Communication Sciences and Disorders

One out of every six Americans has a communication disorder. Each one can be helped in some way by a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or speech, language, and hearing scientist. Grounded in the latest scientific theories and research, Western's Communication Sciences and Disorder (CSD) students learn to assess and treat persons with communication disorders – from infants to the elderly. Students use state-of-the-art lab equipment and analysis procedures as they study sound, speech, language, and hearing.

CSD includes two disciplines, speech-language pathology and audiology. The academic and clinical curriculum at the undergraduate level includes a wide range of courses and clinical practicum opportunities. Students study normal communication processes including language development, speech, acoustics, hearing science, anatomy and physiology, and disorder studies in language disorders, phonological disorders, and hearing disorders. Students also have the opportunity for observation through the on-campus hearing, speech-language, and aural rehabilitation clinics, which see more than 800 clients from the community.

Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty are active in augmentative and alternative communication research, brain injury research, cochlear implant rehabilitation research, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Beyond the Classroom

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department values service learning, offering clinical observations and services through the Western Washington University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Faculty train students in clinical preparation, present nationally and internationally, are involved with a variety of research topics, and lead a global service learning trip to Guatemala. Student internships and other service learning opportunities within the local and broader communities are encouraged. 

Recent Student Internships:

  • Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Edmonds School District

Students also have the opportunity to get involved with Western’s National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) club. 

 

Adolpho Dominguez IV
CSD Student

“The CSD major is incredibly multidisciplinary and yet maintains a direct focus on communication. I’ve been able to study human development, embryology, the physics of sound, anatomy, and physiology of the speech mechanism, and the list goes on. I have been exposed to a well-rounded curriculum from passionate professors.”

Careers and Graduate Studies

With the changing makeup of our population comes the need for speech-language-hearing professionals who are skilled in working in a complex and diverse society. For people with the proper education and flexibility, employment prospects are excellent, and the ability to contribute positively to people’s lives is limitless. 

The undergraduate education prepares students to pursue a graduate degree. A master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or a clinical doctorate degree in Audiology and certification at the national level are required to engage in professional practice. 

Western graduates who pursue graduate studies are doing so at such schools as: 

  • Duke University: Nursing 
  • Washington State University: Speech and Hearing Sciences (MA) 
  • Western Washington University: Speech-Language Pathology (MA)
  • Western Washington University: Doctorate in Audiology (AuD)

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Advanced Audiology: Office Manager/Audiology Assistant
  • Eastmont School District: Speech Pathologist
  • Family Care Network: Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Support
  • Providence Health Services: Registered Behavior Technician
  • Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Speech-Language Pathologist 
  • Speech-Language Scientist 
  • Government/Industry Consultant 
  • Audiologist 
  • Hearing Scientist 
  • Clinic Administrator

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Chemistry/Physics—Secondary

Western's programs in Secondary Education are designed to prepare thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective middle and secondary school teachers for a diverse society. Learning to teach Chemistry and Physics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of chemistry and physics, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.

Western’s Secondary Education program in Chemistry/Physics provides many benefits to students, such as close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. Students in this program have direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, as well as opportunities for research work under the direction of a faculty advisor. 

This program is designed for those who wish to earn Washington residency certification to teach middle and/or high school and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education

Western’s Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy departments are part of the College of Science and Engineering.

Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities beyond classroom study are a cornerstone of the Chemistry Department. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present the results of their research at a national conference or during Western’s annual Scholars Week. Undergraduate and graduate students often coauthor papers published in scientific literature.  

The Physics Department also offers ways for students to pursue their area of interest outside of the class room. Active research programs in astronomy, theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, and physics education research actively recruit students. These research opportunities allow students to participate in cutting edge research. Students are also encouraged to approach faculty individually and inquire about research opportunities. 

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Secondary Education Teacher

Chemistry/Mathematics—Secondary

There is a demand for qualified teachers at the secondary level, and there is an even greater need for quality mathematics and chemistry teachers – teachers who care about students, have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics and chemistry and who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.

Western’s Secondary Education program in Chemistry/Mathematics provides many benefits to students, such as close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. Students in this program have direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, as well as opportunities for research work under the direction of a faculty advisor. 

This program is designed for those who wish to earn Washington residency certification to teach middle and/or high school and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. 

Western’s Chemistry and Mathematics departments are part of the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Beyond the Classroom

As a prospective teacher, Western encourages students to focus on expanding their personal understanding of Mathematics and Chemistry and to capitalize on opportunities to work with pre-college students as a tutor, classroom assistant, practicum student, and as a novice teacher in their internship. 

Chemistry students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present the results of their research at a national conference or during Western’s annual Scholars Week. Undergraduate and graduate students often coauthor papers published in scientific literature.  

