Undergraduate Experience

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Undergraduates in SLHS classroom
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Many options for a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major

You can chat with one of our College of Science Ambassadors, Caleb Peterson and Alyssa Torres, to learn more.

Our undergraduate program is designed to provide foundational information to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to evaluate scientific information, and to facilitate the development of writing skills.

For students wishing to pursue clinical or research careers in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology, the undergraduate degree provides the prerequisite coursework required for graduate study. A master’s degree is required for practice as a speech-language pathologist and a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree is the entry-level degree for clinical practice in audiology. An undergraduate major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences also provides a strong background for the pursuit of other careers, including teaching and health-related areas.

Are you interested in minoring in speech, language, and hearing sciences? Find out more here.

SLHS has a tradition of sending students to ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP).

Get involved and join the local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the local chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology!

Undergraduate Requirements

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.

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Admission to the University of Arizona can be accomplished by completion of an online application through the Office of Admissions.  Students interested in a major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences apply to the College of Science and complete a declaration of major form. Email Andrea Palacio for more information.

Undergraduate and Transfer Student Advising

Our undergraduate academic advisor, Andrea Palacio, is located in Room 224 in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences building.
Appointments can be made at Trellis.

100% Engagement

SLHS offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage in meaningful learing experiences outside of the classroom, including directed research (SLHS 392/492), independent study (SLHS 399/499), preceptoring an undergraduate course (SLHS 391/491), and participating as a clinical assistant (SLHS 458/459). You can learn about the campus-wide engagement initiative, and College of Science opportunities.

Clinical Assistant Program (CAP)

The Clinical Assistant Program is a capstone engagement opportunity for upper class undergraduates to assist in the clinic setting. Students selected for this program serve as a clinical assistant with a supervised graduate student. Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA in the major and follow all clinic guidelines, including HIPAA training.

Read more on how to share concerns or complaints about the program or compliance with standards and regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Clinical observation hours are only needed if applying to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology or to an SLPA program. You will not be able to participate in a clinic practicum as part of one of those programs until you complete 25 observation hours.

If a student does not plan to apply for graduate school or an SLPA program, then observation hours are not needed. For all undergraduate SLHS requirements, please refer to your Academic Advisement Report on UAccess or contact your undergraduate academic advisor.

Graduate programs can accept 25 clinical observation hours. The observation needs to be documented by a certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist. You will need to have the clinician write a memo or sign the UA observation form and include their ASHA number for hours to be accepted. You can complete observation hours in the SLHS clinic or through an off-campus contact. Only current University of Arizona students will be permitted to participate in clinical observation hours on campus. For instructions to complete HIPPA training and sign up for hours online, please click here.

No. Working in research labs, preceptoring a course or participating in directed research are not requirements to graduate with your bachelor degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Credit you receive for this kind of participation, however, can count toward your total units needed. These opportunities enhance your relationship with faculty and provide different experiences within the field. Please refer to your Academic Advisement Report on UAccess for a list of graduation requirements or contact your major academic advisor.

View the research labs in the department.  Check out the lab websites that are listed there for more information. Students will find contact information as well as applications needed to apply for a position in a specific lab on the lab website. Contact the lab director for information on opportunities within the lab, these change every semester. Keep in mind, for every one unit of independent study credit you register for, 3 hours of work per week (or 45 hours for the semester) are required.

Degree requirements may differ depending on what semester a student starts taking classes at the University of Arizona. Whatever requirements are listed when a student begins will not change the entire duration of their undergraduate career. If you have questions about your degree requirements, please contact your undergraduate academic adviser or refer to your academic advisement report on UAccess for a complete list of degree requirements.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Science is part of the College of Science and we believe it is important for students to have a solid foundation in science. The major requires a course in biology (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology), a physical science course (chemistry or physics), and a social science course. These expectations are also consistent with the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Current UA SLHS students click here for additional resources.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination -- in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the workplace.  The University of Arizona Office of Institutional Equity provides education and support for these efforts.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and retaliation.