Required Basic Science Coursework

Communication Sciences & Disorders Graduate Program

ASHA standards for certification in Speech-Language Pathology require demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences (Standard IV-A). ASHA specifies that these courses must be taken from an accredited College or University.

Please see the table below of acceptable basic science courses for the CSD Graduate Program at Baylor.

Course Areas & Acceptable Courses Exceptions

Biological Sciences

  • Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Human Genetics

Courses specifically related to CSD may not be applied for certification purposes to this category.

Physical Sciences

  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Courses specifically related to CSD may not be applied for certification purposes to this category.


  • Statistics
  • Statistical Data Analysis

Research methodology courses in CSD may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs)

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology

Courses must be listed under Social or Behavioral Sciences by university.

Course Review

The Graduate Program Director will review your basic sciences coursework at your Graduate Program Plan Advisement prior to your first semester of graduate coursework, to determine fulfillment of the ASHA requirements:

  • Courses must be taken at an accredited college or university and official transcript documentation of each course is required.
  • All courses must be a minimum of 3 credits and a passing grade must have been obtained.
  • Course descriptions, syllabi, and other materials may be required to demonstrate that a given course fulfills the requirement, which is determined by the Graduate Program Director.

Deadline for Fulfillment

Students must have completed all basic science requirements before their second semester of graduate coursework begins. Students who fail to complete the basic science requirements by this deadline will be placed on a remediation plan.