The speech sciences major program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide a strong foundation in speech-language pathology and audiology.


The major in speech sciences requires 51 credits in linguistics and related areas, subject to the following requirements. In addition to the required linguistic courses, students must take upper and lower-level Psychology (PSYC) courses and Audiology (AUDI) courses.

Recommended courses:

  • LING 100 or 101;
  • PHYS 100 or 101;
  • PHYS 341;
  • BIOL 153 or 155;
  • PSYC 207 or 208 (when the topic is relevant to Speech Sciences or Linguistics)

*Note: 100-level LING courses do not count toward Honours, Major or Minor programs in Speech Sciences. “Recommended” courses are additional courses that may help you better understand and succeed in the required courses for the program. There’s no necessity that you complete any or all of them; they are simply ones that you may find helpful, especially if your own background is somewhat weaker in those areas.

Required courses:

  • all of LING 200, 201, 209 and 222; and
  • both PSYC 101 and 102; and
  • both LING 333 and STAT 203; and
  • all of LING 300, 311, 313, 314; and
  • LING 447; and
  • either LING 451 or 452; and
  • an additional 9 credits numbered 300 or higher (possibly including additional sections of LING 447). These 9 credits may include any LING courses numbered 300 or higher and any of the pre-approved upper-level course in related areas listed here. Courses from outside Linguistics that are not listed on that page must be approved by the Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor. Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology can use these credits to meet admission eligibility requirements for specific programs they will be applying to (e.g., AUDI 402, AUDI 403, PSYC courses).


Note: undergraduate students may enrol in graduate-level courses if they meet the requirements; see the UBC calendar and the graduate school for more information. Such courses can count toward upper-level credit requirements (i.e., as courses numbered 300 or higher).


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