Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
What Is the Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences?
The Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences serves as an introduction to the science of human communication and an academic foundation for a career as a speech-language-hearing specialist. The bachelor’s degree is also a springboard to further graduate-level education necessary to practice as a professional in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology.
About the Program
The Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences program provides students with an academic and clinical foundation to understand and improve the communication skills of people with developmental or acquired communication disorders. If you are interested in a career that blends psychology, education, and medicine, this may be a great option for you!
In the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at TTUHSC, undergraduate and graduate students learn and interact with faculty in an innovative teaching, clinical, and research environment focused on audiology and speech-language pathology.
At the department’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, you’ll get to experience first-hand the many facets of our profession as you work with faculty to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to children and adults.
As an undergraduate student, you will learn about the normal processes of speech, hearing, and language, and also learn about a variety of communication disorders. Since hearing and speech are so closely related, you will get exposure to both areas of the profession. Because graduate degrees are required to practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, the undergraduate program here at TTUHSC is designed primarily to prepare students for graduate school. As an undergraduate, you won’t have to choose between speech-language pathology and audiology until you decide to pursue graduate-level work.
In the bachelor’s program, you will also complete all required coursework to become a licensed speech-language pathology assistant with a bachelor's degree.
You can find more information about the program on our FAQ page.
Careers With a Bachelor's in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
After completing our undergraduate program, you can obtain a variety of entry-level jobs and also pursue advanced education in fields such as speech-language pathology, audiology, education, or health care administration. Entry-level positions may include:
- A licensed speech-language-pathology assistant (SLPA).
- A caseworker at a state agency.
- An early intervention specialist (EIS).
- A licensed hearing aid specialist (with additional training).
Across the nation, the number of positions available for health care support workers like SLPAs is growing.
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), job growth for speech-language-pathology assistants is projected to increase 10%-14% through 2026 nationally, faster than average for all occupations.
- In Texas, the demand will be even higher with projected job growth of 21% for health care support workers.
The Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Curriculum
The curriculum of the bachelor’s degree program combines academic instruction and clinical observation experiences designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the science of speech, language and hearing. Classes include:
- Introduction to Audiology.
- Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology.
- Language Disorders.
- Clinical Methods.
- Basic Sign Language or Health Professionals.
Successful completion of the program culminates in the Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences degree.
“I’ve never experienced anything quite like my time at the TTUHSC, in the best kind
of way. I entered into the undergraduate program nervous and unsure, but I left with
a top-notch education, sweet memories, professors who felt like family, and a flourishing
passion for my field.”
Logan White, B.S.
TTUHSC SLHS Graduate 2019 Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
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