Speech and Hearing Sciences

Undergraduate Program

Speech and Hearing Sciences

PSU speech and hearing undergraduate little girl looking in mirror making sounds with help of instructor behind her

Speech and Hearing Sciences Bachelor's Degree Overview

A bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences at PSU is your first step toward a rewarding career helping children and adults with speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders.

PSU’s program prepares you to make a difference in the growing fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, health and education.

As a speech and hearing sciences major, you will learn how we speak, hear, swallow and process language — and how disorders of those systems can affect communication, education and daily life.

Our alumni are accepted to top graduate programs and are in high demand for a range of educational, professional and clinical jobs, such as supporting children with developmental disorders and adults with traumatic brain injuries.

We offer:

  • Hands-on experience in Portland’s only on-campus speech and hearing clinic.
  • Opportunities participate in leading-edge research in our faculty labs.
  • Engaging electives on topics such as bilingualism, disabilities and multicultural communication.
  • Post-baccalaureate paths to prepare you for graduate study.

Join our caring community and launch a career you’ll love in speech and hearing sciences.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Fall
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Fall

Speech and Hearing Sciences Bachelor's Degree: Why PSU?

In speech and hearing sciences, we believe in learning by doing. That’s why we offer you unmatched opportunities to gain valuable, real-world clinical experience as an undergraduate.

At PSU, you can work, volunteer or observe in our on-campus speech and hearing clinic, faculty research labs and schools and private clinics throughout the Portland area. These clinical experiences are important for graduate school admission and can lead to jobs after graduation.

Our excellent faculty is committed to your success. They are leading researchers and experienced, practicing professionals who bring the best evidence-based clinical practice to your classes.

You’ll find a close, diverse community with active student groups, peer mentors and lots of activities and events.

And you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to help people with speech and hearing disorders in your community.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences?

Most of our alumni go to graduate and professional schools to become speech-language pathologists, audiologists, physical and occupational therapists, special educators, rehabilitation counselors and other health-care providers.

Recent graduates have been accepted to graduate programs at Portland State, Pacific University, University of Oregon, New York University, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, University of Michigan and other universities in California and across the country.

With a bachelor’s degree, you can work in support and administrative jobs in schools, hospitals, businesses and organizations, including:

  • Speech-language pathology assistant
  • Audiology assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Special education aide
  • Early childhood teachers
  • Rehabilitation or health aide
  • Health-care administrator
  • Social service coordinator or manager
  • Research assistant or administrator

PSU’s chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) provides opportunities to learn more about speech therapist and hearing professions. Our chapter organizes seminars, volunteer opportunities, team-building outings, community advocacy, fundraising and networking events.

Featured Courses

  • SPHR 222 Intro to Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • SPHR 370 Phonetics and Acoustics
  • SPHR 371 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech & Swallowing
  • SPHR 372U Speech and Language Development in Children
  • SPHR 394 Guided Observation
  • SPHR 380 Language Disorders in Children
  • SPHR 461 Neurology of Speech and Hearing
  • SPHR 465 Introduction to Research Methods for Clinical Scientists
  • SPHR 464 Speech Disorders in Children
  • SPHR 487 Hearing Sciences
  • SPHR 488 Clinical Audiology
  • SPHR 489 Aural Rehabilitation
  • SPHR 495 Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • SPHR 496 Introduction To Clinical Management

Electives

  • SPHR 471 Neurolinguistics
  • SPHR 480 Sociocultural Aspects of Communication
  • SPED 521 Behavior Management in the Classroom
  • SPHR 485 Bilingualism & Communication Disorders

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Our bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences satisfies the requirements for graduate study leading to professional certification in speech-language pathology or audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.