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Required Courses

The following 15 courses are required for the Speech & Hearing Sciences major:

Course No.

Course Title Credit Hours

Term TypicallyOffered

ASL 101 American Sign Language I 4


ASL 102 American Sign Language II 4


SPHR 262 Voice & Diction 4 Fall/Winter/Spring
SPHR 370 Phonetics & Acoustics 4 Fall/Winter/Spring
SPHR 371 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Swallowing 4 Fall/Spring
SPHR 372 Speech & Language Development in Children 4 Fall/Spring
SPHR 394 Guided Observation 1


SPHR 380 Language Disorders in Children (*Pre-Req:372) 4 Fall/Winter
SPHR 461 Neurology of Speech & Hearing
4 Fall/Winter
SPHR 464 Speech Disorders in Children (*Pre-Req: 370+372)
4 Winter/Spring
SPHR 487 Basic Audiology 4 Fall/Winter/Spring
SPHR 488 Advanced Audiology 4 Fall/Winter/Spring
SPHR 489 Aural Rehabilitation 4 Fall/Winter/Spring
SPHR 495 Organic Communication Disorders 4 Winter/Spring
SPHR 496

Introduction to Clinical Management

     (*Pre-Req: 370+372+380) (Co-Req: 464+495)




Additional Graduate School Requirement

Students planning to pursue graduate coursework in speech-language pathology or audiology should consider taking a course in statistics or research methods. The PSU Graduate Program in speech-language pathology requires course work in statistics or equivalent research methodology. Students who have not already completed this requirement can complete either 2 terms of undergraduate statistics through the Department of Math and Statistics or 1 term of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences statistics course (SPHR 410) as an undergraduate student.  The following classes are examples of courses offered at PSU that may be completed to fulfill the statistics requirement.  Students may also fulfill this requirement at a community college.

  • MATH 243: Intro to Probability and Statistics I (4 credits) - typically offered Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer terms, AND
  • MATH 244: Intro to Probability and Statistics II (4 credits) - typically offered Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer terms


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Requirements

Students who plan to pursue graduate coursework in speech-language pathology or audiology must also meet requirements set forth by ASHA, the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. For certification in speech-language pathology, ASHA requires that students have transcript credit (which includes course work, Advanced Placement courses, CLEP, or examination of equivalency) in each of the following areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Behavioral Sciences
  • Math (Note: the statistics courses listed above will satisfy the math requirement)