Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Speech and Hearing Science BA

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Would you like to help a young boy reduce his stuttering? Make it possible for a grandmother to hear clearly for the first time in years? Develop new technology that helps people communicate? While many of us take speech and hearing for granted, there are millions of people struggling with communication disorders every day. If you’re looking for a science-based major that lets you work with people and have a direct impact on their lives, you’re in the right place.  

Visit the Speech and Hearing Science academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Communicative Disorders and Sciences department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Speech and Hearing Science BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

One Physical Science Course (3 credits)

At least three credits of any Chemistry (CHE) or Physics (PHY) course. (See AAR for list of course options) 

One Linguistics Course (3 credits)


New York State Certification courses is an optional requirement for “Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities” (graduate degree is required for certification). Students complete CDS 485  and two of the following: CEP 400 ELP 405 LAI 205 PSY 336  

Total Credits Required for Major: 61-63

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

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

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.

Program Honors

The Honors Program allows qualified seniors the opportunity to engage in a year-long research project in a single lab. The lab is selected by the student to fit his/her interests in the field. A mentor is chosen to work closely with the student during the year to guide the student in writing and orally presenting the required senior thesis. Students complete CDS 497 . The thesis must be submitted and approved by the thesis advisor and co-advisor. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 12 or 13

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 17 or 18

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

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, 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.


(HEGIS: 12.20 SPEECH PATHOLGY&AUDIOLGY, CIP51.0204 Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist)


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