Mathematics students stay involved with mathematics outside of the classroom by working in the  Math Center – staffed by undergraduate math fellows, it is a great place to get help with homework, meet other students, and form study groups – joining the Putnam Exam group, or participating in the Math Modeling Competition or the Kryptos Cryptography Competition. You might also work on a research or independent study project with faculty.

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Chemistry/Biology—Secondary

Western's Chemistry and Biology programs provide close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes, direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and opportunities for cutting-edge research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Within the Chemistry Department, faculty are active in many research areas including biofuels, protein engineering, computer modeling, catalysis, nanomaterials, materials for solar cells, electrochemistry, polymers, thin films, protein structural analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography, and organic synthesis.

The Department of Chemistry, in addition to its core of fundamental studies in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, has added a variety of elective courses that offer diversity in training, study and research at the undergraduate level. 

This program is designed for those who wish to earn Washington residency certification to teach middle and/or high school and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in secondary education offered through Woodring College of Education. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities beyond classroom study are a cornerstone of the Chemistry Department. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present the results of their research at a national conference or during Western’s annual Scholars Week. Undergraduate and graduate students often coauthor papers that are published in scientific literature. 

The department strives to offer a diverse and vibrant seminar program. Each year leading researchers, as well as faculty and graduate students from Western, present and discuss their cutting-edge research. 

Western Chemistry students might also be involved in the Chemistry Club (WEsTeRn Chem Club) – a Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. The chapter provides students at Western with an opportunity to gain information on educational and professional opportunities and activates. Most importantly, the chapter gets students involved with fun social and service activities that help strengthen bonds among students and faculty.

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • High School Chemistry/Biology Teacher

College of Science and Engineering (was Sciences and Technology)

Chemistry

Western's Chemistry programs provide close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes, direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and opportunities for cutting-edge research under the direction of a faculty advisor. 

Within the department, faculty are active in many research areas including biofuels, protein engineering, computer modeling, catalysis, nanomaterials, materials for solar cells, electrochemistry, polymers, thin films, protein structural analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography, and organic synthesis.

Western’s Chemistry Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Catherine Miles
Chemistry Student

“My professors are as excited about chemistry as I am. They teach with such vigor that you can’t help getting excited. I believe I’m getting one of the best undergraduate educations possible.”

The Department of Chemistry, in addition to its core of fundamental studies in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, has added a variety of elective courses that offer diversity in training, study and research at the undergraduate level. Students are immersed in an environment emphasizing strong interdisciplinary scientific preparation, and receive hands-on experience with advanced chemical and biochemical methods.  

The Chemistry Department at Western Washington University is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and students who complete the Bachelor of Science in the Chemistry program receive ACS certification of their degree.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities beyond classroom study are a cornerstone of the Chemistry Department. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present the results of their research at a national conference or during Western’s annual Scholars Week. Undergraduate and graduate students often coauthor papers that are published in scientific literature. 

The department strives to offer a diverse and vibrant seminar program. Each year leading researchers, as well as faculty and graduate students from Western, present and discuss their cutting-edge research. 

Western Chemistry students might also be involved in the Chemistry Club (WEsTeRn Chem Club) – a Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. The chapter provides students at Western with an opportunity to gain information on educational and professional opportunities and activates. Most importantly, the chapter gets students involved with fun social and service activities that help strengthen bonds among students and faculty.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Graduates have gone on to careers in medicine, aerospace, microelectronics, biotechnology, community college teaching, the energy sector, and many other fields.

Employers of recent Western graduates: 

  • Ecig Express: Lab Technician 
  • Pacific National Laboratories: Research Assistant 
  • Phillips 66: Lab Technician 
  • TOKU-E: Laboratory Technician 

Western graduates who pursue graduate studies are doing so at such schools as: 

  • University of California: Chemistry (PhD)
  • University of Chicago: Chemistry (PhD)
  • University of Illinois: Physical Chemistry (PhD)
  • University of Massachusetts: Chemistry (PhD)
  • University of Oregon: Chemistry (MS)
  • Western Washington University: Chemistry (MS) 

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Chemical/Pharmaceutical Sales 
  • Crime Lab Analyst 
  • High School Teacher 
  • Industrial Chemist 
  • Veterinarian 
  • Technical Writing 
  • Forensic Scientist 
  • Quality Assurance Specialist 
  • Research Scientist 
  • Physician 
  • Occupational Safety Specialist

 

Chemistry

Western's Chemistry programs provide close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes, direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and opportunities for cutting-edge research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Within the department, faculty are active in many research areas including biofuels, protein engineering, computer modeling, catalysis, nanomaterials, materials for solar cells, electrochemistry, polymers, thin films, protein structural analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography, and organic synthesis.

The Department of Chemistry, in addition to its core of fundamental studies in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, has added a variety of elective courses that offer diversity in training, study and research at the undergraduate level. 

