Course Pathway to Degree

The Bachelor's 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 our major. 

Here are some questions that other undergraduates in our program have recently asked.

Here are all of the courses we offer at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Core Courses for Major

Here are the general education requirements you need to complete for the BS:

  • Math: MATH 113 (Elements or Calculus) and MATH 108 (Trigonometry & Adv Algebraic functions)--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).

Here are the SLHS classes you need to take:

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

Sophomore year: Fall semester
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (SLHS 261) [required]
Scientific Thinking (SLHS 270) [elective]

Sophomore year: Spring semester
Acoustics for Speech and Hearing Sciences (SLHS 267) [required]

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

Junior year: Spring semester
Phonetics for Speech-Language Pathology (SLHS 367) [required]
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]

Student Handbook (The Cactus Book) and Advising Checklists by Catalog Year
Our student handbook provides a comprehensive review of the Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. 


Core Courses in the Minor

To minor in SLHS you need a total of 18 units with the SLHS prefix. Of those 18 units, 12 must be from classroom-style courses.  The remaining 6 can be independent study, directed research, and/or the clinical assistant program. University policy requires 9 units to be upper division to meet the requirements of a minor. See "Course Options for SLHS Minor" for available courses as well as those recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.


  • At least 12 units of the SLHS Minor must be taken at the University of Arizona.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the SLHS Minor.
  • Some courses may have prerequisites. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the SLHS advisor and plan ahead to facilitate completing the course sequences in a timely manner.

For students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology:

  • Completing a Minor in SLHS does NOT guarantee that all prerequisites for graduate school have been met. Although SLHS Minor students are strongly encouraged to take courses that will satisfy prerequisites for graduate school, there may be situations in which this is not possible (for example, see point 6 below).
  • Consult the Recommended Coursework for Graduate Study in Speech-Language Pathology ( and/or the Recommended Coursework for Graduate Study in Audiology ( to formulate an optimal plan with the SLHS advisor.
  • Students who are pursuing a Major in SLHS receive priority over SLHS Minor students in class registration. This means that in some cases, SLHS Minor students may not be able to take a course (including required or prerequisite courses) because of limited enrollment capacity.

Undergraduate and Transfer Student Advising

Appointments are available with our academic advisor, Alex Hernandez, at Trellis.

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

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.