BA in Speech and Hearing Science

The BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences provides foundational coursework in normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing. Students learn the fundamentals of both speech-language pathology and audiology, providing the necessary pre-requisites for pursuing graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology, as well as a variety of other career options.

Degree Requirements

The BA in Speech and Hearing Science requires a total of 31 credit hours taken within the CDS department, with an additional 27 credit hours taken outside the CDS department. Please see the full curriculum plan for more details.

Curriculum Plan for BA in Speech and Hearing Science

Departmental Major Requirements

  • CDS 151: Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (3 credits)
  • CDS 286: Phonetics (3 credits)
  • CDS 301: Language Development in Children (3 credits)    
  • CDS 387: Psychoacoustic Science (3 credits)
  • CDS 388: Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Mechanism (3 credits)
  • CDS 389: General and Speech Acoustics (3 credits)
  • CDS 390: Audiology: Diagnosis and Management (3 credits)
  • CDS 444: Phonological Disorders: Diagnosis and Management (3 credits)

These courses require senior standing and are only open to declared majors.

  • CDS 480: Clinical Observation and Participation (1 credit)
  • CDS 482: Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders (3 credits)
  • CDS 484: Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits)

Residency Requirement

Of the 31 credits of departmental courses (above), a minimum of 20 credits must be completed at UB.

Departmental Electives (Optional)

Our department offers a several additional courses that can be taken for elective credits:

  • CDS 402: Language Disorders in Children (3 credits)
  • CDS 428: Neural Basis of Communication (3 credits)
  • CDS 449: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3 credits)
  • CDS 485: Speech Pathology in the Schools (3 credits)
  • CDS 491: Special Topics: Communication in Aging Adults (3 credits)
  • CDS 496: Undergraduate Internship (3 credits)
  • CDS 497: Departmental Honors Thesis or Project (1-3 credits, with acceptance in Departmental Honors Program)
  • CDS 498: Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (1-3 credits, with instructor permission)
  • CDS 499: Independent Study (1-4 credits, with instructor permission)

GPA Requirement

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 CDS courses. 


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