Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare Christian men and women with the proper foundation for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, so they can one day serve with excellence the millions of people whose lives are affected by various speech, language, hearing, cognitive, and swallowing disorders, problems that touch our sense of humanness.

Degree Program

Upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements, the Communication Sciences and Disorders department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Overall, obtaining a degree in this major requires 56 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustical, cultural, and developmental bases and the nature, etiology, and characteristics of speech, language, hearing, swallowing, and other communication disorders (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate the ability to complete scholarly research and writing in the field of communication sciences and disorders (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate their ability to integrate their faith into clinical practice (ULO 2).
  4. Develop diagnostic and intervention plans for individuals with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

GPA Requirements

All majors must achieve a minimum grade of a "C" in all major courses taken at Biola. Anyone receiving a lower grade must repeat the course with a higher grade to receive credit for the course.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
In addition to the program courses, eventual licensing and credentialing in the field by the American Speech Language Hearing Association requires at least one course in the following Core Curriculum (GE) areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Research/Statistics, and an alternative communication modality. In light of this, the department strongly recommends that students take the following Core Curriculum (GE) courses:
Biological Principles: Lecture
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Physical Science Survey: Lecture
Introduction to Psychology
Select 4 credits of American Sign Language:
Elementary American Sign Language
Elementary American Sign Language II
Intermediate American Sign Language
Program Courses
In addition to the courses below, students must complete 25 hours of observation.
CODS 210Introduction to Human Disabilities3
CODS 318Neuroanatomical Foundations for Communication Disorders3
CODS 321Clinical Phonetics and Phonology3
CODS 324Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing3
CODS 325Speech and Hearing Science3
CODS 328Fluency Disorders3
CODS 331Speech and Language Development and Disorders (Birth to 5yrs)3
CODS 332Speech and Language Development and Disorders (5yrs to Adolescence)3
CODS 418Multi-Cultural Issues in Communication Disorders3
CODS 422Neurogenic Communication Disorders3
CODS 424Aural Rehabilitation3
CODS 425Audiology3
CODS 429Clinical Practicum: Biola Speech/Language Clinic2
CODS 432Dysphagia3
CODS 439Speech Sound Disorders3
CODS 441Diagnostic Methods3
CODS 442Therapeutic Methods3
CODS 444Voice Disorders3
CODS 466Research in Communication Disorders3
Total Credits56