 2ENGLISH 102
MATH 200*Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105

Courses Required for Admission NOT in the MATC Curriculum

UW-MILWAUKEECourse Title
COMSDIS 220Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Language & Hearing Mechanisms
COMSDIS 230Introduction to Phonetics
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development

Suggested Courses in the MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

MATCMATC Course TitleUW Milwaukee
NATSCI 201Anatomy and Physiology IBIO SCI 202
NATSCI 202Anatomy and Physiology IIBIO SCI 203
SOCSCI 206Intro to Cultural AnthropologyANTHRO 102
ENG 198 OR SPEECH 203Intrapersonal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
NATSCI 169 OR 262Energy in Nature, Technology & SocietyPHYSICS 107
SOCSCI 134, 188, 237 OR 238Human Growth & Development, Developmental Psych, Child Psych, or Life-Span PsychPSYCH 260
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
Intro to Info Tech ManagementBUS ADM 230*

*Will serve as a substitute for HS 224 in the COMSDIS curriculum

**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the COMSDIS curriculum

***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the COMSDIS curriculum

Other Requirements for Admission into the Major
  1. Completion of 58 credits
  2. A minimum 2.500 undergraduate cumulative grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM
  3. A minimum 2.750 grade point average in COMSDIS 220, 230, and 240 ON FIRST ATTEMPT, non-repeatable
  4. Completion of an application form for admission to the major
Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
Total Credits: 13
ENG 202English Composition IIENGLISH 102
NATSCI 201Anatomy and Physiology IBIO SCI 202
SOCSCI 231General PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Total Credits: 13-16
NATSCI 202Anatomy and Physiology IIBIO SCI 203
ENG 198 OR SPEECH 203Introduction to Intrapersonal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
SOCSCI 206General AnthropologyANTHRO 102
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
Intro Management Info SystemsBUS ADM 230*
Elective*GERGER ELECTIVE*

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

School Track

School Track
Transfer from UW Colleges
Transfer from UW Colleges
Admission into the COMDIS Major

UW-COLLEGESUWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
ENG 102*English Composition II English 102
MAT 110*College AlgebraMATH 105

Courses Required for Admission NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum

UWM Course NameUWM Course Title
COMSDIS 220Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Language & Hearing Mechanisms
COMSDIS 230Introduction to Phonetics
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development

Suggested Courses in UWC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

UW-COLLEGESUWC Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
PHS 202* &
PHS 203*
Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
OR
ZOO 234* &
PHS 235*
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 202 &
BIO SCI 203
ANT 100General AnthropologyANTHRO 102
CTA 101Introduction to Intrapersomal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
MAT 117Elementart StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
PHY 107Foundations of PhysicsPHYSICS 107
EDU 230Educational PsychologyED PSYCH 330
PSY 360Child PsychologyPSYCH 260
BUS 230Intro Management Info SystemsBUS ADM 230*

*Will serve as a substitute for HS 224 in the COMSDIS curriculum

**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the COMSDIS curriculum

Other Requirements for Admission into the Major
  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in at least the first 58 credits taken
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better in Communication Sciences and Disorders courses 220, 230, and 240, earned the first time
  3. Completion of Oral and Written Communication – Part A competency
  4. Completion of Quantitative Literacy – Part A competency
  5. Completion of an application form for admission to the major
  6. Endorsement by the faculty of the student’s written application.
Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations will help you plan your work.

