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Communication Sciences and Disorders, B.Sc.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
Millions of people are impacted by physical and cognitive disorders that affect their ability to communicate. The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Biola University 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.
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Overview

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Biola University 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 devices — 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 graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology.
  • 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 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:

  • Where communication disorders fits in with other human disabilities
  • The causes of communication disorders
  • Examining various childhood language disorders
  • Exploring the roles of speech-language pathologists
  • Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing
  • Neurology of speech, language, and hearing

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intermediate American Sign Language
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • Physical Science Survey: Lecture
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    70

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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