Major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

This is a screened program. Please see the admission requirements for additional information.

In addition to Core Curriculum requirements, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology majors must complete 75 to 80 units. The Pass/Fail grading option may not be applied to any SPPA course or required major course. All required courses must be completed with a grade of 2.00 or better. Some SPPA major required courses and electives can be taken during the premajor year and are indicated with a 1 after the course title.

Premajor Required Course Sequence
BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LAB]
4
or BIOL 200
200L
BIOLOGY I: INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LAB]
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
or ENGL 190 HONORS WRITING SEMINAR
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Select one of the following:3-4
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
PRE-CALCULUS
Select one course from Category A or B below (students must complete both categories as a graduation requirement but only one category during the premajor year):3-5
Category A - Physical Science
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
GENERAL PHYSICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
Category B - Social/Behavioral Science
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
SPPA Major Required Courses
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
DFST 104AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I 13
PSYC 212BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS 14
SPPA 101INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 13
SPPA 200ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE AUDITORY AND VOCAL MECHANISM3
SPPA 210PHONETICS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH3
SPPA 215LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN3
SPPA 302INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH AND SOUND DISORDERS3
SPPA 303HEARING SCIENCE3
SPPA 304LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN3
SPPA 313SPEECH SCIENCE3
SPPA 321INTRODUCTION TO AUDIOLOGY3
SPPA 325INTRODUCTION TO AURAL REHABILITATION3
SPPA 416CLINICAL OBSERVATION AND TECHNIQUES3
SPPA 417RESEARCH AND CLINICAL WRITING IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS3
SPPA 306NEUROANATOMY AND NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE3
or SPPA 341 CLINICAL AUDIOLOGY
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Remaining Category A or B course (see premajor sequence above)3-5
SPPA Electives
Select one of the following (minimum of 3 units is required):3
APPLIED GRAMMAR 1
INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP 1
INTRODUCTION TO STUTTERING 1
INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND RELATED AREAS
CLINICAL INTERNSHIP
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY
PROCTORING IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY
RESEARCH IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS
Total Units75-80
1

Course can be taken during the premajor year.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following: (Core 3)3DFST 104 (Core 5)3
SPPA 1013
Select one course from Group A or Group B3-4
Select one of the following: (Core 7)4Group A (Core 8)
PSYC 101 or 102 (Core 6)3Group B
Core 1 (or Core 2)3
ANTH 207 (Core 12)
Core 43
ANTH 210 (Core 12)
 
EDUC 203 (Core 13)
 
 
 Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 Core 113
 16 15-16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4SPED 3013
SPPA 2103SPPA 2003
SPPA 2153SPPA 3023
SPPA 3033SPPA 3213
Core 103Core 143
 16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SPPA 3043PSYC 2124
SPPA 306 or 3413SPPA 3253
SPPA 3133SPPA 4163
Select one course from Group A or B (group not taken as a pre-major)3-4Core (if needed) or Elective3
Core (if needed) or Elective3Core (if needed) or Elective3
 15-16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SPPA 417 (Core 9)3Elective3
Core (if needed) or Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3 
 15 12
Total Units 120-122
  1. Students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of human communication and its disorders.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of assessment of basic speech, language, and hearing difficulties and the ability to design a lesson plan to address such difficulties.
  3. Students will display competency in essential skills required of a college graduate by writing and presenting clearly and accurately on evidenced-based clinical practice topics.
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology associated with the auditory and vocal mechanisms as well as brain structures that support communication.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of discipline-appropriate electronic resources and software applications appropriate for communication sciences and disorders.