Speech & Hearing Science: Neuroscience of Communication, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Speech & Hearing Science, Neuroscience of Communication 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 Neuroscience of Communication concentration provides and interdisciplinary understanding of the neurological systems that underline human communication.  Students will study the biological basis of communication in order to understand brain-behavior correlates of typical and disordered speech, language, and hearing function.  In addition, students will benefit from faculty research that utilizes innovative technologies to study the structure and function of the sensory-motor systems that underlie human communication abilities.  This concentration is intended to help prepare students for health and science-related careers, including medicine and neuroscience.  In addition, undergraduates interested in pursuing careers as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist can combine this concentration with pre-certification requirements.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Speech & Hearing Science, Neuroscience of Communication 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 Neuroscience of Communication concentration provides and interdisciplinary understanding of the neurological systems that underline human communication.  Students will study the biological basis of communication in order to understand brain-behavior correlates of typical and disordered speech, language, and hearing function.  In addition, students will benefit from faculty research that utilizes innovative technologies to study the structure and function of the sensory-motor systems that underlie human communication abilities.  This concentration is intended to help prepare students for health and science-related careers, including medicine and neuroscience.  In addition, undergraduates interested in pursuing careers as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist can combine this concentration with pre-certification requirements.

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

Electives

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 (Title of course is: Quantitative Bases in SHS) 13
SHS 389 (Title of course is: Neuroplasticity and Communication)
SHS 427Language and the Brain3 or 4
SHS 470Neural Bases Spch Lang4
Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:6
Any Chemistry or Physics 100-level class 2
Biology in Today's World 2
Intro to Brain and Cognition
Child Psych
Child Dev in Education
Perception & Sensory Processes
Cognitive Psych
Learning and Memory
Research Lab Experience in SHS 3
Comm Partners & Health
Augmentative & Alt Comm 4
Total Hours19-20