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Speech and Hearing Science BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 12.20 SPEECH PATHOLGY&AUDIOLGY, CIP: 51.0204 Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist)

Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

122 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3023

Dr. Bo-Hua Hu
Associate Professor, Interim Chair

Dr. Ahmed Nagy
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Wei Sun
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Speech and Hearing Science BA Program

Academic Requirements

To graduate, the student must have earned an overall GPA of 2.500 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. Students may not elect S/U grading in CDS courses.

Academic Advice

All students seeking enrollment into the major should complete the Application for Undergraduate Major found in the Department Office or on the Department's website and submit that to the CDS Main Office located in Room 122 Cary Hall.

Applications to the major are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies will assist the student in program planning. It is the student's responsibility to make an appointment with the faculty advisor to request assistance of any kind.

If prospective majors have taken coursework at another school that they believe are equivalent to the required courses of the Department, transfer evaluation and waiver request forms may be obtained from the CDS Main Office.

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses completed at other institutions may be equivalent to CDS courses at the University at Buffalo. To have them evaluated, complete the course waiver or pre-approval petition form found on the CDS Department's website and submit it to the Department Main office in 122 Cary Hall.

Prerequisite Courses

Speech and Hearing Science Major is a Direct Admissions Major, students do not need to fulfill any Prerequisites before declaring the major. 

Required Courses

Departmental Major Requirements 

CDS 389 General and Speech Acoustics  
CDS 390 Audiology: Diagnosis and Management 
CDS 301 Language Development in Children 
CDS 387 Psychoacoustic Science 
CDS 388 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CDS 444 Phonological Disorders: Diagnosis & Management 
*CDS 480 Clinical Observation and Participation 
*CDS 482 Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders 
*CDS 484 Aural Rehabilitation 

*These courses are for SHS majors only.

Technical Skills: 
Statistics Course (3 credits or more) - Choose ANY 1 of the following courses:

  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
  • SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods
  • CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing

Computer Course (4 credits) - Choose ANY 1 of the following courses:

  • CSE 101 Computers: A General Intro
  • MGQ 201 Introduction to Computers and Statistics

Human Biology Requirement:
Choose ANY 1 below for a total of 3 credits or more:

  • BIO 129 LEC Perspectives in Human Biology
  • BIO 130 LEC Perspectives in Human Biology
  • BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
  • ES 207 Fundamentals of Human Form and Function
  • SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology
  • PAS 313 Human Anatomy

Physical Science Requirement:
Choose ANY 1 below for a total of 3 credits or more:

  • any 3 credit Chemistry course (CHE)
  • any 3 credit Physics course (PHY)

Math Requirement:
Choose ANY 1 below for 3 credits or more

  • MTH 115 Survey of Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications
  • MTH 141 College Calculus 1
  • ULC 148 Pre-Calculus Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry

Linguistics Requirement:
Choose 1 of the following (3 credits) OR an upper level 300 or 400 LIN course other than LIN 355 and LIN 496.

  • LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • LIN 207 Language, Society and the Individual

Human Behavior: (9 credits)
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
AND ANY TWO of the following:

Transfer course(s) may be used to waive certain major requirements.

Courses for New York State Certification: Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (complete A and B) (graduate degree required for certification)
CDS 485 Speech Pathology in the Schools
Choose ANY TWO of the following:

  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education
  • LAI 205 Introduction to Child Development and Learning
  • PSY 336 Developmental Psychology

Departmental Honors Requirements

The CDS Honors Program stimulates excellence by encouraging students to undertake in-depth study in a specialty area within the fields of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. An average GPA of 3.500 or above is required to be considered in the CDS Honors Program.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Speech and Hearing Science BA degree
Credits Required for Major61
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 36
Additional Credits Required for Electives 23
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:59:46