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Courses | B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic 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: 1,2
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
Program Course Requirements: 56 credits
Core Curriculum Requirements 167
Total Credits123
1

See Core Curriculum Program section for details.

2

From the recommended Core Curriculum courses list, if both a Biological Science and a Physical Science course are taken, the program credit total will increase by 4 credits. 

Accelerated Program

Students who enter into the Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.S. as freshmen have the chance to declare their intent to enter the accelerated 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 accelerated 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 accelerated 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 accelerated 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: 1,2
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
Program Course Requirements: 56 credits
Core Curriculum Requirements 167
Total Credits123
1

See Core Curriculum Program section for details.

2

From the recommended Core Curriculum courses list, if both a Biological Science and a Physical Science course are taken, the program credit total will increase by 4 credits.  

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

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