Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Communication Disorders

A bachelor’s degree in communication disorders prepares you for a career as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist or language or hearing scientist – professionals who help children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders.

Our bachelor’s degree program provides the strong foundation in human communication sciences that you need to begin practicing in an allied health career (professions in healthcare that aren’t medicine or nursing) or to enter a graduate program. A master’s degree is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist; a clinical doctorate is required to become an audiologist; and a Ph.D. is required to be a speech, language or hearing scientist.

Why study communication disorders at BGSU in Ohio?

  • Expert faculty. Learn from faculty with expertise in audiology, autism spectrum disorder, child language, bilingual language development, stuttering, traumatic brain injury and voice and motor speech disorders.
  • Undergraduate research. Faculty welcomes collaboration. Many students go on to present research at state and national conferences and are published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Living + learning community. Live with other science, health and pre-professional students in the Natural and Health Science Residential Community. Students say the academic support they receive gives them a significant advantage when applying to graduate programs. Community members share information and ideas and are guided by dedicated faculty.
  • Valuable real-world experience. A required capstone experience will allow you to complete your required guided observation hours and learn how to write goals, therapy plans and summary notes.
  • Networking opportunities. Grow as a speech and language science student by joining our active Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. The student organization hosts professional development sessions, welcomes guest speakers and holds social and fundraising events.
  • Graduate options at BGSU. Transition to graduate school by applying to BGSU’s accredited master’s degree program in communication science and disorders, which offers a specialization in speech-language pathology.

Careers – what can you do with a communication disorders degree?

BGSU’s bachelor’s degree in communication disorders prepares you to move on to graduate school in:

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Audiology
  • Speech, language or hearing science

The bachelor’s degree also can serve as an excellent foundation for graduate work in related fields, including a wide range of allied health and educational careers such as:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Intervention specialist
  • Gerontology

Our graduates work in the healthcare, education and research industries.

Employment in this field is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations – more than 20% over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Career paths

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Allied health professional
  • Educator
  • Human development and communication specialist
  • Behavioral therapist 

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Study the science of the human communication process, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of therapy.

Core courses cover:

  • The mechanics of speech
  • How speech is acquired and develops
  • The acoustics of speech and hearing
  • How to assess and provide therapy for range of disorders

The minimum, entry-level qualification to practice as a speech-language pathologist is a master’s degree. To practice as an audiologist, a Doctor of Audiology is required. Our bachelor’s program will allow you to learn the basic skills and knowledge you need for admission into a graduate program.

You can continue your education at BGSU by applying to our:

Hands-on education

Practical classes and clinical observation will be an essential part of your curriculum.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • Phonetics (study of speech sounds)
  • Speech and Language Acquisition and Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • Language Assessment and Intervention
  • Introduction to Audiology

Updated: 12/12/2023 03:49PM