University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 17, 2024  

Speech Pathology, B.S.

The BS  degree in Speech Pathology provides students with the foundational knowledge  required to pursue graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. A graduate degree is the entry level credential for the either field and is required for national certification and state licensure. Students in the Speech Pathology major will accumulate their first 25 clock hours toward certification through successful completion of experiences in their Observation of Clinical Services course (SPA 345). In the Speech Pathology undergraduate program, students gain in-depth knowledge of normal neurological/physical anatomy and physiology for communication and hearing, knowledge of communication development, skills in transcription and analysis of speech and language, and introductory knowledge of lifespan communication disorders. Clinical experiences and service learning opportunities allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real world settings.

Major specific courses are complemented by coursework in biological, physical, and social sciences, statistics, linguistics, human development, and interviewing and counseling. Additionally, students have the opportunity to strengthen breadth or depth of knowledge in related areas of study such as education and human development, community health sciences, psychology, biology, social work, according to their own personal interests. Mentored research opportunities are also available to Speech Pathology undergraduates. 

All Speech Pathology majors are required to have their programs approved by a professional advisor in Pre-Professional Advising.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • have an entry-level understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism.
  • have an entry-level understanding of the normal processes of speech and language development.
  • have an entry-level understanding of diagnostic and treatment methods in Communication Disorders.

Contact Information

103 Nell J. Redfield Building
(775) 784-4887
DHS Student Center, OB 104,

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Icon Capture42Active-Hidden2021-10-21 20:24:062021-10-21 20:24:06 at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.75
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.75
  • Residency Requirement | 30 of the last 45 Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (25-28 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7  courses.

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

C. Global Context - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11  courses.

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO13  courses.

F. Application - CO14

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

III. Additional School Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (72 units)

B. Related Disciplines (12 units)

Students must earn 12 units, a minimum of 3 units in each of the following four areas:

C. Related Electives (15 units)

Students are required to take an additional 15 units of electives that should be selected from the following Related Electives areas. Students are encouraged to have their choices approved by their academic advisor. 

Courses used to satisfy CO 6 requirement may not be duplicated here.

Addiction Treatment Services (CAS)

Biology – General, Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroscience (BIOL)

Community Health Sciences (CHS)

Developmental Disabilities (EDU, HDFS, CHS)

Education - Early Childhood Education (ECE), Counseling & Educational Psychology (CEP), General (EDU), Special Education (EDSP)

English – Linguistics (ENGL)

Gerontology (GERO)

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Psychology – General, Neuroscience, Applied Behavior Analysis, Neuroscience (PSY)

Social Work (SW)

Sociology (SW)

World Languages (ASL, Arabic, Basque, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Paiute, Spanish)

Technical Writing

Ethics in Healthcare or Science

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

This major does not require the student to have a minor in order to graduate. To see if a minor is offered by this department return to the College Program page.

VI. General Electives (14-17 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)