Associate in Arts Course List

General Education


College Writing I (ENG 1000) 3 credits
Prerequisite: acceptable placement score or ENG-0099
Emphasis on improving skills and effectiveness in written communication through critical reading of diverse literary genres and extensive writing. Course deals with developing authorial voice and adapting that voice to academic audiences.

College Writing II (Eng 1001)  3 credits
Continued emphasis on composition with concentration on critical and creative thinking. Includes use of sources, research methods, and preparation of college-level research papers.

Natural Science

Integrated Science (SCI 2010)  3 or 4 credits
Overview of the physical, geological, and biological sciences, the current understandings in the sciences, and how they interface with a Christian worldview.

Lab Science Elective  4 credits


Survey of Mathematics (MTH 1001)  3 credits
Course designed to increase quantitative literacy and mathematical competency. Covers the basics of algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, and consumer math.

History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences

World History (HI 2003)  3 credits
A study of the ancient Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European roots of modern Western civilization through the Renaissance/Reformation era.

Contemporary Issues in American Society (TH 2222)  2 credits
This class will examine topics in American society which are currently under debate, such as homosexuality and the origins of the universe. The course will examine these topics by looking at the various positions evidenced in current American society. These positions will then be examined in relation to the biblical text.

Elective (options listed below)  3 credits
World Religions (3), Intro to Psych (4), Lifespan Development (3), Human Sexuality (3), Adolescent Psychology (3), Abnormal Psychology (3), Cultural Anthropology (3), Cross-Cultural Communications (3), Introduction to Economics (3)


Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 1002)  3 credits
Introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation in order to better understand the Bible. Emphasis placed on the application of these principles.

Elective (options listed below)  2 credits
Speech (2), World Literature I (2), World Literature II (2).

Human Diversity in the United States

Elective (options listed below)  2/3 credits
Modern Religious Movements (2), Cross-Cultural Communications (2), Human Sexuality (3)

Global Perspective

Worldviews (HUM 2007)  3 credits
Examination of the theoretical and practical expressions of various worldviews. Designed to help students realize that all thinking and writing has a starting point in a world view.

Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Elective (options listed below)  2 credits
Interpersonal Skills (2), Personal Finance (2)

People and the Environment

People and the Environment: Environmental Stewardship (HUM 2003)  3 credits
Examination of the interrelatedness of human society and the natural environment, focusing on theological, historical, social and political perspectives.

Performance and Participation

Elective (options listed below)  1 credit
Private Music Lessons (1), Vocal Ensemble (1), Sports: men’s basketball, women’s volleyball (1), qualifying classes @ BSU


Old Testament

Old Testament History and Literature I (BOT 1000)  3 credits
Study of the chronological unfolding of the Old Testament from Genesis through the book of Judges. The poetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between the biblical text and its historical, social, and cultural setting.

Old Testament History and Literature II (BOT 1001)  3 credits
Study of the chronological unfolding of the Old Testament from the time of Samuel through the Post-Exilic era. The prophetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between the biblical text and its historical, social, and cultural setting.  

New Testament

New Testament History and Literature (BNT 1000)  3 credits
Overview of the New Testament giving special attention to the history, background, content, and main message of the individual New Testament books and the New Testament as a whole.


Christian Faith (TH 2005)  4 credits
An introduction to the main people, events, and theological positions of the Christian Tradition. Contents will focus on the doctrine of the Bible, God, humankind, the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Church, and the last days.

Christian Ministry

Spiritual Formation I (CM 1001) 3 credits
Course focuses on developing a Christ-centered life and awareness of ministry avenues. Special emphases on spiritual gifts, missions, and submitting each area of life to God.

Spiritual Formation II (CM 1002)  3 credits
Course introduces the basic concepts and skills needed for evangelism and discipleship. Emphases include understanding the world around us while communicating one’s faith, exploring one’s role as a disciple, and effective ways to disciple other followers of Christ.

Student Outreach (CM 1200)  2 credits
Includes weekly volunteer experiences under the direction of the Student Outreach Director. Ministry areas include evangelism, discipleship, and social concern. Students’ experiences are facilitated by qualified supervisors who provide accountability and feedback. 


General Education 42 credits

Biblical Studies 13 credits

Christian Ministry  8 credits

Other (Freshman Seminar) 1 credit

Free Electives 2 credits

Total 66 credits

General Education Credits
An overall minimum of 42 General Education credits is required. If the total taken from General Education categories is fewer than 42 credits, additional General Education elective courses will be required to make up the difference.

Financial Aid and Electives at BSU
A Financial Aid Consortium Agreement allows our students to take courses at BSU and have those credits apply to the student’s credit load as it affects financial aid eligibility.