Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Course Sequence by Name, Semester offered, and Pre/Co Requsites
Course NumberCourse Name and DescriptionNumber of UnitsSemester Offered
SPA 201 Introduction to Communication Disorders: Introduction to the characteristics of communication disorders and the impact on individuals and their families. Discussion of cultural and linguistic diversity in communication skills. 3 Fall, Spring
SPA 320 Phonetics: Practical course in the science of speech sounds with emphasis on transcription of the International Phonetic Alphabet. 3 Fall
SPA 330 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Language Mechanism: Anatomical, neurological, physiological, and physical bases of speech, language, and voice production. 3 Spring
SPA 331 Neuroscience for Speech Pathology & Audiology: Neuro-anatomical/physiological bases of human communication and swallowing; higher cortical function; sensory, motor, and autonomic nervous systems; neurological development across the lifespan; principles of neuroplasticity. 3 Fall
SPA 340 Speech and Language Development: Traditional and psycholinguistic approaches to language and speech development in children. 3 Fall, Spring
SPA 345 Seminar in Clinical Procedure: Observation and synthesis of clinical services. 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
SPA 362 Introduction to Audiology I: Introduction to physics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the ear, medical and surgical aspects of hearing loss, basic audiometric techniques for adults, and hearing conservation. 3 Spring
SPA 364 Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders: Etiology, assessment and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders. 3 Spring
SPA 365 Introduction to Audiology II: Rationale and procedures used in the evaluation of hearing loss. Laboratory exercises. 3 Fall
SPA 366 Speech & Hearing Science: Fundamentals of the science of sound applied to speech and hearing. 3 Fall
SPA 370 Methods of Clinical Management: Therapy and clinical management of problems of disordered speech and language. Includes clinical equipment and materials for use in public school and medical-setting management programs. 3 Fall, Spring
SPA 400 Assessment of Communication Disorders: Appraisal and diagnosis of speech and language disorders including infant/toddler, preschool, school-aged, and adult populations. 3 Fall
SPA 421 Communication and Aging: Aspects of healthy aging and acquired disorders of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. 3 Spring
SPA 463 Research and Clinical Experience in Audiology: Researching contemporary issues and methods in Audiology. Clinical observation to be gained off-campus in addition to on campus laboratory experiences. 2 Spring, Summer
SPA 464 Practicum in Clinical Audiology: Supervised clinical procedures in diagnostic hearing examinations and management techniques. 1 Fall, Spring, Summer
SPA 466 Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation: An overview of the effects of hearing loss and communication and current methods for management of patients with hearing loss 3 Spring
SPA 467 Communication and Language Disorders in Children: Overview of the nature, assessment, and treatment of communication and language impairments in children. 3 Spring
SPA 491 Extended Classroom Experience in Speech-Language Pathology: Prior course knowledge reinforced and extended through subsequent course offerings. Develop teaching and peer tutoring skills by assisting in classroom activities. 2 Fall, Spring
SPA 494 Workshops and Institutes: Intensive study of special topics in speech pathology and audiology. 2 Fall, Spring, Summer
SPA 495 Independent Study: Intensive study of special topics in speech pathology or audiology on an individual basis. 1 - 3
AM 145 American Sign Language I: Development of signing and finger spelling skills to provide knowledge of basic signs used today. 4

Fall, Summer, Winter, Spring

AM 146 American Sign Language II: Using the sign language skills learned in AM 145, students will broaden their vocabulary and communication skills using sign language 4 Spring, Summer

See catalog for pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements.

Many courses meet Silver Core Objectives; please see course catalog for further information.