Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Speech And Hearing Science - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Graduate: MA (Track in Speech-Language Pathology), AuD, PhD

Acceptance Information

The application for the speech and hearing science undergraduate major can be found on the CDS Department's website or in 122 Cary Hall. Submit your completed application along with a copy of your current AAR to the department's main office in 122 Cary Hall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Transfer 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.

Of the 32 credits of CDS courses required for the Speech and Hearing Science major, a minimum of 20 credits of CDS courses must be completed at UB.

Speech And Hearing Science - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Upon completion, the student should complete the Application for Undergraduate Major found in the department office or on the department's web site and submit that along with a copy of a HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) to the department office.

Applications to the major are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once accepted, each student is assigned a departmental faculty advisor who assists 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.

To graduate, the student must have earned an overall GPA of 2.5 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.

If prospective majors have taken courses 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 department office.

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

One human biology course (BIO 129 or BIO 130 Perspectives in Human Biology or BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology)
CDS 289 General and Speech Acoustics
CDS 290 Audiology: Diagnosis and Management
CDS 301 Language Development in Children
CDS 387 Psychoacoustic Science
CDS 392 Phonological Disorders: Diagnosis and Management
CDS 480 Clinical Observation and Participation
CDS 482 Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders
CDS 483 Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders Lab
CDS 484 Aural Rehabilitation
CSE 101 Computers: A General Introduction, or MGQ 201
MTH 115 Survey of Algebra and Trigonometry, or MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I, or ULC 148 Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
One linguistics course (choose from LIN 205, LIN 207, or any 300/400-level LIN course except LIN 355 or LIN 496) for a minimum of 3 credits
One physical science course (choose any course from CHE or PHY) for a minimum of 3 credits
One statistics course (choose from PSY 207, SOC 294, SSC 225, or STA 119, or CEP 207, or STA 111) for a minimum of 3 credits
Two human behavior courses (choose from AAS 333, APY 311, LAI 205/ SSC 208, NUR 250, PSY 321, PSY 322, PSY 331, PSY 336, SOC 304, SOC 308, SOC 313, SOC 314, SSC 363)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 60
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 35
Additional Credits Required for Electives 25
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.

Of the 62 required credit hours, 32 are required credit hours of CDS courses; plus 30 required credit hours from courses outside CDS.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

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 and swallowing
  • 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, swallowing, hearing, and augmentative communication
  • 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 related but not limited to: phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, resonance, cognition/communication, swallowing, hearing, augmentative communication; design/implement informal and formal assessment and prevention procedures for differences and disorders related but not limited to: (phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, and resonance
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: design/implement informal and formal assessment and prevention procedures for differences and disorders related but not limited to: (phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, and resonance
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: design and implement appropriate direct and indirect intervention plans for differences and disorders related but not limited to: phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, resonance, cognition/communication, social communication, swallowing, hearing, and augmentative communication
  • Communicate appropriate and meaningful clinical information in written and oral forms to clients, families, and a variety of relevant third parties using standard English
  • Be able to recognize and apply current appropriate professional ethical conduct in clinical planning and management
  • Be able to understand the components of and design research in clinical practice
  • Be able to counsel clients, families, and relevant third parties regarding auditory, balance, and communication differences and disorders
  • Be able to identify and discuss a variety of contemporary professional issues
  • Be able to discuss current issues related to professional credentialing at state and national levels

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Speech and Hearing Science BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Speech And Hearing Science - Minor

About the Minor

The field of communicative disorders and sciences relates to many fields and subspecialties. For this reason, the department offers a minor for students who are majors or prospective majors in other departments. Students may choose courses to meet their specific interests.

Required Courses

CDS 151 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Five additional CDS courses, which may include independent study

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

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.

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