Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are health professionals focused on the processes and disorders of speech, language and hearing.
Speech-language pathologists study the production of speech and language and work with children and adults who have disorders affecting their ability to communicate. Audiologists study the physical, physiological and psychological aspects of hearing, and provide intervention and technology-based rehabilitation to persons with hearing loss and problems with balance.
The speech-language pathology and audiology program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences provides the foundation for graduate study leading to clinical certification and career opportunities as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are professions consistently rated among the best careers for the changing job landscape.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are employed in schools, private practices and healthcare facilities.
Students completing the BS degree, and who meet state requirements, may apply for licensure as assistants in speech-language pathology and can provide therapy services under the supervision of a licensed speech- language pathologist.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Licensed counselors are available to help clarify career goals, provide strategies for mastering job interviews and writing professional cover letters and resumes and help students connect with campus recruiters.
The BS in speech language pathology and audiology requires 120 hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 36 hours in speech language pathology and audiology courses and 42 hours of electives.
Students are encouraged to select electives in psychology or child learning and development to complement their coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Junior and senior speech-language pathology and audiology majors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to receive college credit for a volunteer internship in the community.
The Fast-Track program enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience, communication disorders, or human development and early childhood disorders. Students must have at least 90 credit hours and meet the graduate admission requirements to qualify.
The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences is focused on the intersection of mind, brain and behavior. Through the school’s research-intensive culture, our professors and students work together to unravel mysteries that will improve human lives. They accomplish this by translating the latest research into treatments and sharing this knowledge through community outreach.
BBS Areas of study include:
Bachelor of Science: Child learning and development, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, speech-language pathology and audiology
Master of Science: Applied cognition and neuroscience, communication disorders, human development and early childhood disorders, psychological sciences
Doctor of Philosophy: Cognition and neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, psychological sciences
Doctor of Audiology: Audiology
In addition to the many research opportunities in faculty labs, students can also gain valuable experience through the school’s four affiliated centers committed to research, treatment and outreach.
To learn more about the research centers affiliated with the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and to view a complete list of the school’s research labs, visit bbs.utdallas.edu/research.
Melanie Spence, PhD
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education