Speech and Hearing Science, BS

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The majority of our graduates gain acceptance into Doctor of Audiology and Master of Science in communication disorders programs. Graduates typically work with a variety of populations, including people on the autism spectrum; bilingual language learners; those experiencing hearing impairment, delayed or disordered speech and language, stuttering; or patients recovering from strokes or with degenerative or neurological disease

Students in the BS program in speech and hearing science study the normal aspects of the communication process. Emphasis is placed on the human communication system, including anatomy and physiology of the hearing and speech mechanisms; speech, language and hearing science; and normal development of speech and language production and perception. Upper division coursework introduces disorders of speech, language and hearing.

Students attain broad-based knowledge in the basic aspects of speech, language and hearing sciences, which prepares them for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology, or potential employment opportunities in related health and behavioral fields.

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Speech and Hearing Science, BS

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Certification and licensure

The BS degree in speech and hearing science prepares students to enter graduate programs in communication science, communication disorders, and audiology. While the degree provides students with quality academic preparation, it does not guarantee that a student will accrue the requisite clinical hours to apply for licensure as a speech-language pathologist or audiology assistant. Since certification and licensure requirements for SLP and audiology assistants vary by profession and from state to state, we recommend that you visit the ASU licensure website to determine if your program meets the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please contact your program director or degree coordinator.

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Career outlook

Positions in speech-language pathology and audiology are in high demand, rated as careers with bright outlooks by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network. Employment opportunities for program graduates may include positions as:

  • audiology assistants
  • hearing aid or cochlear implant company representatives
  • research assistants or associates in behavioral disciplines
  • speech-language pathology assistants
  • support personnel in rehabilitation or health facilities

Many graduates of speech and hearing sciences gain entrance into a graduate-level program in speech-language pathology or audiology. In both fields, a graduate degree is required for employment.

The undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science is also excellent preparation for those who wish to enter professional or graduate programs in fields such as:

  • counseling
  • education
  • medicine
  • rehabilitation
  • social work
  • special education
  • teaching for the deaf

Graduates of speech-language pathology and audiology can work with children or adults with communication disorders in a variety of settings, including:

  • clinics
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • schools, all levels of preschool through secondary

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.8%$35,960
Audiologists 13.3%$81,030
Community Health Workers 15.2%$42,000
Hearing Aid Specialists 10.5%$52,630
Social Science Research Assistants 5.8%$49,210
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 6.9%$39,530
Speech-Language Pathologists 24.9%$80,480

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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