The online Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science prepares students to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. Students will focus on normal speech, language, and hearing processes across the lifespan, with an increased focus on communication disorders in upper-division coursework.

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The online BS in Speech and Hearing Science program entails a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential aspects of human communication. Courses are sequenced such that students first learn about normal speech, language, and hearing processes across the lifespan and then later build on this knowledge in courses focused on communication disorders. This degree provides the foundational knowledge required for graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and related programs in medical and educational fields.

In addition to preparing students for graduate clinical degree programs in Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the BS in Speech and Hearing Science provides knowledge that can be applied to research programs in language and cognition, education, auditory and language neuroscience, and translational genetics of communication. Students with a BS in Speech and Hearing Science can also pursue graduate degrees in other health-related or rehabilitation areas. The program curriculum also provides graduating students with the academic coursework required for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) licensure in Arizona. Graduating students from the BS program will also be well positioned to work as support personnel in health-related, education, or rehabilitation areas.

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

  • Support personnel in rehabilitation or health facilities
  • Research assistants or associates in behavioral disciplines
  • Speech-language pathology assistants
  • Hearing aid or cochlear implant company representatives


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The Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science combines aspects of social and behavioral sciences (psychology, education, language) with science (anatomy, acoustics). Students who excel in both of these areas are the most successful in this program.
Most speech and hearing sciences students want to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP) or an audiologist after graduate school. These professions are a good fit for people who enjoy working with adults or children, especially those with clinical conditions or disabilities.
To learn more about the field and increase your competitive advantage for a speech pathology or audiology job, speech and hearing sciences students are advised to cultivate relationships with community professionals (e.g., Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists) through volunteer service and/or shadowing experiences.
Yes. The ASUDepartment of Speech and Hearing Science is CAA accredited and has two accredited master’s programs, the Master of Science (MS) in communication disorders degreeand clinical entry level audiology.
ASU Online courses are 7.5 weeks long and accelerated. Most SHS courses are challenging in this format. Thus, students will need to devote sufficient time, self-discipline and dedicated effortto be successful in this rigorous program.
Admission to audiology and speech-language pathology graduate programs is very competitive, with top applicants having a GPA of 3.7 to 4.0. Because grades are so important, students may want to register for fewer SHS courses in their first semesters.
Most careers in speech-language pathology and audiology require an advanced graduate degree. Thus, the SHS BS program has a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for graduate programs in those fields.
An ASU Online class (3 credits) carries an expectation of an 18-hour weekly investment for students. Because this is an average, there may be some weeks that require more than 18 hours ofeffort.
Utilize the academic calendar to keep track of important dates and deadlines for each session,

Most careers as a speech pathologist or audiologist will require graduate school as well as state and professional licensing and certification. This bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences will give you a foundation for graduate school programming to become a speech pathologist or audiologist.

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