Speech & Hearing Science: Neuroscience of Communication, BS

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

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

The Neuroscience of Communication concentration provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the neurological systems that underlie 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.

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, Neuroscience of Communication 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 university approved Gen Ed list.
Quantitative Reasoning I 3
Choose one of the following:
Data Science Discovery
Statistical Analysis
Quantitative Reasoning II3
One course from the university approved Gen Ed list.
Humanities and the Arts6
Minimum of two courses from university approved Gen Ed list.
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Minimum of two courses from university approved Gen Ed list.
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Choose one from the following and one from the university approved Gen Ed list.
Introductory Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Chemistry, Everyday Phenomena
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry II
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
College Physics: Mech & Heat
College Physics: E&M & Modern
Physics Made Easy
How Things Work
Physics of Societal Issues
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Cultural Studies9
One course from Western Cultures university approved Gen Ed list.
One course from Non-Western Cultures university approved Gen Ed list.
One course from U.S. Minority Cultures university approved Gen Ed 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 Mechanism4
or LING 300 Anat & Physiol Spch Mechanism
SHS 301General Speech Science4
or LING 303 General Speech Science
SHS 320Development of Spoken Language3
SHS 385Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
SHS 450Intro Audiol & Hear Disorders4
General Education Hours40-54
Professional Core Hours28
Concentration Hours19
Total Hours128


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.

Neuroscience of Communication Concentration

SHS 280Communication Neuroscience3
SHS 389Neuroplasticity and Communication3
SHS 427Language and the Brain3
SHS 470Neural Bases Spch Lang4
Students must also take 6 hours from the following specified electives:6
Any Chemistry or Physics 100-level class
Biology in Today's World
Intro to Brain and Cognition
Child Psych
Child Development in Education
Perception & Sensory Processes
Cognitive Psych
Learning and Memory
Communication and Aging
Research Lab Experience in SHS 1
Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across Communication Contexts
Comm Partners & Health
Individual Study 1
Honors Individual Study 1
Augmentative & Alt Comm
Prepracticum in SHS
Total Hours19