Semester I

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Total Credits: 12-13
ENG 102English Composition IIEnglish 102
PHS 202 OR
ZOO 234**
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy
BIO SCI 202
BIO SCI 202/BIO SCI 203
PSY 202Introductory PsychologyPSYCH 101
MAT 110College AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

UW-COLLEGESUW-C Course TitleUW-MILWAUKEE
Total Credits: 13-16
PHS 203 OR
PHS 235**
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Physiology
BIO SCI 203
BIO SCI 202/BIO SCI 203
CTA 101Introduction to Intrapersonal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
ANT 100General AnthropologyANTHRO 102
Elective*GERGER ELECTIVE*

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

**The combination of PHS 235 and ZOO 234 at any UW College is equivalent to the combination of Bio Sci 202 (GE:NS+)(4 credits) and BIO SCI 203 (GE:NS+)(4 credits) at UW-Milwaukee.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Admission into the COMDIS Major

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
ENG 202*English 2ENGLISH 102
MATH 200*Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105

Courses Required for Admission NOT in the MATC Curriculum

UW-MILWAUKEECourse Title
COMSDIS 220Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Language & Hearing Mechanisms
COMSDIS 230Introduction to Phonetics
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development

Suggested Courses in the MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

MATCMATC Course TitleUW Milwaukee
NATSCI 201Anatomy and Physiology IBIO SCI 202
NATSCI 202Anatomy and Physiology IIBIO SCI 203
SOCSCI 206Intro to Cultural AnthropologyANTHRO 102
ENG 198 OR SPEECH 203Intrapersonal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
MATH 260Basic StatisticsMTHSTAT 215**
NATSCI 169 OR 262Energy in Nature, Technology & SocietyPHYSICS 107
SOCSCI 134, 188, 237 OR 238Human Growth & Development, Developmental Psych, Child Psych, or Life-Span PsychPSYCH 260
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
Intro to Info Tech ManagementBUS ADM 230*

*Will serve as a substitute for HS 224 in the COMSDIS curriculum

**Will serve as a substitute for KIN 270 in the COMSDIS curriculum

***Will serve as a substitute for HCA 203 in the COMSDIS curriculum

Other Requirements for Admission into the Major
  1. Completion of 58 credits
  2. A minimum 2.500 undergraduate cumulative grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM
  3. A minimum 2.750 grade point average in COMSDIS 220, 230, and 240 ON FIRST ATTEMPT, non-repeatable
  4. Completion of an application form for admission to the major
Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from UW-Milwaukee, the following recommendations will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-Milwaukee
Total Credits: 13
ENG 202English Composition IIENGLISH 102
NATSCI 201Anatomy and Physiology IBIO SCI 202
SOCSCI 231General PsychologyPSYCH 101
MATH 200Intermediate AlgebraMATH 105
Semester II

MATCMATC Course TitleUW-MILWUAKEE
Nat Sci 202Anatomy and Physiology IIBIO SCI 203
Eng 186 or Speech 203Intrapersonal CommunicationCOMMUN 101
Soc Sci 206General AnthropologyANTHRO 102
Elective*GERGER ELECTIVE*

* You may take a 3 credit course in Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science that will satisfy the Ethnic Studies/Cultural Diversity and/or the Interdisciplinary Studies requirement.

Contact

Contact
Aggie Northrup, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
witowski@uwm.edu
Schedule an advising appointment now!

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu
Schedule an appointment with Torry now!

For admissions related questions contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
(414) 229-2222
contact.uwm.edu

For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the Registrar’s Office:
(414) 229-3800
contactro.uwm.edu

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Bachelor of Science degree which provides the pre-professional foundation for graduate study. The student who plans to become a professional speech-language pathologist or audiologist will receive preparation in human communication sciences and disorders as well as a broad educational experience in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program offers 3 study options:

  1. Health Care Track
    For professional practice in a medical facility
  2. School Track
    For employment in a school setting and meets certification requirements of the State’s Department of Public Instruction
  3. Combination Track-Health Care and School Tracks

A career as a speech-language pathologist requires a master’s degree. The Department offers a graduate program that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Speech-Language Pathology. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also has approved the undergraduate/graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A career as an audiologist requires a doctoral degree (AuD or Doctor of Audiology). In Wisconsin, an AuD consortial program is offered by UW-Madison and UW-Stevens Point.

