Communicative Disorders

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communicative Disorders (CD) is designed to provide undergraduate students with a clinical science foundation that is rigorous and appropriate preparation for a wide range of clinical, educational, and related fields such as nursing, kinesiology, physical therapy, dietetics, orientation & mobility, counseling, and teaching in primary, secondary, and special education. The CD undergraduate degree also prepares students to acquire the prerequisites necessary to apply for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. 
When should I first meet with my major department? We welcome and encourage all students to meet with a major advisor as soon as they can and to attend group advising at least once a semester. Every semester we hold a department-wide orientation meeting before classes begin. If you have declared CD as your major, you should get notified of the orientation dates and times. If classes start in less than a week and you haven't gotten a notice about orientation, contact the department office at 415-338-1001 or to find out when and where orientation will be held.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

We do not assign students to specific advisors. All SLHS advisors can advise all students. This makes it easier for students to make appointments to meet with an advisor. Contact the department office at 415-338-1001 or to book an appointment with any SLHS advisor.

Where can I find information about major advising?
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?
There are several prerequisite courses that you must complete BEFORE taking SLHS courses, including the following:
  • A course in biological sciences
  • A course in physics or chemistry
  • A course in statistics
  • A course in social/behavioral science  
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Meet with an advisor as early as possible to plan an alternate academic roadmap.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

If you are considering declaring Communicative Disorders as your major, please first read the "Undergraduate Guide to the Communicative Disorders Major"

( You can also get involved in the SFSU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
SLHS 300 Human Communicative Disorders 3
SLHS 651 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism 3
SLHS 652 Audiology 3
SLHS 655 Dynamics of Communication Development 3
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Yes, please see



Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Please make an appointment with a major advisor at 415-338-1001 or 
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? N/A

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
First Semester Units
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2  3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3    3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
  Units 15
Second Semester
Select One: 4   3
MATH 124
Elementary Statistics
ISED 160
Data Analysis in Education
PSY 171
Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology
Major Prerequisite: A Course in Human or Animal Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, Human Genetics, or Veterinary Science. 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or Written English Communication (A2) Stretch II
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Yes, if they are accepted by the university towards lower division requirements.



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