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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Undergraduate Admission

The undergraduate program in Speech and Hearing Sciences is pre-professional. The course of study emphasizes physiological, neurological, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of normal development, fundamental communication processes, and disorders of communication. Given the rigorous nature of the coursework and the need to prepare students for professional (graduate) training in speech-language pathology and audiology, or to work in a pre-professional role, students must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to certify a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences:

  • Have earned a minimum of 24 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  • If matriculating through WSU Pullman, have taken, or currently enrolled in, SHS 205, Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology;
  • Have satisfied all UCORE and elective requirements, with the exception of the Tier III requirement prior to transitioning to the WSU Spokane Health Sciences campus in the fifth semester;
  • Have earned at least 45 of the total semester hours required for the bachelor’s degree in this program in 300- to 400-level courses;
  • Have fulfilled the university requirement of completing two Writing in the Major courses, designated [M]. Both SHS 473 and SHS 482 carry [M] designation.

Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will not be accepted to Speech and Hearing Sciences. There is no appeal available to an applicant who fails to meet these minimum requirements.

Preparing to Study
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is located on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus. Undergraduate students planning to pursue a degree in speech and hearing sciences must complete UCORE and elective coursework on the WSU Pullman campus or at another institution prior to transitioning to Spokane to complete upper-division degree requirements in the major. In addition, students transitioning from WSU Pullman must complete SHS 205 (Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) before moving to Spokane. With the exception of the Tier III requirement, UCOREs are not offered at WSU Spokane. Some limited online course options may be available.

Undergraduate students should complete the following prerequisites or their equivalents prior to starting the program:

  • Biology 106 (L) or Biology 102 (L)
  • Chemistry 101 (L) or Physics 101 (L)
  • Psychology 105
  • Stats/Math 212

Individuals wishing to study Speech and Hearing Sciences at WSU Health Sciences Spokane should keep the following suggestions in mind during preparation studies:

  • A strong and broad high school background in humanities, social sciences, languages, and math and sciences is strongly suggested and highly beneficial.
  • Students wishing to apply to the graduate program—which prepares students for certification and licensure as a speech-language pathologist—must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for consideration.
  • Consultation with an adviser within the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences should occur as early as possible in academic planning.


  • SHS 201: American Sign Language I
  • SHS 202: American Sign Language II
SHS 205: Intro to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • SHS 371: Language Development
  • SHS 372: Hearing and Hearing Disorders
  • SHS 375: Phonetics
  • SHS 376: Speech Sound Disorders
  • SHS 377: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production
  • SHS 378: Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • SHS 451: Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • SHS 461: Clinical Methods
  • SHS 471: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in Schools
  • SHS 472: Audiometry
  • SHS 473: Language and Literacy
  • SHS 477: Aural Rehabilitation
  • SHS 478: Language Impairment
  • SHS 479: Neuroanatomy
  • SHS 480: Senior Seminar
  • SHS 482: Assessment of Speech and Language

Go to the Course of Study tab to see courses taken by year/semester.


SHS electives (17 credits required) include any course 200-level or above, in consultation with your advisor, that will support a good foundation in speech-language pathology or audiology.  Students are highly encouraged to complete their electives before transferring to Spokane, as most of these courses are only available in Pullman.

Pass/Fail Grading

All courses taken in the major field or courses needed to meet departmental requirements may NOT be taken on a pass/fail basis, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. Electives also may NOT be taken on a pass/fail basis.


The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and access to programs for all students. Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Accommodations must be approved through Liz West, assistant director of Student Affairs, Academic Center 130, 509-358-7534 or For more information, go to the WSU Spokane disability resources page.