To be accepted as a communication sciences and disorders major you must have:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in at least the first 58 credits taken
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better in Communication Sciences and Disorders courses 220, 230, and 240, earned the first time
  3. Completion of Oral and Written Communication – Part A competency
  4. Completion of Quantitative Literacy – Part A competency
  5. Completion of an application form for admission to the major
  6. Endorsement by the faculty of the student’s written application

Students will receive written notice of the admission decision. A meeting with your advisor to discuss the program of study is required immediately following admission to the major.

Applications are available from:

College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B
Room 6425
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Appeal Procedures

  • Students who are refused admission to the major may appeal the decision by writing to the department chairperson and enumerating the reasons they believe their case is exceptional and merits additional consideration.
  • If possible, the appeal should be accompanied by written support from one or more of the faculty, and should include documentation of any extenuating circumstances cited in support of the appeal.
  • A committee composed of the entire faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will consider individual student appeals for admission to the major.
  • Students are notified in writing of the faculty’s decision concerning the appeal.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

You are also encouraged to meet with a Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty member to discuss the requirements and challenges of a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Seniors should meet with their advisor to review their final year of study and discuss opportunities for graduate study.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Aggie Northrup, MS
(414) 229-2758 • witowski@uwm.edu
Schedule an advising appointment now!

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

Health Care Track

Health Care Track

Freshman 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:13
BIO SCI 202Anatomy & Physiology I 4
COMDIS 210Survey of Communicative Disorders3
HS 222 Language of Medicine3
*Electives 3

Freshman 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:16
COMMUN 101Intro to Interpersonal Communication3
PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology3
BIOSCI 203Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ANTHRO 102 IIntro to Anthro:Culture and Society (or Soc 101) 3
*Electives 3

Sophomore 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:16
LINGUIS 350 Introduction to Linguistics 3
COMSDIS 230 Introduction to Phonetics**4
HCA 203Human Life Cycle 3
PHYS 107 Physics for Everyday Life 3
HS 102Health Care Delivery in the United States3

Sophomore 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:13
COMSDIS 220Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms**4
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development**3
COMSDIS 245Client Diversity in Health Science 3
PSYCH 260Child Psychology3

Junior 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:17
COMSDIS 350Clinical Process I: Articulation * Phonology Dis3
HS 224Microcomputers for Health Care Professionals3
HS 250Allied Health Information Methods (or Eng 205)2
Health Track#Health Track Elective3
*Electives6

Junior 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:15
COMSDIS 351Clinical Process II: Child Language Dis3
COMSDIS 380Bases of Hearing Science3
COMSDIS 450Bases of Fluency and Voice Disorders3
Health Track#Health Track Elective—see list below3
*Electives3

Senior 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:15
COMSDIS 460Survey of Adult Neurogenic Language and Speech Disorders3
COMSDIS 470Introduction to Audiology3
COMSDIS 480 Speech Science3
*Electives (COMSDIS 688: Evaluation and Diagnosis in SLP is highly recommended; will count toward 2 elective credits)6

Senior 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:15
COMSDIS 490Aural Rehabilitation3
COMSDIS 520Counseling in Communication Sciences & Disorders3
PSYCH 254 Physiological Psychology3
EXCEDUC 600 Survey of Exceptional Education (or EXCEDUC 300) 3
KIN 270 Statistics for the Health Professions 3

NOTE: 120 credits are required for the CSD major. Courses that are italicized have generally been taught only once per year, during the semester listed. Students can apply their electives to complete both tracks.

*Electives should be used to meet general education requirements.

