Neuroscience of Communication Concentration

Students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the neurological systems that underlie human communication. Curriculum will focus on the biological basis of communication in order to understand brain-behavior correlates of typical and disordered speech, language, and hearing function. In addition, students will benefit from faculty research that utilizes innovative technologies to study the structure and function of the sensory-motor systems that underlie human communication abilities. This concentration is intended to help prepare students for health and science-related careers, including medicine and neuroscience. In addition, undergraduates interested in pursuing careers as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist can combine this concentration with pre-certification requirements.

General Education Requirements (37-51 credit hrs)

Core Courses (25 credit hrs) – These are the same across all four SHS concentrations.

  • SHS 170 - Human Comm: Systems, Processes & Disorders (3)
  • SHS 191X - Orientation for SHS Majors (1)
  • SHS 200 - General Phonetics (3)
  • SHS 240 - Intro to Sound and Hearing Science (3)
  • SHS 300 - Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (4)
  • SHS 301 - General Speech Science (4)
  • SHS 320 - Development of Spoken Language (3)
  • SHS 450 - Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Disorders (4)

Concentration Requirements (16-17 credit hrs)

  • SHS 280 - Communication Neuroscience (3)
  • SHS 285 - Quantitative Bases in SHS (3)
  • SHS 389 - Neuroplasticity & Communication (3)
  • SHS 427 - Language and the Brain (3)
  • SHS 470 - Neural Bases in Speech Language (4)

Specified Electives (6 credit hrs)

  • Any Chemistry or Physics 100-level class (3)
  • IB 100 - Biological Sciences (cannot be double counted as a Gen. Ed.) (3)
  • PSYC 230 - Perception and Sensory Processes (3)
  • PSYC 248 - Learning and Memory (3)
  • PSYC 204 - Introduction to Brain and Cognition (3)
  • PSYC 216 - Child Psychology (3) or EPSY 236 Child Development in Education (3)
  • PSYC 224 - Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • SHS 271 - Communication and Aging (3)
  • SHS 291 - Research Lab Experience in SHS (1-3)
  • SHS 375 - Communication Partners and Health (3)
  • SHS 473 - Augmentative & Alternative Communication (3)

Electives (22-24 credit hrs)