Courses | Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

A survey of biological principles including: the cell, zoology, ecology, human anatomy, genetics, and origin of life theories. Notes: No lab is required, but BIOS 110 is the lab course designed to accompany this course. BIOS 100 without the lab (110) will not receive transfer credit at most other universities. Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must not be Bio Sci:Secondary Instruction (BISI), Human Biology (BIHB), Biological Science (BIOS), Biochemistry (BCHM) or Environmental Science (BIES); and must be Undergraduate Level.

Basic principles and practice in the fundamental skills of signs and fingerspelling from the ASL perspective for communication with the deaf.

Basic principles and practice in the fundamental skills of signs and fingerspelling from the ASL perspective for communication with the deaf.

Designed for those who possess the basic skills of manual communication. Further instruction in the development of ASL vocabulary, fingerspelling, fluency, receptive and expressive skills.

Nature of statistical methods, description of sample data, fundamental concepts of probability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, correlation and regression, application of same. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Prepares the student for biostatistical application essential to practice in evidence-based professions. Content includes: descriptive statistics; probability theory and rules; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; experimental design; ANOVA; linear and multiple regression; contingency table analysis; non-parametrics; survival analysis; discussion of the use of statistics in journal articles. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Math credit. Credit given for only one of 210 and 318.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A survey of the basic principles of physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology and astronomy. Designed for the non-science major. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Sociological concepts with emphasis on group life, culture, socialization, social institutions, social processes and change. Theoretical as well as practical application of interaction and its effect on individuals in groups. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Major Courses

Survey of various types of human disabilities with an emphasis on communication disorders. Explores the roles of Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists in working with people with disabilities. Notes: Open to all majors.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

An in-depth analysis of the nervous system as it pertains to communication and communication disorders. In addition, various neurological disorders will be surveyed that can affect communication. These include, but are not limited to, ALS, Parkinson's disease, stroke, brain tumor, etc.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

The study of phonetic transcription and phonological theory and the application of these concepts to patients with disordered speech.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms. The normal processes of respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance and hearing are covered.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Introduction to acoustics of sound and the physiology and acoustics of speech production and perceptions. Topics include voice, resonance, and individual speech segments as well as instrumentation for analyzing the acoustic and perceptual characteristics of speech and hearing.
Prerequisites: CODS 210.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $40.

Review of the theories concerning etiology of fluency disorders. Survey assessment and treatment approaches for stuttering and cluttering.
Prerequisites: CODS 210.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Normal development of speech and language in children in terms of syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics. Motor and cognitive development surveyed. Including the study of delayed language development and childhood language disorders with theories concerning etiology, classification, evaluation and therapy for children birth to 5 years old.

Normal development of speech and language in children in terms of syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics. Motor and cognitive development surveyed. Including the study of delayed language development and childhood language disorders with theories concerning etiology, classification, evaluation and therapy for children 5 years old to adolescents.

Involves the assessment and intervention of students from multicultural backgrounds with speech and/or language difficulties. Attention paid to developing 'cultural sensitivity' and an awareness of the cultural and bilingual influences on assessment and intervention decisions. The course is intended to prepare the student for effective and innovative work with clients from diverse populations.
Prerequisites: CODS 210.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Covers theory, psychology, assessment and treatment of cognitive and communication disorders resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological problems. Diagnoses covered include aphasia, right hemisphere syndrome, head injury, apraxia, dysarthria and dementia.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 318, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Review of management procedures used by professionals for the rehabilitation/habitation of persons with hearing impairments. Includes speech reading, auditory training, hearing aids and other communication systems and assistive listening devices.
Prerequisites: CODS 318, CODS 425.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Anatomy and physiology of the ear; hearing problems, testing and rehabilitation. Practical experience in pure tone threshold testing.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $15.

Supervised experience working with persons with communication disorders in the Biola Speech Clinic and offsite locations. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits.
Prerequisites: CODS 331, CODS 332, CODS 439, CODS 441, CODS 442. Students must have completed 25 hours of observation prior to clinic.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $50.

The anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing and the anatomic and physiologic disturbances affecting deglutition, emphasizing radiographic and bedside diagnostic and treatment procedures.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 318, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Overview of the etiologies, diagnosis and remediation of articulation and phonological problems.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 321, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Survey of procedures ranging from interviewing to formal and informal tests involved in the evaluation and assessment of speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing problems in children and adults.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $10.

Introduction to general therapeutic approaches and specific techniques of habilitation and rehabilitation of speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing problems in child and adult populations.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A, N.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $10.

Topics to be covered include: etiologies, types of voice disorders including neurogenic, functional, and organic voice disorders, and review of assessment and treatment methods. Various craniofacial disorders that affect voice will also be surveyed, such as cleft palate.
Prerequisites: CODS 210, CODS 324.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Survey of research terminology and methods as well as an emphasis on critiquing research. Course includes a student capstone research project.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class; and Undergraduate Level.