Why study Speech and Hearing Science BA at UB?
The undergraduate program in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS) is a pre-professional program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The speech and hearing science major provides the common core of knowledge concerning the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing that is required for a background for study of disorders of communication. Students who successfully complete the undergraduate major in speech and hearing science may apply for the graduate program for speech-language pathology or audiology.
The University at Buffalo offers undergraduate and graduate programs in speech-language pathology, and audiology. Our programs rank very high nationwide. The graduate degree is the entry level into the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. No certification is available based on the undergraduate curriculum.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of biological sciences, physical science, mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and basic communication.
- Demonstrate knowledge across the age span of basic human communication processes related to their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.
- Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: recognize and describe normal aspects of the development and use of phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, resonance, cognition/communication, social communication, and hearing.
- Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: identify the clinical characteristics of possible etiologies for a variety of communication differences and disorders, cognition/communication, and hearing.
The Learning Environment
The University at Buffalo is a major research university, but our educational and field experiences are provide personal learning environments. Learning experiences are guided by engaged faculty who help students realize their teaching potential. Most of the major courses will be taught by academic faculty members who have intensive research and teaching experience. The Department provides multiple teaching formats, including lectures, independent study, clinical laboratory and clinical observations. Undergraduate courses are typically less than 100 students in size. Instructors and teaching assistants hold regular office hours to help students who need individual assistance.
About Our Facilities
The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences houses state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities. The Department’s Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic is the training facility for students who are majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Clinic provides services for hundreds of Western New York residents each year. It has a full spectrum of services including treatment in the areas of child and adult speech and language disorders, voice and swallowing disorders, augmentative communication, hearing loss, tinnitus, and central auditory processing. The community-based clinics also provide training in multicultural speech and language, cochlear implants, augmentative communication, and speech, language and hearing screenings for children and adults. The research facilities include Hearing Research, Motor Speech, Language Learning, Child Language, Computational Language and Memory, and the Communication and Assistive Device Laboratories.
About Our Faculty
The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences has twenty full time faculty members, including nine academic and eleven clinical faculty. One of our faculty members received the esteemed rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor and another named Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Our faculty members have expertise in numerous research areas, including noise and ototoxicity-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, augmentative communication technologies, speech production deficits, adult language and memory, child language development and disorders, and social communication and interaction. Faculty members hold a number of research and development grants, and publish research papers in top academic journals. The Department also has more than thirty adjunct professors who have expertise in various related fields, including audiology, speech and language disorders, human factors, neuroscience, vestibular diagnosis, etc.
Please visit our Department's faculty directory website for additional information about our faculty.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Communicative Disorders and Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.
Recent publications from government and private sources indicate that the field of speech-language pathology and audiology will grow approximately 20% over the next 10 years, exceeding the average growth rate in the health-care industry. Currently, the average salary in both professions is approximately $76,000 per year. The majority of audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, community clinics, and school systems. Some trained individuals also are employed in universities, industry, governmental agencies, private practice, or in group practice working with physicians and other specialists.
Speech and hearing professionals evaluate, treat, and conduct research into human communication and its disorders, working with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations.
Please consult the department for academic advising services.
Academic Advising Contact Information
For undergraduate advisement please contact Dr. Ahmed Nagy (firstname.lastname@example.org) 829-5307
For graduate advisement please contact Dr. Ling-Yu Guo (email@example.com) for speech or Dr. Bohua Hu (firstname.lastname@example.org) for audiology
Scholarships and Financial Support
Opportunities for additional funding for research and financial aid are available. CDS students are encouraged to seek research funding to enhance their educational experience.
Awards, Scholarship and Travel Funds