Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences B.S.

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Pam Balzer, Administrative Assistant or Marsha MooreJazayeri, Administrative Assistant

Location: Gunter 1400

Telephone: 970.351.2734


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences undergraduate program offers a pre-professional bachelor's degree in audiology and speech-language sciences. Training focuses on a broad-based education with emphasis on: the sciences, anatomy and physiology, psychology, development of audition, language and speech, principles of hearing science, technical instrumentation and problem solving. Students learn about individuals with communication disorders due to head injury, stroke, ear disease,noise exposure, vocal disease and misuse, autism, developmental delays, brain injury, genetics and many other issues. Additionally, students will explore the science behind how we talk, formulate language, hear and process our auditory environment, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and prevent communication disorders. Students who have interests in medical fields, applied sciences, psychology, acoustics, music or education are encouraged to consider audiology and speech-language sciences.

The degree program can be modified to serve as an excellent undergraduate foundation for entry into master's degree programs in Special Education, Rehabilitative Counseling, Public Health or Gerontology. Students interested in pursuing this option should see their advisor.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • In addition to fulfilling the specified major requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, a grade of “C-” or better must be earned in all of the Required Major Credit and Specified LAC Credit courses in order for the courses to count toward the major.
  • In addition, the University requirement of a UNC cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 for graduation must also be met.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program. 

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 25-28 credits

LAC area 1.b. — Intermediate Composition

Choose one of the following courses:

ENG 123College Research Paper


SCI 291Scientific Writing


LAC area 2 — Mathematics


STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis


and choose one of the following courses:

MATH 124College Algebra


MATH 125Plane Trigonometry


MATH 127Elementary Functions


MATH 131Calculus I


LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

ASLS 160Introduction to Human Communication and Its Disorders


One course with either a PSY or SOC prefix

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 100Exploring Biology



BIO 105Exploring Biology Lab



BIO 110Principles of Biology


One course with either CHEM or PHYS prefix


LAC area 8 — Multicultural Studies

ASL 101American Sign Language I


Remaining LAC — 18 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core ”.

2. Required Major — 42 credits

Take all of the following courses:

ASLS 260Introduction to Phonetics


ASLS 266Normal Speech and Language Development


ASLS 267Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism


ASLS 343Fundamentals of Physiological and Biological Acoustics


ASLS 360Articulation and Voice Disorders


ASLS 365Language Disorders in Children


ASLS 366Language Sampling Processes


ASLS 370Basic Audiology


ASLS 469Clinical Processes in Speech-Language Pathology


ASLS 478Aural Rehabilitation and Amplification


BIO 245Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology


LIB 170Audiology & Speech Language Sciences Library Research


Choose one course from each of the following groups that aligns with area of interest for graduate studies:

Group A:

ASLS 431Organically-Based Communication Disorders


ASLS 487Advanced Audiology


Group B:

ASLS 473SLPA Seminar and Field Experience


ASLS 474Clinical Practicum in Audiology


ASLS 483Entry/Primary Speech-Language Pathology Practicum


3. University-Wide Credits — 32-38 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 32-38 credits.