Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 46
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 56
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation


Millions of people are impacted by physical and cognitive disorders that affect their ability to communicate. Biola’s major in communication sciences and disorders prepares you to serve their needs, providing you with the specialized knowledge and clinical training you’ll need for graduate school and a career in this important field.

What Will I Study?

As a communication disorders major, you will focus on the basics of understanding speech, language, cognition, swallowing, voice and hearing functions and diagnosis. Course highlights and interesting topics you will learn about include:

  • The origin, anatomy and physics of communication disorders
  • Examining various childhood language disorders
  • Exploring the roles of speech-language pathologists
  • Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing
  • Neurological disorders that affect communication
  • Cultural sensitivity on assessment and intervention
  • New strategies and technology for diagnosis and rehabilitation
  • Assessment and treatment of various communication disorders
  • Rehabilitation management procedures

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Career Paths

Interesting career opportunities in health care, medicine, research or education await graduates of Biola's communication science and disorders program. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech, language or hearing scientist
  • Consultant
  • Rehabilitation therapist
  • Special education teacher
  • Missionary

Why Choose Communication Sciences and Disorders at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s communication sciences and disorders program offers several key advantages:

  • A on-campus speech lab allows you to use state-of-the-art equipment — including a digital endoscope, Visipitch, a nasometer, and many AAC devicies — which rarely happens at the undergraduate level.
  • The program has both on- and off-campus clinics where you can work with patients from the community, giving you practical, hands-on experience.
  • You have the opportunity to graduate with the necessary requirements for a California SLPA license.
  • The program gives you the foundation you need to enter a growing field; speech-language pathologists were on the list of the 10 most in-demand jobs of 2015, according to research from CareerBuilder and EMSI.

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Many communication disorders students pursue graduate studies, while others move directly into ministry or professional roles. God has used Biola graduates in a variety of ways. Highlights include:

  • Acute rehabilitation dysphagia and speech therapy
  • Cape Town Africa mission work
  • Private tutoring
  • Participation in intercampus speech-language hearing programs
  • Long Beach hospital internship
  • Clinical fellowship
  • Graduate studies at distinguished schools such as: Arizona State University; University of Oregon; University of Kansas; San Diego State University; University of Redlands; CSU Northridge; CSU Fullerton; CSU Long Beach; University of Arizona; Texas Christian University; Loma Linda University; and Northwestern University

Christine Truong
History, B.A. '17

The professors are so caring and they provide resources that fully equip us for graduate school and internships.”

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