BHS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Degree Program Description

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) includes the study of typical language, speech and hearing processes across the lifespan, as well as communication disorders that result from a variety of factors. The SLHS undergraduate major is the first step in preparing for careers in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. Speech-language pathologists evaluate the speech and language of children and adults to determine whether problems exist in such areas as voice, articulation, fluency, and receptive or expressive language. Speech-language pathologists develop and implement treatment plans to address these problems. Audiologists evaluate hearing, identify hearing loss, and participate in the rehabilitation of persons with decreased hearing abilities. The SLHS undergraduate curriculum fully prepares students for graduate study in either of these fields. The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology require master's or doctoral degrees. The SLHS undergraduate coursework provides students with a broad understanding of the scientific bases of speech, language, and hearing, the different types of communication disorders, and the types of diagnostic and therapeutic methods utilized in the field. Undergraduate students in the SLHS department at MU benefit from a low student-faculty ratio, practical clinical experience in our language preschool, our accent modification program, and our research labs led by outstanding faculty, and a well-established student organization.

Major Program Requirements

Students are required to apply to the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences major. Applications for admission into the BHS program are considered once a year, and they must be submitted by February 1 of the student’s sophomore year. (Note: Later applications will be considered if open seats remain in the upcoming junior class). In most cases, applicants will have completed at least 42 hours of college credit before applying, and students who are admitted will have completed 60 hours of college credit before beginning coursework as Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences majors. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a four-point scale and a composite score of 22 or above on the ACT are strongly recommended. However, meeting the minimum criteria and declaring a major of pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences do not guarantee acceptance into the program. A grade of C- or higher is required in the program and major core requirements.

Students must complete the following course requirements, as well as university and general education requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree from the College of Health Sciences and the University of Missouri:

Program Requirements
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
PSYCH 2410Developmental Psychology3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
or STAT 2500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
Biological Science Requirement
Select one of the following:
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
Physical Science Requirement
Select one of the following:
Atoms and Molecules with Lab
College Chemistry I
Concepts in Physics
College Physics I
At least one lab associated with above courses in biology, chemistry, or physics is required, e.g., BIO_SC 1020 is required with BIO_SC 1010 if no lab is taken with physical science course options.0-2 additional hours
Major Core Requirements
SLHS 1060Human Language3
SLHS 2120Survey of Communication Disorders3
SLHS 3010American Phonetics3
SLHS 3020Normal Language Development3
SLHS 3210Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism3
SLHS 3220Speech Acoustics3
SLHS 3230Hearing Science3
SLHS 4020Language Disorders in Children3
SLHS 4030Language Disorders of Adults2
SLHS 4100Introduction to Interprofessional Practice1
SLHS 4210Fluency Disorders2
SLHS 4220Voice Disorders1
SLHS 4320Speech Sound Disorders3
SLHS 4330Introduction to Audiology3
SLHS 4340Aural Rehabilitation3
SLHS 4430Neurophysiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing3
SLHS 4900Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders2

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. 

First Year
BIO_SC 10103CHEM 11004
ENGLSH 10003COMMUN 12003
PSYCH 10003MATH 10503
Humanities 3MO State Law Requirement3
 15 16
Second Year
SLHS 10603SLHS 21203
PSYCH 24103STAT 12003
 15 15
Third Year
SLHS 30103SLHS 3020W3
SLHS 30503SLHS 32303
SLHS 32103SLHS 43203
SLHS 44303SLHS 49502
SLHS 49502Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
SLHS 4020W3SLHS 41001
SLHS 43303SLHS 48003
SLHS 40302SLHS 32202
SLHS 49451-3SLHS 42102
Elective 3SLHS 42201
Elective3SLHS 43403
 SLHS 49002
 15-17 14
Total Credits: 120-122

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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