Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students at Northern Michigan University have the option of working on an academic major in speech, language and hearing sciences or an academic minor.

Bachelor of Science

Completion of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology prepares the student for the graduate level education needed to work in either field. A master's degree in speech-language pathology or a doctoral degree in audiology is the entry-level requirement for certification as a professional.

In the first year of study, students focus primarily on the basic university educational requirements for the granting of a bachelor's degree. Examples of coursework that may be taken beginning at the start of the freshman year are:

  • Introductory level courses in animal biology, mathematics and physics
  • Linguistics and technical compositional writing
  • Basic psychology and at least one additional psychology course, such as abnormal psychology or child psychology

Students in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences program will take introductory coursework in speech, language and hearing. Courses relate to anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, hearing science, speech science, articulation, hearing, language and fluency disorders, and aural rehabilitation.

Videotaped and live observation experiences are a required part of the undergraduate program. Opportunities are provided for supervised clinical practicum experiences at the undergraduate level at the NMU Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. Observation of clinical activities precedes actual participation in clinical assignments. Early and frequent advising by a program advisor is necessary because coursework, both inside and out of the department is sequential, with many prerequisite requirements.

Further information about the undergraduate curriculum appears in the University undergraduate catalog.

Undergraduate Minor

Northern Michigan University's undergraduate minor in speech, language and hearing sciences requires a minimum of 20 credit hours and may be of particular interest to students involved in several related cognate areas, including: biology, chemistry, communication arts and sciences, engineering, linguistics, music therapy, vocal music, occupational therapy, nursing, psychology and social work. Pre-professional studies in such curricula as pre-dentistry and pre-medicine can also be augmented meaningfully through inclusion of studies in human communication science and disorders, with particular reference to the study of anatomic, physiologic, neurologic, psycho-social and physical bases of speech, language and hearing.