**Courses may not be repeated and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

School Track

School Track

Freshman 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:13
BIOSCI 202Anatomy & Physiology I4
COMSDIS 210Survey of Communicative Disorders3
HS (HCA) 222Language of Medicine3
*Electives3

Freshman 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:16
COMMUN 101 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology3
BIOSCI 203 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ANTHRO 102Intro to Anthro:Culture and Society (or Soc 101)3
*Electives3

Sophomore 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:16
LINGUIS 350Introduction to Linguistics3
COMSDIS 230Introduction to Phonetics**4
ED POL 375Cultural Foundations of Education3
PHYS 107Physics for Everyday Life3
HS 102 Health Care Delivery in the US3

Sophomore 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:13
PSYCH 260Child Psychology3
COMSDIS 220 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Language and Hearing Mechanisms**4
COMSDIS 240Normal Speech and Language Development ** 3
COMSDIS 245 Client Diversity in Health Science3

Junior 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:17
COMSDIS 350Clinical ProcessI: Articulation & Phonology Dis 3
ED PSYCH 330 Introduction to Learning and Development3
HS 250 Allied Health Information Methods (or Eng 205)2
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions3
*Electives6

Junior 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:15
COMSDIS 351Clinical Processes II: Child Language Dis 3
COMSDIS 380Basis of Hearing Science3
COMSDIS 450 Bases of Fluency and Voice Disorders 3
HS 224 Microcomputers for Health Care Professionals 3
*Electives3

Senior 1st Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:15
COMSDIS 460Survey of Adult Neurogenic Language and Speech Disorders 3
COMSDIS 470Introduction to Audiology 3
COMSDIS 480Speech Science3
*Electives6

Senior 2nd Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits:15
COMSDIS 490 Aural Rehabilitation3
COMSDIS 520Counseling in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
EXCEDUC 600 Survey of Exceptional Education (or EXCEDUC 300) 3
COMSDIS 661 The Role of the SLP in Literacy (or CURRINS 343) 2
*Electives4

NOTE: 120 credits are required for the CSD major. Courses that are italicized have generally been taught only once per year, during the semester listed. Students can apply their electives to complete both tracks.

*Electives should be used to meet general education requirements.

**Courses may not be repeated and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Get Involved

Get Involved

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

NSSLHA is the organization for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. Students may join the UWM campus chapter and/or the national organization which is affiliated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Members of the national organization receive several journals and a reduction in dues the year they initially join ASHA. The campus chapter provides opportunities to network with other students, socialize, provide service through fundraising events and learn more about the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Contact

Susan Yorio, Faculty Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 229-3122
syorio@uwm.edu
Caitlin Croegaert, Faculty Advisor
Clinical Assistant Professor
(414) 229-2644
croegae2@uwm.edu

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Graduation

Graduation

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders, you must:

  1. Complete the required 120 credits
  2. Have a cumulative UWM GPA of 2.5
  3. Complete all of the University General Education Requirements
  4. Students planning to continue their education at the graduate level should note that the UWM Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires a 3.0 overall GPA for admission with full graduate standing. Admission to graduate programs is competitive. A 3.0 GPA does not guarantee admission.

Proficiency Requirements

There are no proficiency requirements at the undergraduate level.

Certification Requirements for Professional Practice

Because a Master’s Degree is required for professional practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, students are certified at the graduate level.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for speech-language pathologists was $71,550 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,940, and the top 10 percent more than $111,000.

The median annual wage for audiologists was $73,060 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,580, and the top 10 percent earned more than $110,960.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Speech-Language Pathologists.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Audiologists.

Additional Sources of Salary Information:
ASHA’s 2011 SLP Health Care Survey reported a mean annual salary of $73,415 (n=682) for speech-language pathologists employed in medical and nursing-related facilities. For more information, examine the ASHA 2011 SLP Health Care Survey – Summary Report.

ASHA’s 2010 Schools Survey Workforce and Work Conditions summary reported a median 9-10 month salary of $58,000, and a median 11-12 month salary of $65,000 for speech-language pathologists employed in school-based settings. For more information, examine the: ASHA 2010 Schools Survey- SLP Annual Salaries and Hourly Wages Report.

Expected Growth

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 3,800 new jobs over the 10-year period.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff