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 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 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

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
CODS 2103CODS 3253
BIOS 100 (strongly recommended)13PHSC 101 (strongly recommended)14
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Foreign Language (ASLG strongly recommended)14Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513CODS 3243
CODS 3213CODS 3323
CODS 3283CODS 4393
CODS 3313MATH 210 (strongly recommended)13
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
BBST 3653BBST 3543
CODS 3183CODS 4223
CODS 4183CODS 4253
CODS 4413CODS 4423
PSYC 200 (strongly recommended)3ENGL 3133
Writing Competency RequirementKNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
CODS 4243BBST 306, 316, or 3263
CODS 4291CODS 4291
CODS 4443CODS 4323
Litereature (see Core Curriculum)3CODS 4663
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
 16 16
Total Credits 32

25 hours of observation are required.

All majors must achieve a minimum grad of "C" in all major courses taken at Biola.