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2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech Pathology and Audiology, B.S.

Program Description

Speech-language pathology and audiology are the professions which help adults and children overcome disabilities of speech, language, and/or hearing. These professions can satisfy a wide variety of career interests, including working in an allied medical profession, public service, government, education and private industry. Through research, these professions also contribute to our knowledge about human communication.

Many students select this degree program for professional training in speech-language pathology; others select this major because it seeks to develop student patterns of clear and logical thinking, planning, decision making and writing. Drawing from such academic disciplines as biology, psychology, sociology, linguistics, medicine, and the physical sciences, the program offers an interdisciplinary character that encourages and fosters an emphasis on acquiring the broad knowledge of a liberal arts general education, as well as developing expertise in a single discipline. Many of our undergraduate majors have used these attributes to successfully pursue careers other than speech-language pathology, and have gone on to fields of education, finance, business, and government services.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology will be able to:

  1. Complete foundational academic coursework in preparation for advanced professional training in speech-language pathology or related disciplines;
  2. Integrate knowledge from basic and behavioral sciences and humanities with contemporary theory and practice in speech-language pathology;
  3. Describe typical and atypical communicative development and behavior across the lifespan;
  4. Demonstrate skills in working collaboratively;
  5. Explain the importance of cultural competence, social justice, ethics, and advocacy in serving diverse individuals.

Career Opportunities

  • Audiologist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Research Assistant


The department operates the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, an on-campus facility that provides clinical services to speech-, language-, and hearing-impaired individuals from Bay Area Communities. Students who are enrolled in the program are able to observe, receive training, and do research in this fully-equipped facility. The program also maintains a fully equipped speech and hearing sciences laboratory for students who wish to pursue research interests.

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers the coursework required to qualify as a registered audiometrist in the public schools of the State of California.

The Bachelor of Science degree major in Speech-Language Pathology provides students with a background in theoretical and clinical areas fundamental to the understanding and management of communicative disorders and serves as the pre-professional training necessary for admission to graduate studies.

Major Requirements (B.S.)

The B.S. degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology is designed to prepare the student to pursue graduate training in speech-language pathology or audiology or, employment in related fields. Please consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements. The major consists of 100 units. The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.

Track Requirements

Required for Honors Clinic Track (7 units)

III. Elective Courses (7 or 14 units)

Each student enrolled in this major must complete upper division courses in related disciplines; these courses are subject to adviser approval. The minimum number of elective units is 7 if the student is eligible for the Honors Clinic Track, 14 elective units if not.

Courses may be chosen from areas such as psychology, human development, linguistics and sign language. Students are responsible for any required prerequisites for elective courses.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.