College of Health and Human Services2012-2013

Department of Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies - Speech-Language Sciences and Technology, Bachelor of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2014

This flexible bachelor's degree offers you an opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet your individual educational needs. You may choose this degree if you plan to enter an occupation that requires a broad general education, if you are seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, or if you are considering a preprofessional plan.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Speech-Language Sciences and Technology?

As part of the allied health professions, speech-language pathology represents one of the fastest growing fields in the country. If you have an interest in speech-language sciences and also want the advantage of a broad educational experience, the degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Speech-Language Sciences and Technology might fit the bill.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-certified and have extensive experience and specialized training in various aspects of clinical speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, and hearing science. Through your coursework in human communication, you will obtain the preprofessional requirements necessary to enter many graduate programs in communication disorders. Plus, a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies gives you a well-rounded education that is useful in many other fields.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Research

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Corporate speech pathologist
  • Speech pathology researcher
  • Speech pathology instructor
  • Public health speech pathologist


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 66-69 units of major requirements including a specialization (27 units); either a concentration, minor, or certificate (15-18 units); and interdisciplinary studies requirements which include a science requirement (24 units)
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
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Details

Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Contact the department of your specialization for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to your major.
    • You may use courses with prefixes in your specialization area to fulfill liberal studies, but you may not use the same course(s) to satisfy your specialization requirements and your liberal studies requirements.
    • You may not use the specific courses in your concentration to satisfy liberal studies requirements.
    • If you do use some courses to meet more than one requirement, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your Interdisciplinary Studies advisor for details.
Major Requirements
  • Take the following 66 - 69 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    Speech-Language Sciences and Technology Specialization (27 units)This Specialization offers a unique perspective on human interaction that can serve in any field of endeavor, and it provides the preprofessional coursework you need to pursue graduate education in communication sciences and disorders, including Northern Arizona University's graduate program in clinical speech pathology.

    Concentration, Minor, or Certificate Requirements (15-18 units)
    • Concentration (15 units)
      Take at least 15 units that include a minimum of 3 units in each of the following blocks: Ethical Reasoning; Creative Inquiry; Scientific Reasoning; Changing Worlds; and Cultural Perspectives. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not have been used to satisfy any other requirement for this degree. At least 9 units must be taken at Northern Arizona University and at least 6 units of the 9 units must be upper-division (300- or 400-level).
    • Minor (18 units)
      You may also fulfill this requirement by completing a minor outside your specialization field, instead of either a concentration or certificate. The minor, which will require at least 18 units, must be completed according to the requirements listed in your catalog of graduation. Refer to specific academic areas within this catalog for information about the coursework requirements for particular minors you may be interested in. (Please note that not all minors are available statewide or online.)

    • Certificate (15 units)
      You may also fulfill this requirement by completing a certificate outside your specialization field, instead of either a concentration or a minor. The certificate, which will require at least 15 units, must be completed according to the requirements listed in your catalog of graduation. Refer to specific academic areas within this catalog for information about the coursework requirements for particular certificates you may be interested in. (Please note that not all certificates are available statewide or online.)
Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Computer Literacy (6 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, data base management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Course(s) must have been taken within 10 years of admittance to Northern Arizona University.
  • Communication Courses (6 units)
    You must choose 6 units in the following two categories. At least 3 units of the 6 units must be upper-division.
    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies/BAS Advisory Council.
  • Science Requirement, select from the following (12 units):
    Please note: at least 6 units must be upper-division; other courses must be pre-approved by the program director; courses taken in the Science Requirement may not be used to satisfy any other requirements in the degree plan.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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