Speech & Hearing Science: Audiology, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Speech & Hearing Science, Audiology Concentration

department page: Speech & Hearing Science

department website: http://shs.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Speech and Hearing Science Faculty

college catalog page: Applied Health Sciences

college website: http://www.ahs.illinois.edu/

The concentration in Audiology provides explicit background in the theoretical and clinical areas necessary for graduate study.  Students will learn foundational knowledge for understanding human speech, language, swallowing, hearing, and balance processes, with a particular eye toward the implications of differences and disruptions in the communication systems associated with disorders. Although students across any of the concentrations can pursue the graduate study and pre-certification requirements associated with becoming an audiologist or speech-language pathologist, these two concentrations are the most closely connected to practical application with opportunities for clinical observation and community engagement.

More information about the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology may be found on the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s web site:  http://www.asha.org.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Speech & Hearing Science, Audiology Concentration

General Education: Students are advised to select their General Education course requirements from the University’s approved list of courses and to work in close consultation with their academic advisor to ensure graduation requirements are addressed.

Communication Skills
Composition I
RHET 105Writing and Research4-6
or CMN 111
CMN 112
Oral & Written Comm I
and Oral & Written Comm II
Advanced Composition3
One course in Advanced Writing/Composition II from approved list 1
Quantitative Reasoning I 3
One course from the approved Gen. Ed. list 2
Quantitative Reasoning II3
One course from the approved list required.
Humanities and the Arts6
Minimum of two courses from approved list required
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Minimum of two courses from approved list required
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Two classes or six hours from the university approved Gen. Ed. list required. 3
Cultural Studies9
One course from Western Cultures approved campus list
One course from Non-Western Cultures approved campus list
One course from U.S. Minority Cultures approved campus list
Foreign Language0-12
May be satisfied if had three years of one non-English language in high school or completed the equivalent of three semesters of college level foreign language (through the intermediate level).
Total Hours40-54

Speech and Hearing Science Professional Core Requirements

All students must complete a series of SHS core classes regardless of their area of concentration.  Students are advised to work with the undergraduate academic advisor to ensure courses are taken in proper sequential order.  One area of concentration (Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Neuroscience of Communication, or Cultural-Linguistic Diversity) must be declared prior to the senior year.

SHS 170Intro Hum Comm Sys & Disorders3
SHS 191Freshmen Seminar1
SHS 200General Phonetics3
SHS 240Intro Sound & Hearing Science3
SHS 300Anat & Physiol Spch Mechanism 14
SHS 301General Speech Science 24
SHS 320Development of Spoken Language3
SHS 450Intro Audiol & Hear Disorders4
Total Hours25


All students are encouraged to take electives in and outside the department that will count towards the 128 required hours for graduation (the total number of electives students may take may vary with each individual).  Students are encouraged to select electives that will complement their areas of interest and future goals.  Areas listed below are only a sampling of possibilities; they are not to be considered as requirements and students are not limited to these choices.  All students are responsible for addressing course pre-requisites and course availability may vary.

Anthropology (ANTH), Communications (CMN), Kinesiology and Community Health (KIN, CHLH), Educational Organization and Leadership (EOL), Curriculum & Instruction (CI), Educational Policy Studies (EPS), Educational Psychology (EPSY), English (ENGL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Library and Information Science (LIS), Linguistics (LING), Psychology (PSYC), Recreation, Sport, & Tourism (RST), Rehabilitation Counseling (REHB), Special Education (SPED ), Sociology (SOC), Social Work (SOCW).  Additional areas to explore may include:  courses in a foreign language beyond the completion of the University’s requirement, as well as additional courses in science, such as Biology (IB, MCB), Physics (PHYS), microcomputer applications (e.g. ACE), and courses in cultural studies.

SHS 280Communication Neuroscience3
SHS 285 Quantitative Bases in SHS, or an approved substitution 13
SHS 352Hearing Health and Society3
SHS 385 Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
SHS 451Aural Rehab Children to Adults (requires senior standing and completion of core classes)3
SHS 475Prepracticum in SHS (requires senior standing and completion of core classes)1 to 2
Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:6
Language & Culture of Deaf Communities
Comm Disability in the Media
Communication and Aging
Research Lab Experience in SHS (Approved for S/U grading only. Must be arranged with individual faculty member.)
Comm Partners & Health
Augmentative & Alt Comm (Requires senior standing and completion of core classes)
NOTE: For those planning on pursuing graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, many graduate programs require 25 clinical observation hours. These should be completed and recorded prior to graduation (some may be completed prior to serving as a clinical participant in the required SHS 475 pre-practicum).
Total Hours22