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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Core Curriculum for a Bachelor's Degree

I. English Composition

Courses in English composition will emphasize the practice of critical reading and effective writing.

Select two courses: 6 credit hours

  • ENGL 121     Freshman Composition
  • ENGL 220     Research Writing

II. Mathematics                                                                                               

Courses in mathematics will emphasize quantitative and deductive reasoning, problem solving and logical thinking, organizational and systematic thinking, and the application of mathematics to various life situations.

Select one course: 3 credit hours

  • MATH 110           College Algebra
  • MATH 121           Precalculus
  • MATH 131           Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 181           Calculus I
  • MATH 241           Intro to Probability & Statistics

III. Whole-Person Wellness

Courses in fitness activity will emphasize practical knowledge and practices that will promote life-long whole-person wellness.

Select two courses: 2 credit hours

  • KINAxxx
  • KINAxxx                                                        

IV. Humanities

Courses in the humanities will emphasize a reflection on the human experience and human condition through literary texts and artistic forms.

A. Literature

Select one course: 3 credit hours

  • ENGL 221, 222    World Masterpieces
  • ENGL 224             Survey of English Literature
  • ENGL 231, 232    American Literature I, II
  • ENGL 322             Literary Perspectives

B. Fine Arts

Select one course:  3 credit hours

  • ARTS 291            Art Appreciation
  • ENGL 272            Introduction to Drama
  • MUHL 221          Survey of Music

V. Life and Physical Science

Courses in science will emphasize understanding and application of everyday phenomena. Laboratories will be discovery based and emphasize the development and testing of hypotheses, or they may expose students to observational experiences that enhance scientific understanding.

A. Life Science

Select one course: 4 credit hours

  • BIOL 101 or 102   Anatomy and Physiology I or II
  • BIOL 103                Human Biology 
  • BIOL 111 or 112    General Biology I or II
  • BIOL 220                Microbiology and Immunology
  • BIOL 225                Field Biology
  • BIOL 345                Environment & Mankind

 B. Physical Science                                                                          

Select one course:  4 credit hours

  • CHEM 105          Survey of Chemistry
  • CHEM 111          General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 101            Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 114            Physical Science
  • PHYS 121            General Physics I
VI. History and Social Science

Courses in history and social science are designed to give students a broad understanding of the sweep of world historical, governmental, and cultural events. Through reading, lectures, discussions, and writing, these courses will enhance the critical abilities of students by providing tools and practice that are universal in application.  Ultimately, students should be better able to understand contemporary events by grasping how historical, political, and cultural events have combined to create the world in which they live.

A. History                                                                                           

Select two courses: 6 credit hours

  • HIST 111           American History, 1492-1865
  • HIST 112           American History, 1866 - Present
  • HIST 225           World Civilizations I
  • HIST 226           World Civilizations II

B. Social Science

Select one course: 3 credit hours

  • ECON 211       Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212       Microeconomics
  • POLS 211        National and Texas Constitutions
  • PSYC 212        General Psychology
  • PSYC 220        Human Growth & Development
  • SOCI 111         Introduction to Sociology

VII. Religion

Courses in biblical studies will introduce the student to practical methods of Bible study, critical evaluation of scholarship and interpretation, and the richness and depth of the biblical text. Courses in theology will engage the student in a systematic approach to biblical matters, will have students explore different perspectives and relevant issues, and guide students to formulate personal viewpoints and positions. Courses in historical studies trace the origin and development of the Bible, Christianity, Seventh-day Adventism, and other religions.

Select four courses: 12 credit hours

A maximum of 2 courses can be taken in any one area. One course must be numbered 300 and above. Transfer students from a non-SDA college must complete one course for each academic year in attendance, with a minimum of 2 courses (one in Biblical Studies).

A. Biblical Studies            

  • RELB 211                 Life and Teachings of Jesus
  • RELB 313                 Prophetic Studies
  • RELB 315 or 316    Old Testament I or II
  • RELB 339                 New Testament I:  Gospels
  • RELB 340                 New Testament II:  Letters

B. Theological Studies

  • RELT 101                  Christian Beliefs
  • RELT 212                  Christian Ethics
  • RELT 360                  Philosophy & the Christian Worldview
  • RELT 419                  Philosophy of Science

C. Historical Studies

  • RELH230                  History of the SDA Church
  • RELH 233                 Biblical Archaeology
  • RELH 314                 History of the Bible
  • RELH 320                 Ellen White Writings
  • RELH 331 or 332    History of Christianity I or II

VIII. Competence in Computer Applications

Students completing a degree must be proficient in the use of general computer applications and important software in the field of the student's major. Proficiency will be determined by the completion of a department-designated course or courses.

The Bulletin description of approved courses includes the statement "This course fulfills the Computer Competency requirement as specified in the Core Curriculum."  Unless specified in the major, the following courses meet the proficiency requirement: 

  • CSIS 102                 Microcomputer Literacy and Applications
  • CSIS 104                 Spreadsheet and Database Applications
  • CSIS 106                 Comprehensive Spreadsheets

IX. Competence in Communication

Students completing a degree must be proficient in the application of the principles of effective oral communication including discussion techniques and public presentations. Proficiency will be determined by the completion of a department designated course or courses.

The Bulletin description of approved courses includes the statement "This course fulfills the Communication Competency requirement as specified in the Core Curriculum."    Unless specified in the major, the following courses meet the proficiency requirement:    

  • COMM 111            Speech
  • COMM 113            Oral Interpretation
  • COMM 115            Discussion Techniques

Total GE Credit Hours: 46


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