Speech and Hearing Science Major

Prepare for a future that makes a difference in the lives of people who need your professional skill. Our Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech and Hearing Science will give you an excellent foundation for entry into a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology with coursework that is a blend of theoretical knowledge, research, and clinical practice. A master’s degree is necessary to practice as a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and a clinical doctorate, an Au.D., is needed to work as a licensed, certified audiologist. This program provides a comprehensive knowledge base for further graduate study.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 120

Career Potential

  • Graduate school
  • With a Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology or an Au.D. in audiology, you can work in
    • Schools
    • Medical centers
    • Clinics 
    • Acute care
    • Skilled nursing facilities
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Universities
    • Private practice
    • Industry

Special Features

  • Faculty members, dedicated to teaching cutting-edge theory and clinical methods, are also involved in research, scholarship and professional standard-setting
  • The Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders gives students both opportunities for clinical observation and the possibility to participate in delivering clinical services to the community
  • Independent study working with faculty on research 
  • Study Abroad experiences

A student and young patient interact in the Speech and Hearing Clinic

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular activities:

Student Clubs

The Cortland Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a large student organization actively engaged in community activities, mentoring, peer networking, a bi-annual conference, and a variety of social events.

Fast Facts

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Speech-language pathologist was ranked seventh in 100 best jobs by U.S. News.
  • Audiologist was ranked 26th in health care careers by U.S. News.

Awards and Scholarships

We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Communication Disorders and Sciences Professional Promise Award
  • Judith Smith Kelemen Junior Award
  • Judith Smith Kelemen Senior Award
  • Kathleen W. Green Award

See all scholarship opportunities

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
Phone: 607-753-5423
Fax: 607-753-5940