Undergraduate Requirements

Our student handbook provides a comprehensive review of the Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. 

The B.S. 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. 

General Education requirements include coursework in the following areas:

  • 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).

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 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.

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

Check out our frequently asked questions and answers (including common misconceptions).

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 with our academic advisor, Andrea Palacio, 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.