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UG Major Required Courses

The current courses required for the Speech & Hearing Sciences major are listed below. If you started at PSU prior to Fall 2015 and wish to use previous SPHR major requirements, please find and use the appropriate PSU bulletin. Also, please speak with your SPHR advisor if you wish to do this.

Course No.

Course Title Credit Hours

Term TypicallyOffered

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/Winter/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/Summer
SPHR 464 Speech Disorders in Children. Pre-req: 370 & 372
4 Winter/Spring
SPHR 465

Intro to Research Methods for Clinical Scientists. Also listed as SPHR 410 with the same name. Pre-req: STAT 243 & 244 or equivalent (SOC 399)

4 Winter
SPHR 487 Hearing Sciences 4 Fall/Winter
SPHR 488

Clinical Audiology. Pre-req or co-req: SPHR 487

4 Winter/Spring
SPHR 489 Aural Rehabilitation. Recommended pre-reqs: SPHR 487, SPHR 488 4 Fall/Spring/Summer
SPHR 495 Organic Communication Disorders (recommended pre-req: SPHR 371, SPHR 461) 4 Winter/Spring
SPHR 496

Intro to Clinical Management. Pre-req: SPHR 371, SPHR 372



STAT 244 Intro to Probability and Statistics II or the equivalent (currently, SOC 399) 4 Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer
SPHR Elective Upper division SPHR elective course. See Elective Courses menu for elective offerings. 4 Fall/Winter/Spring


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)