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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. Jeff Higginbotham

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

Dr. Ling-Yu Guo
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

CDS 151 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
CDS 286 Phonetics
CDS 288 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

Required Courses

A. Departmental Major Requirements (22)

BIO 129 or BIO 130 Perspectives in Human Biology or BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology or ES 207 Fundamental of Human Form and Function or SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology or PAS 113 Human Anatomy
CDS 289 General and Speech Acoustics (3) (Prereq CDS 286 and CDS 288)
CDS 290 Audiology: Diagnosis and Management (3)
CDS 301 Language Development in Children (3)
CDS 387 Psychoacoustic Science (3) (Prereq CDS 289)
CDS 392 Phonological Disorders: Diagnosis & Management (3) (Prereq CDS 286)
*CDS 480 Clinical Observation and Participation (1) (senior standing)
*CDS 482 Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders (3) (senior standing)
*CDS 484 Aural Rehabilitation (3) (Prereq CDS 290) (senior standing)

*These courses are for SHS majors only.

B. Department Electives: (Not Required)

  • CDS 402 Language Disorders in Children (3) (Prereq CDS 301)
  • *CDS 428 Neural Basis of Communication (3) (senior standing)
  • *CDS 485 Speech Pathology in the Schools (3) (senior standing)
  • CDS 491 UG Internship (3) 
  • CDS 491 Special Topic: Disorders of Memory (3) (spring only)
  • CDS 491 Special Topic: Cultural & Linguistic Diversity (3) (fall only)
  • CDS 497 Departmental Honors Thesis or Project (1-3) (acceptance into departmental honors program)
  • CDS 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (1-3) (permission of instructor)
  • CDS 499 Independent Study (1-4) (permission of instructor)

*These courses are for SHS majors only.

C. Courses Required Outside the CDS Department: (minimum 27 credits) (can be taken S/U; courses taken to satisfy the UB curriculum/general education requirements may NOT be taken for S/U grading)

1. Technical Skills: (6 credits or more)
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

2. 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 - online course
  • SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology - online course
  • PAS 113 Human Anatomy

3. 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)

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

  • MTH 115 Survey of Algebra and Trigonometry
  • ULC 148 Pre-Calculus Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry

5. 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

6. Human Behavior: (9 credits)
Related Areas Requirement:
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)
A. CDS 485 Speech Pathology in the Schools
B. 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 Major58
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 35
Additional Credits Required for Electives 27
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: May 26, 2020 15:54:52