Undergraduate Requirements

The undergraduate program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is intended to produce graduates who are scientifically knowledgeable, professionally literate, and who understand the impact of science on human function and human interactions. The undergraduate curriculum provides basic knowledge in communication sciences and disorders and fully prepares students who choose to pursue graduate study in the clinical areas of Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology, or those who choose a research career in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences or related disciplines.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 120 units that includes the general education requirements for the College of Science, and at least 33 units of coursework in the major.

  • SLHS coursework provides foundational knowledge in human communication and communication disorders, as well as an introduction to clinical practice in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Students also have the opportunity to take elective courses that enhance their knowledge and provide learning opportunities outside the classroom.
  • The SLHS Department participates in the Honors program in that students may enter into an "Honors contract" in any course and receive honors credit by pursuing a pre-arranged course of study.

The following coursework is required to complete a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Below is a recommended plan of study. Undergraduates and transfer students, please make an appointment to talk to your advisor to develop an individualized plan of study.

Freshman year: Fall semester
Survey of  Human Communication and Its Disorders (SLHS 207) [elective]

Sophomore year: Fall semester
Acoustics for Speech and Hearing Sciences (SLHS 267) [required]
Scientific Thinking (SLHS 270) [elective]

Sophomore year: Spring semester
Speech Science (SLHS 367) [required]
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (SLHS 261) [required]

Junior year: Fall semester
Language Science (SLHS 340) [required]
Neurobiology of Communication (SLHS 362) [required]

Junior year: Spring semester
Hearing Science (SLHS 380) [required]

Senior year: Fall Semester
Communication Disorders I (SLHS 477) [required]
Principles of Audiology (SLHS 483R/L) [required]
Speech Sound Disorders (SLHS 471) [elective]

Senior year: Spring Semester
Communication Disorders II (SLHS 473) [required]
Language Acquisition (SLHS 441) required]

In addition, students are also required to take courses in the following areas:

  • Math: MATH 113 (Elements or Calculus) and MATH 111 (Trigonometry)--or more advanced courses
  • Statistics (possible courses: MATH 163/263, PSYC 230, SOC 200, SOC 274)
  • Biological science (possible courses: MCB 181R/L, PSIO 201, ECOL 182R/L)
  • Physical science (possible courses: CHEM 101A & 101B & 102, or CHEM 151, or PHYSICS 102 &181)
  • Social science (possible courses: PSY 101, SOC 101, etc).

(Please note that the 2016-2017 UA Course Catalog list of requirements for this major is not up to date)

To plan your undergraduate coursework (NOTE: You must follow the checklist for your catalog year):

2016-2017 SLHS Undergraduate Student Handbook (The Cactus Book)

A list of frequently asked questions and answers (including common misconceptions) can be found here.

The ability to write well is an integral skill in this department. Please utilize the Writing Skills Improvement Program, a free service for all UA students, if you are having any difficulty in this area.

Undergraduate Academic Advising and Transfer Student Advising:

Appointments are available by contacting our academic advisor, Lindsay Morrell, at lmorrell@email.arizona.edu, to set up an appointment.

Students can also learn more about the profession by talking with individual faculty members. Call (520) 621-1644 to make an appointment.