Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S.

Mission

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 courses:
Biological Principles
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

3 + 2 Program

Students who enter into the Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. as freshmen have the chance to declare their intent to enter the 3 + 2 program, in which the students will complete the undergraduate program in three years and enter straight into the two year M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program. (Students must complete the University Graduate Admissions application)

In order to remain in the 3 + 2 program, students must maintain pleasant and professional relationships with all department faculty. Failure to maintain these professional competencies will result in the student’s removal from the 3 + 2 program.

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. Students in the 3 + 2 program should also maintain a 3.6 overall GPA.

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 courses:
Biological Principles
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

Graduate Curriculum Requirements

In order to advance from the Communication Disorders, B.S. to the Speech-Language Pathology, M.S. degree, students need to fulfill the following requirements prior to starting graduate course work.

  • Should have a minimum of 3.6 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Favorable professional competencies recommendation from department faculty

Below are the curriculum requirements for the Speech-Language Pathology, M.S. degree (to be completed during the fourth and fifth years).

Core Requirements
MSLP 530Diagnostic and Therapeutic Methods2
MSLP 531Childhood Language and Literacy Disorders4
MSLP 532Anatomy and Neurology in SLP1
MSLP 533Theology of Disability3
MSLP 534Research in Speech-Language Pathology3
MSLP 535Motor Speech Disorders3
MSLP 536Advanced Speech Sound Disorders3
MSLP 537Advanced Dysphagia3
MSLP 538Cognitive-Communicative Disorders3
MSLP 539Applied Research1
MSLP 540Autism Spectrum Disorders3
MSLP 541Neurogenic Language Disorders3
MSLP 542Advanced Voice Disorders2
MSLP 543Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders1
MSLP 544Advanced Fluency Disorders2
MSLP 545Advanced Augmentative and Alternative Communication1
MSLP 546School and Hospital Based Issues3
MSLP 547Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation for Speech-Language Pathologists3
MSLP 548Counseling and Christian Care in Speech-Language Pathology3
MSLP 549Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology2
MSLP 550Advanced Capstone Experience3
MSLP 601Diagnostic Team3
MSLP 602Clinical Practicum I3
MSLP 603Clinical Practicum II3
MSLP 604Adult Externship1
MSLP 605School Externship1
Total Credits63

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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 3543
CODS 3183CODS 4223
CODS 4183CODS 4253
CODS 4413CODS 4423
PSYC 200 (strongly recommended)13ENGL 3133
Writing Competency RequirementKNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
CODS 4243BBST 4653
CODS 4291CODS 4291
CODS 4443CODS 4323
Literature (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 grade of "C" in all major courses taken at Biola.

Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. (3 + 2)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BBST 1033BBST 1653BBST 2093
CODS 2103CODS 3243BBST 2103
BIOS 100 (strongly recommended)13CODS 3253Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
ASLG 100 (strongly recommended)14KNES 1071Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 1123MATH 210 (strongly recommended)13 
GNST 1021PHSC 101 (strongly recommended)14 
 17 17 12
Total Credits 46
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BBST 2513BBST 3543BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
CODS 3183CODS 3323Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
CODS 3213CODS 4393HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
CODS 3283CODS 4413Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
CODS 3313ENGL 3133 
PSYC 200 (strongly recommended)13KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 18 16 12
Total Credits 46
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Elective3CODS 4223
CODS 4183CODS 4243
CODS 4253CODS 4292
CODS 4423CODS 4323
CODS 4443CODS 4663
25 Observation Hours 
 18 17
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MSLP 5302MSLP 5353MSLP 5403
MSLP 5314MSLP 5363MSLP 5413
MSLP 5321MSLP 5373MSLP 5422
MSLP 5333MSLP 5383MSLP 5442
MSLP 5343MSLP 6023MSLP 5463
MSLP 5492 MSLP 6033
MSLP 6013  
 18 15 16
Total Credits 49
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MSLP 5391MSLP 5483
MSLP 5431MSLP 5503
MSLP 5451MSLP 604 or 6051
MSLP 5473 
MSLP 604 or 6051 
 7 7
Total Credits 14
  • All majors must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all major courses taken at Biola.

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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
GNST 1021BIOS 1003
CODS 2103CODS 3253
PSYC 2003Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
 15 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1CODS 3243
CODS 3183CODS 3323
CODS 3213CODS 4393
CODS 3313KNES 1071
 18 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
CODS 3283PHSC 1014
CODS 4413CODS 4253
MATH 2103CODS 4423
ENGL 3133 
 18 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
CODS 4183CODS 4223
CODS 4243CODS 4291
CODS 4291CODS 4323
CODS 4443CODS 4663
BBST 4653PSYC 3203
 17 17
Total Credits 137