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David L. McPherson, Chair
136 TLRB, (801) 378-4318

David O. McKay School of Education Advisement Center
120 MCKB, (801) 378-3426

Admission to Degree Program

The degree program in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is open enrollment.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree a student must fill three groups of requirements: (1) general education requirements, (2) university requirements, and (3) major requirements.

General Education Requirements

Students should contact their college advisement center for information about general education courses that will also fill major requirements.

Languages of Learning

Precollege Math (zero to one course)
(or Math ACT score of at least 22)
03.0 hours
First-Year Writing (one course) 3.0
Advanced Writing (one course) 3.0
Advanced Languages/Math/Music
(one to four courses)

Liberal Arts Core

Biological Science (one to two courses) 36.0
Physical Science (one to two courses) 37.0
American Heritage (one to two courses) 36.0
Wellness (one to three courses) 1.52.0
Civilization (two courses) 6.0

Arts and Sciences Electives

Arts and Letters (one course) 3.0
Natural Sciences (one course) 34.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences (one course) 3.0

Note 1: For a complete list of courses that will fill each GE category, see the General Education section of the current class schedule.

Note 2: Additional information about general education requirements can be found in the General Education section of the current class schedule or this catalog.

Minimum University Requirements

Religion 14.0
Residency 30.0
Hours needed to graduate 120.0

Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0.

Note: See the Graduation section of this catalog for more information.

Major Requirements

Complete the major requirements listed for the following undergraduate degree program.

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

BS Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Minor Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs and Degrees

MS Audiology
MS Speech-Language Pathology

For more information see the BYU 20012002 Graduate Catalog.

BS Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (54 hours*)

The Discipline

Audiology is a relatively new discipline that relies on technology to deal with its primary concern, the measurement of hearing and hearing loss. Audiology includes studying the nervous system to learn how we sense, perceive, and derive information from the sense organs. Audiology students also learn about the development of speech and language, the anatomy and physiology of the ear, a variety of electronic test instruments that reveal the function of the intricate processes involved in hearing, and disorders and diseases of hearing. Physicians use audiological findings to diagnose and treat hearing problems. This information is also used in counseling the hearing impaired and for prescribing hearing aids. Teachers use the knowledge to understand and help children with hearing impairments.

The discipline of speech-language pathology emerged to help people who have lost or have never had the ability to speak normally. It serves persons with speech and language disorders such as stuttering, articulation problems, aphasia, voice problems, language delay, and similar disabilities. Students learn about speech and language development, the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, the neurology of perception and production of speech and language, impairments that cause speech and language disorders, and communication disorders remediation. Professionals work in public schools, hospitals, private or community clinics, or private practice.

Career Opportunities

This is a preprofessional program leading to a master's degree that is required for entrance into the profession.

Major Requirements

  1. Complete the following:
    ASLP 133, 230, 320, 321, 330, 331, 334, 350, 351, 434, 438, 444, 450.
    ASL 101.
    Math 110 (or equivalent).
    Phscs 167.
    Stat 221.
    Zool 260.

  2. Complete 1 hour from the following:
    IP&T 286.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill GE or university requirements.

Minor Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (16 hours)

Minor Requirements

  1. Complete the following:
    ASLP 133.
  2. Complete an additional 14 hours of ASLP courses.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP)

Class Schedule Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Undergraduate Courses

133. Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. (2:2:2) F, W , Alt. term

Overview of communication disorders, assessment strategies, and treatments.

230. Language Science. (3:3:1) F, W

Morphology, syntax, and semantic roles in language of children and adults; uses both manual and computer-assisted methods.

320. Speech Anatomy. (3:3:1) F Prerequisite: Zool 260.

Basic anatomy and physiology of speech mechanisms.

321. Speech Science. (3:3:0) W Prerequisite: ASLP 320, Phscs 167.

Laboratory investigation of scientific bases of normal and disordered speech perception and production; for audiologists and speech language pathologists.

330. Language Development. (3:3:1) F

Overview of how children learn language, including its relationship to cognitive, neural, and social development; language development in bilingual, minority, and handicapped persons.