Catherine Miles
Chemistry Student

“My professors are as excited about chemistry as I am. They teach with such vigor that you can’t help getting excited. I believe I’m getting one of the best undergraduate educations possible.”

Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities beyond classroom study are a cornerstone of the Chemistry Department. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects and to present the results of their research at a national conference or during Western’s annual Scholars Week. Undergraduate and graduate students often coauthor papers that are published in scientific literature. 

The department strives to offer a diverse and vibrant seminar program. Each year leading researchers, as well as faculty and graduate students from Western, present and discuss their cutting-edge research. 

Western Chemistry students might also be involved in the Chemistry Club (WEsTeRn Chem Club) – a Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. The chapter provides students at Western with an opportunity to gain information on educational and professional opportunities and activates. Most importantly, the chapter gets students involved with fun social and service activities that help strengthen bonds among students and faculty. 

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

After graduation, our alumni have continued their education in chemistry graduate schools, medical schools, or other professional fields, and have successful careers in education, aerospace, microelectronics, biotechnology, and the energy and business sectors. The success of these graduates attests to the quality of our programs.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Chemical/Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • High School Teacher
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Physician
  • Technical Writing
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Science Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Scientist/Consultant
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • College Professor

 

Canadian-American Studies

Canada and the United States share a continent and are linked by deep economic ties, several common historical experiences, and many cultural similarities; they are also marked by real and important differences.

The Canadian-American Studies major helps students to understand and navigate these similarities and differences, preparing them to engage key cultural, environmental, and economic issues in North America today and in the future through three specializations:

  • Canadian-American Relations
  • Canadian Histories/Cultures/Identities
  • Francophone Canada

Additionally, students may design their own specialization in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Why Consider a Canadian-American Studies Major?

On its own, the major provides an excellent international and interdisciplinary course of study for students looking for a broad-based, liberal arts education. By drawing upon courses from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the major explores key concepts and methods across multiple disciplines and applies them to complex problems in our shared regional and continental contexts.

Through identified specializations, the major is also designed to combine with other majors to add depth and international expertise. Examples include combining Canadian-American Studies’ specializations with: anthropology, economics, environmental policy and science, geography, history, international business, languages, or political science.

“For a Canadian-American Studies major, being 20 minutes from Canada has its advantages. The program is also customizable, which allowed me to take a variety of courses ranging from environmental studies to political science.” -Julia Barnes, student

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the classroom, the Center and Club Canada offer opportunities for students to immerse themselves in Canadian culture by holding events such as hockey and broom ball games, regional food celebrations, film screenings, guest speakers and faculty talks, and field excursions to Vancouver, Whistler, and more.

The Center provides support and resources to students interested in participating in relevant internships, including opportunities with the Canadian Consulate in Seattle.

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Canadian-American Studies curriculum prepares students for careers related to art and literature, education and research, environmental policy, diplomacy, international business, international law, and politics. 

Recent Western graduates have found fulfilling careers working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, directing internet marketing for a Canada-US import/export firm, serving as a US federal government liaison to a municipality for emergency preparedness, working for Google in their map division, and coordinating border and emergency management programs for the cross-border Pacific Northwest Economic Region.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Art and Literature
  • Education and Research
  • Environmental Policy
  • Diplomacy
  • International Business
  • International Law
  • Politics

Department of Canadian-American Studies

Business Administration—Operations Management Concentration

Western's Business Administration programs explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.

Operations Management determines what equipment, labor, tools, facilities, materials, energy, and information are required, how these can best be obtained, and how they are used to satisfy the requirements of the market place. Operations managers are concerned with each step in providing a service or product — from acquisition of the raw materials and component parts to delivery to the customer. Operations managers are also responsible for critical activities such as quality management and control, capacity planning, materials management, purchasing, and scheduling.

The Operations Management program and Decision Sciences Department are part of the College of Business and Economics.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. 

Students can also join Western's Chapter of APICS — the Association for Operations Management. APICS provides support and supplemental education to students, hosting weekly meetings and special events open to any that would like to attend. Club activities link the students' academic education to current developments within industry. Activities include: 

  • Industry professional speakers 
  • Professional development meetings
  • Facility tours
  • Simulation exercises
  • Career skill workshops

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Department of Decision Sciences opens the door to a variety of high-tech jobs. Graduates work for firms as analysts, finding flaws and creating a more efficient and streamlined approaches for their clients. Work settings can range from deep inside a datacenter server room to a system consultant overseeing production in a foreign country. 

