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Speech-Language Pathology, B.S.

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Program of Study

The Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) provides students with a broad education, covering content related to speech, language, communication, and cognitive and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. It will build important foundational skills in professional oral and written communication, evidence-based practice, and cultural sensitivity. As the coursework has both breadth and depth in related fields, the Bachelor’s degree can lead to careers in fields including communication, counseling, general education, health, human development, rehabilitation, social service, and special education.

The program provides foundational coursework necessary for application to graduate programs that lead to a career in speech-language pathology. Students who earn this Bachelor of Science in SLP will be eligible to apply to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.*

*The coursework associated with the major will satisfy most other speech-language pathology/communicative sciences and disorders master’s programs’ admissions requirements, but this may differ from program to program, and applicants are encouraged to contact specific programs for additional information. Application to the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program at CSUSM does not guarantee admission.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication, hearing, and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, development, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  2. Incorporate concepts of communication, hearing, and swallowing functions to communicate information regarding development, differences, and/or disorders, in oral and written form.
  3. Apply evidence-based research to support decision-making.
  4. Describe the importance of ethical conduct and professional attitudes when communicating and collaborating with professionals across health and human service disciplines.

Admission and Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology has the same general undergraduate admission and graduation requirements and/or transfer policies/requirements described in the California State University San Marcos catalog. Students must, however, complete the 15 units of lower-division preparatory coursework prior to the start of the major.

Degree Requirements

The courses are sequenced as a cohort model such that accepted students go through the same courses at the same time. Students must complete 15 units of lower-division preparatory coursework prior to beginning the major. The lower-division preparatory coursework can be satisfied at any college/university that offers this content.

Lower-Division General Education (48 Units)

General Education Requirements  

Preparation for the Major (18 Units)

Upper-Division General Education (9 Units)

BB: Upper-Division Mathematics or Science

CC: Upper-Division Arts or Humanities

DD: Upper-Division Social Sciences

The program will offer coursework to meet the UDGE requirements.  


All courses taken for the major, including preparation for the major, must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

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