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Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
PSYC 101PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202Psychology 201 and 202
PSYC 160PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232Psychology 250
CSD 420, 421ASL 101, 102No equivalentSign language is not a major requirement, but it is helpful in the field, especially for students interested in audiology.
MATH 220MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242Mathematics 217
BIO 103-ISCI 104BIO 101, 105, 106 or 145 or ENV 195 (see notes) or 295 (see notes) or NAS 161 and 162Biology 101, 101L

ENV 194 only transfers from Rappahannock and Reynolds Community College.

ENV 295 only transfers from Rappahannock Community College.

ISCI 101, 101-104 or CHEM 131-131LCHM 100, 101, 110 or CHM 111Chemistry 101Transfer credit for ISCI 001 is only given to incoming transfer students.
CSD majors should take either a chemistry or a physics course.
ISCI 101-104, PHYS 140-140L or PHYS 240-140LPHY 100, 101, 121, 201, 231 or 241Physics 101 or 201CSD majors should take either a chemistry or a physics course.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. In addition to major requirements, a biological sciences and a physics and/or chemistry course is required. Students may meet this requirement by completing a general biology and either a physics or chemistry course at the community college. See equivalents above.
2. Because of the sequencing of CSD major courses, students are advised to transfer early (i.e. after one or one and a half years at the community college). This allows students to begin introductory courses in their sophomore year and gives them the time necessary to build a stronger foundation in the discipline. Because a graduate degree is required to be able to practice in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, a solid preparation at the undergraduate level is important.
3. Students pursuing a BA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students