Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences

The undergraduate program in Speech and Hearing Sciences readies the graduate for a variety of career and educational options based on the knowledge gained from this degree and individual interests and skills.

▼   Skills Acquired With Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences

General Knowledge, Skills, Aptitudes, and Experiences

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, logical reasoning skills
  • Exposure to the scientific method and opportunities for research experiences
  • Exposure to the culture of science (e.g., ethics, interdisciplinary research, team science)
  • Exposure to other disciplines and professional/scientific organizations
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative learning
  • Exposure to "evidence-informed decision making" as a lifelong learning journey
  • Cultural competence
  • Competencies in oral and written communication (e.g., reading, writing, listening, speaking)

Social, Behavioral, Biological, and Physical Science Foundations

  • Biology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Linguistics
  • Math and statistics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics and acoustics
  • Psychology and cognitive science
  • Exposure to research contributions across fields

Communication Sciences & Disorders Content Knowledge, Skills, Aptitudes, and Experiences

  • Historical and philosophical tenets of the professions
  • Normal communication (speech, language, hearing, cognition) across the lifespan
  • Overview of hearing and balance disorders
  • Overview of speech, language, and swallowing disorders
  • Overview of the clinical process, continuum of service delivery, and evidence-based practices
  • Co-curricular experiences, such as grand rounds and colloquia, service learning, and undergraduate research
  • Exposure to health and education policy and advocacy
  • Knowledge of how to work in teams
  • Knowledge of clinical, academic, and research careers, including faculty and graduate student research

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▼   Career Options
  • Activity Coordinator in Nursing Home
  • Rehabilitation Aide
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Fundraising/Volunteer Coordinator for Nonprofit Organizations
    • Special Olympics, Autism Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, etc.
  • Developing, Marketing, and Selling Therapy Materials in the Corporate Environment
    • Super Duper Publications, Linguisystems, hearing aid manufacturers, Tobii DynaVox, Pearson Assessments, etc.
  • Occupational Hearing Conservationist
    • Requires a 20 hour course and a passing exam score
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant
    • Requires Bachelor’s degree, continuing education, proper licensing, and Praxis exam
  • Medical Sales and Publications
  • Research Assistant in the University Setting
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator/Healthcare Administration
▼   Additional Education

Potential Certifications

  • American Sign Language/English Interpreting Certificate (IUPUI)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
  • Special Education

Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Radiology Technician

Master’s or Doctoral Degrees

  • Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master’s of Social Work
  • Master’s degree in Special Education
  • Master’s of Counseling
  • Linguistics
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Graduate Certificate of Gerontology
▼   Application Information

Individuals interested in applying for the undergraduate program in Speech and Hearing Sciences can obtain an application and instructions through the University's Undergraduate Admissions web page below. Application deadlines are based on the semester the applicant intends to enter the university.

▼   Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Please see the USA Bulletin for the Degree Requirements and the Course Descriptions.

▼   Model Curriculum

Please see the .pdf below for the Model Curriculum.

▼   Departmental Honors Program

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences degree program may complete requirements to earn the Departmental Honors designation. Students will work with a faculty mentor from the Speech and Hearing Sciences program and two other faculty members to complete a Senior Honors Thesis project. Specific criteria for the program can be found in the following .pdf.

▼   Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the FAQs for answers to General Admission Questions.