Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies: Speech Language Sciences and Technology

Learn about human communication and disorders with this degree program and earn a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS).

In this program, you will dive into speech-language pathology or audiology through a semester of 27 credit hours in Speech Language Sciences and Technology (SST). Online and on-campus classes give you the foundation you need for a graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

View our program goals and student outcomes.

Why our program is different

Many undergraduate degrees in communication sciences and disorders may not fully prepare you for the reality of today’s workforce requirements. Very specialized undergraduate degrees in education can limit you in the job market.

Here, you will experience a more practical program, one that covers a broader range of studies. For example, we offer leveling courses to help prepare you for graduate work, and a Speech-Language Pathology Assistance (SLPA) certificate as a speech-language pathology assistant.

Your degree will consist of a minimum of 120 hours:

  • 35 credit hours of liberal studies
  • a minimum of 56 credit hour of Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum courses. This includes: 
    • 27 hours of speech language sciences and technology courses
    • 15 hours of concentration area courses
    • 23 hours in communication skills courses
  • electives to reach the 120-hour minimum requirement.

Degree progression plans

Speech-Language Sciences and Technology, Bachelor of Arts
Speech-Language Sciences and Technology, Bachelor of Science 

Not sure if you want an emphasis in speech language sciences and technology?

We suggest you take SST 191–Communication Disorders in Literature and Media, an introductory course that covers many aspects of the profession of speech-language pathology.

The course examines communication disorders in literature and media and how this portrayal has formed society’s perception of those with communication disorders. Also, you will discuss each communication disorder from a clinical and scientific perspective. It is a good way to get your feet wet in this field, examine your own perceptions about those with communication disorders, and see if a profession in this field is the right fit.

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