Students earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in this major. However, the undergraduate program is a pre-professional degree and students do not qualify for employment with only a B.A.. Students must earn a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or a doctoral degree in audiology in order to obtain national certification and state licensure. The undergraduate curriculum consists of lecture classes, laboratory sections, and clinical observations. While most of the basic courses are open to students from many fields, upper-level courses are typically reserved for department majors. To become a major students are required to enroll in CDS 151, CDS 286, and CDS 288 and must earn an average of 2.5 across the three courses. Upon acceptance into the major, each student will be assigned an academic advisor from the CDS department.
Requirements for Graduation with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science (SHS)-
To graduate you must have earned an overall GPA of 2.5 in CDS courses. CDS courses with a grade of less than C- will not be acceptable for the departmental average requirement and must be retaken for a grade of C- or better. You are not allowed to elect S/U grading in department courses. The major includes 32 required credits that must be taken in the CDS department and 30 required credits to be taken outside the CDS department. Of the 35 credits of departmental courses, a minimum of 20 credits of CDS courses must be completed at UB. (the last time updated on 7/20/2012)