2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Speech and Hearing Science BA

Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

122 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3023
716-829-2797
716-829-3979
arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/cds.html
Dr. Jeff Higginbotham
Chair
Dr. Wei Sun
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Ling-Yu Guo
Director of Graduate Studies

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 apple for the graduate program for speech-language pathology or audiology.

The University at Buffalo offer the undergraduate program and the graduate programs for speech-language pathology and audiology. Both 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.

Learning Outcomes

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 bases, neurological bases, acoustic bases , psychological bases, developmental bases, linguistic bases, 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, swallowing, hearing, augmentative communication
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: design/implement informal and formal assessment and prevention procedures for differences and disorders
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: design and implement appropriate direct and indirect intervention plans for differences and disorders
  • Communicate appropriate and meaningful clinical information in written and oral forms to clients, families, and a variety of relevant third parties using standard English

The Learning Environment

The University at Buffalo is a major research university, but our teacher education coursework and field experiences are intimate learning environments. Learning experiences are guided by engaged faculty as well as master teachers who help students realize their teaching potential. Most of the major courses will be taught by academic faculties who have intensive research and teaching experiences. The department provides multiple teaching formats, including lectures, independent study, clinical laboratory and clinical observations. The undergraduate courses will be in a reasonable size, typically less than 100 students. Instructors and teaching assistants will hold regular office hours to help students who need individual assistance.

About Our Facilities

The department houses a state-of-art of clinical and research facilities. The University at Buffalo's Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic is the training facility for students who are majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. It has a full spectrum of services including treatment in the areas of central auditory processing, aural habilitation, and rehabilitation with an emphasis on cochlear implant therapy, tinnitus, laryngectomy, Asperger's syndrome and autism, augmentative communication, voice, etc. The research facilities include the Hearing Research Laboratory, Speech Production Laboratory, Speech Acoustics and Perception Laboratory, Language Production Laboratory, and the Center for Augmented Communication. Faculty and students in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences have close affiliations with several interdisciplinary centers at UB, including the Center for Excellence in Augmented Communication, Center for Cognitive Science, the Center for Assistive Technology, and the Center for Hearing and Deafness.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences has seventeen full time faculties, including eight academic faculties and nine clinical faculties. One of faculties received the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Our faculties have expertise on many research areas, including noise and ototoxicity induced hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, augmentative communication technologies, speech production deficits, child language developmental disorders, etc. Ongoing research in our department spans the range of basic and clinical research from the molecular level to patient oriented diagnostic and rehabilitative research. 

Many faculty members hold prestigious federal research grants and have published research papers on top professional journals. The Department also have more than thirty adjunct professors who have expertise on different medical field, including audiology, speech and language disorders, neurology, neuroscience, vestibular diagnosis, etc.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Communicative Disorders and Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Recent publications from government and private sources indicate that the field of speech-language pathology and audiology continues to show a positive pattern of growth in employment. The majority of audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, community clinics, and school systems. In addition, many professionals seek and find employment in institutions for the deaf and hearing impaired or for the mentally and developmentally disabled. Some trained individuals also are employed in universities, industry, governmental agencies, private practice, or 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.

Note that many careers require additional education at the graduate level.

Alumni (or recent graduates) of Speech and Hearing Science have found employment in the following fields:
  • Audiology
  • Education/Schools
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Recreational therapy
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Research
  • Speech-language pathologist

Work settings include:

  • Businesses
  • Colleges/universities
  • Community clinics
  • Developmentally disabled
  • Elementary and high schools
  • Government agencies
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hospitals
  • Institutions for the deaf
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician's offices
  • Private practice
  • Research laboratories

Academic Advising

Please consult the department for academic advising services.

Academic Advising Contact Information

For undergraduate advisement please contact Dr. Wei Sun (weisun@buffalo.edu) 829-5307
For graduate advisement please contact Dr. Ling-Yu Guo (lingyugu@buffalo.edu) for speech or Dr. Bohua Hu (bhu@buffalo.edu) 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

Research Funding

Published: September 20, 2017 02:37:12 PM