Online Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science

In the Bachelor of Science in speech and hearing science degree, you'll learn about typical speech, hearing and language development as well as the basics of relevant disorders. As a graduate, you'll be well equipped to pursue an advanced degree in audiology and speech-language pathology or obtain related health and behavioral jobs.

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Next start date: 10/12/2022


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is speech and hearing science?

Speech and hearing science is centered around understanding how people communicate. This discipline places special emphasis on communication disorders, both for assessing those concerns and treating them. Research in the field helps build a stronger grasp of how and why verbal communication functions as it does. With a speech and hearing science degree, you can explore career paths related to:

  • Behavior.
  • Health.
  • Research.
  • Therapy.

What does a speech and hearing scientist do?

 

Speech and hearing scientists work in specific fields like speech-language pathology and audiology. Their main focus is to diagnose and treat speech, language, hearing and cognitive-communication disorders in children and adults. They may apply their knowledge and abilities in educational, medical or similar focus areas. Therapeutic support is one common path for professionals, but far from the only one.

Graduates of the speech and hearing science bachelor's program can go into assistant and entry-level roles in speech and hearing services and clinics. Otherwise, graduates of this speech and hearing science bachelor’s degree can earn a master’s degree to become a speech-language pathologist or speech-language scientist. Students wishing to become an audiologist will require a doctoral degree.

This field offers many opportunities that can align with your career goals. If you have a personal drive to help others, a speech and hearing science degree is a relevant pursuit to prepare for advanced degrees in the field.

Is a speech and hearing science degree worth it?

 

Yes, a speech and hearing science degree is worth it. In fact after completing the bachelor's in speech and hearing science,  you'll have finished most of the coursework needed to earn a speech-language pathology assistant license in Arizona. In addition to this coursework, you'll also need to complete 100 hours of supervised clinical experience and pass an exam.

Additionally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists in 2021 was $79,060, which is over $34,000 more than the median annual wage for all workers. Furthermore, speech and hearing pathologists have a faster than average projected job growth, resulting in an abundance of career opportunities. 

Professional licensure and certification

The BS in speech and hearing science degree prepares students to enter graduate programs in communication science and disorders, and audiology. While the degree provides students with quality academic preparation, it doesn’t guarantee that a student will accrue the requisite clinical hours to apply for licensure as an speech-language pathologist or audiology assistant. Since certification and licensure requirements for speech-language pathologists and audiology assistants vary by profession and from state to state, we recommend visiting 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.

Does my speech and hearing science degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Speech and hearing science

Speech and hearing science undergraduate courses give you a greater understanding of key topics, such as audiology, phonetics and communication disorders. You'll also be required to take foundational courses in algebra, physics and anatomy. Much of the coursework in this degree builds on topics covered in these rigorous math and science courses. Courses include:


SHS 250: Introduction to Phonetics


SHS 402: Clinical Methods and Treatment of Communication Disorders


SHS 470: Developmental Speech and Language Disorders


SHS 485: Acquired Speech and Language Disorders


What can I do with a speech and hearing sciences degree?

Graduates of the speech and hearing science degree program can explore several professional paths. A bachelor’s degree allows you to pursue entry-level jobs in the field as a speech-language pathology assistant, or in research and educational support roles. You'll also be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology. Many jobs in this field, including speech pathologist and audiologist positions, will require a master’s or doctoral degree. Potential roles include, but are not limited to:

Advocate


Growth: 16.8 %
Salary: $35,960

Audiologist


Growth: 13.3 %
Salary: $81,030

Community Health Worker


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $42,000

Hearing Aid Specialist


Growth: 10.5 %
Salary: $52,630

Human Behavior Researcher


Growth: 5.8 %
Salary: $49,210

Speech Language Pathology Assistant


Growth: 6.9 %
Salary: $39,530

Speech Pathologist


Growth: 24.9 %
Salary: $80,480

Faculty who support speech and hearing science excellence

Our faculty brings a high level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Faculty who support speech and hearing science excellence

Our faculty brings a high level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Admission requirements for speech and hearing science degree

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

A college that prepares speech and hearing science graduates for the future

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5 million


in research expenditures.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Frequently asked questions

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