Recent Student Internships: 

  • ChemPoint.com 
  • Fluke
  • Superfeet

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • B/E Aerospace: Buyer 
  • Boeing Defense, Space, and Security: Procurement Agent 
  • Cascade DAFO: Digital Modifier 
  • Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle: Community Relations Manager 
  • Fluke: Production Master Scheduler and OSP Scheduler
  • ING Financial Partners: Investment Advisor Representative
  • JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc.: Carrier Sales Coordinator
  • Pearl Izumi: Systems Process Administrator

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Production Supervisor 
  • Quality Control Specialist 
  • Inventory Control Specialist 
  • Administrator 
  • Operations Manager 
  • Buyer 
  • Supply Chain Consultant 
  • Logistics Manager

Department of Decision Sciences

Business Administration—Marketing Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and to develop understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

While many people think marketing is all about sales and advertising, that perception is far from what marketing encompasses. Marketing means satisfying the wants and needs of customers by building mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and customers. By creating value for customers, marketers help increase the value of organizations. Marketing tools and strategies are used in both for-profit business and non-profit organizations. 

The Marketing Concentration provides students with coursework that is intellectually stimulating and directly useful in today's marketing profession. Students study marketing as it relates to a variety of activities in: new product development, pricing strategies and implementation, various communications including traditional advertising, digital media, personal selling, distribution, management of services, and brand management.

Western’s Finance and Marketing Department is part of the College of Business and Economics.

 

"While doing my internship in Hollywood, I learned that communication and confidence are the key to success.  You are a brand and you must learn how to make yourself known.  A marketing degree definitely helps with that."

–Samantha Jones, Katalyst Films

Beyond the Classroom

Students are strongly encouraged to take as many relevant electives as possible, participate in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, find a marketing internship. These experiences provide students with valuable contacts and experiences that will be meaningful to prospective employers. 

The Student Marketing Association (SMA) is a group of students looking to develop and practice the marketing skills learned in a classroom setting. SMA hosts professional readiness workshops, speakers, mixers, and other networking opportunities.

Careers and Graduate Studies

A degree in Marketing opens doors to numerous career opportunities. Nearly every area of business is somehow related to marketing, which provides students with a well-versed set of experiences and knowledge. 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Amazon: Technical Account Manager
  • Bigfin.com: Digital Marketing Assistant
  • FSR Wealth Managment: Client Services and Office Manager
  • SEO Works: Digital Analyst
  • Zillow: Marketing Account Manager
  • Windermere Real Estate: Broker
  • Allen Partners, Inc.: Marketing Coordinator and Operations Assistant 
  • Art Gamblin Motors: Digital Media Specialist 
  • Below the Boat: Marketing Director
  • K2: Web Developer and Marketing
  • Pandora Internet Radio: Marketing Coordinator
  • Razorfish: Assistant Media Planner

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Business Administration—Management Information Systems Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

In the Management Information Systems Concentration students learn how information technology can contribute to an organization, and how to develop and apply information technology based business solutions. The concentration teaches students to combine their understanding of business, information systems and technology to help organizations compete more successfully by streamlining current operations. 

Western’s Decision Sciences Department is part of the College of Business and Economics, which prepares students for positions of leadership and  stewardship in management and administration sectors of complex organizations — from small  companies to large multinational enterprises. 

 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include:  

  • Study Abroad: Study business at institutions around the world through Western's study abroad program.
  • Management Information Systems Association: The MISA engages and educates current and future MIS students. MISA hosts industry professionals, visits companies and tours their facilities, has a virtual mentor program, and creates group events for networking purposes.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Management Information Systems opens the door to many high-tech jobs in this fast paced field. You may work in areas as diverse as managing networks, databases, IT projects, telecommunication systems, computer security systems, or websites. Your work setting can range from deep inside a datacenter to a system consultant overseeing projects in a foreign country. 

Employers of Recent Graduates: 

  • ATG Stores: .NET Web Applications Developer
  • Boeing: IS Analyst, IT, Programmer, Information Technology, Network Architect, Functional Analyst, IT Systems Analyst, and Programmer Analyst 
  • Costco: Accounting Report Analyst
  • Expedia: Web Analyst 
  • Holland America: Database Administrator 
  • Imprev: Systems Engineer 
  • Larson Gross PLLC: IT Assistant
  • Liberty Mutual: IT Analyst 
  • Microsoft: Associate Consultant
  • Northwest Business Technology Group: Technician  
  • Peace Corp: Assistant English Teacher/Computer Operations 
  • QuickPivot: Technical Consultant
  • Safeco: Quality Assurance IT Analyst 
  • Seattle Area Pipe Trades: IT Administrator 
  • SPIE: Software Engineer
  • Suddath Relocation Systems LLC: PC Technician
  • Starbucks: Contract Specialist 
  • Teleion Consulting: Associate Analyst
  • Trans Ocean Products: Application and Report Developer 
  • Western Washington University: Project Analyst

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Systems Analyst 
  • Computer Systems Manager 
  • Software Test Analyst 
  • Administrator 
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Website Developer

 

Department of Decision Sciences

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