Since the master's degree is the minimum level of preparation for persons seeking professional careers in this field, the undergraduate curriculum leading to the bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science does not qualify an individual to work professionally in the field. Instead, it is designed primarily to prepare students for graduate work. Hence, the undergraduate program emphasizes the normal process of speech, hearing, and language. The undergraduate program also may be taken by students earning College of Liberal Arts degrees who are not seeking careers in this field.
Currently, there are approximately 300 students enrolled as speech and hearing science majors at Iowa.