331. Phonology. (3:3:1) F

Transcription and analysis of normal and disordered sound production.

334. Basic Hearing Science. (3:3:0) F, W Prerequisite: Phscs 167.

Hearing anatomy, physiology, and science.

350. Language Disorders. (3:3:1) W Prerequisite: ASLP 330, 331.

Causes and characteristics of language impairment; techniques for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of language disorders.

351. Disorders of Articulation and Phonology. (3:3:0) W Prerequisite: ASLP 331.

Causes and characteristics of phonological disorders; techniques for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment.

434. Pediatric Audiology. (2:2:1) F, W Prerequisite: ASLP 438.

Basic principles utilized in assessing hearing sensitivity of children from birth to eight years.

438. Hearing Tests and Measures. (3:3:1) F, W Prerequisite: ASLP 334.

Theory and practice of auditory assessment.

444. Speech and Language for the Hearing Impaired. (3:3:3) F, W

Overview of aural habilitation and rehabilitation in children and adults.

450. Professional Practices in Schools, Hospitals, and Clinics. (3:3:0) W Prerequisite: ASLP 350, 351, 438.

Overview of issues related to clinical practice in public schools and other settings.

493R. Readings. (12:Arr.:Arr. ea.) F, W, Sp, Su

500-Level Graduate Courses (available to advanced undergraduates)

500. Research Methods. (3:3:0) F, W Prerequisite: Stat 221 or equivalent.

Research methods in audiology and speech-language pathology. Applying statistical techniques; professional literature and writing.

544. Psychoacoustics. (2:2:1) Alt. term

Advanced studies in human psychoacoustics and hearing science.

573. Aphasia. (3:3:0) W

Perspectives on the neurology, clinical assessment, and rehabilitation of aphasic language disturbances in adults.

574. Communicative Disorders of Individuals with Severe Disabilities. (3:3:0) F

Assessment and treatment of persons with multiple handicaps, including augmentive communication training.

575. Motor Speech Disorders. (3:3:0) F

Neuropathology, symptomology, clinical assessment, and treatment of adult motor speech disorders.

Graduate Courses

For 600- and 700-level courses, see the BYU 20012002 Graduate Catalog.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Faculty


Brinton, Bonnie (1990) BA, U. of Utah, 1975; MA, San Jose State U., 1977; PhD, U. of Utah, 1981.

Culatta, Barbara (2000) BS, California State U. of Pennsylvania, 1969; MA, PhD, U. of Pittsburgh, 1970, 1975.

Fujiki, Martin (1990) BS, U. of Idaho, 1972; MS, PhD, U. of Utah, 1974, 1980.

Harris, Richard (1982) BS, North Dakota State U., 1973; MS, U. of Wisconsin, 1974; PhD, Purdue U.,1978.

McPherson, David L. (1991) BS, Brigham Young U., 1967; MA, George Washington U., 1969; PhD, U. of Washington, 1972.

Associate Professor

Channell, Ron W. (1983) BS, MS, Brigham Young U., 1977, 1979; PhD, U. of Utah, 1983.

Assistant Professor

Dromey, Christopher (2000) BA, Brigham Young U., 1985; MA, State U. of New York, Buffalo, 1990; PhD, U. of Colorado, 1995.

Clinical Assistant Professors

Blair, Nancy (2000) BS, MS, Brigham Young U., 1993, 1995.

Robinson, Lee (1999) BS, MS, Brigham Young U., 1992, 1994.


Allred, Mildred T. Ravsten (1973) BA, MCD, Brigham Young U., 1952, 1971.

Low, Gordon M. (1964) BS, MS, U. of Utah, 1949, 1950; PhD, U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1955.

Lucido, Bonnie Rae (1979) BS, MS, Brigham Young U., 1964, 1966; PhD, U. of Utah, 1994.

Newman, Parley W. (1966) BS, MS, Utah State U., 1950, 1951; PhD, U. of Iowa, 1954.


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