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BIBL 103
Old Testament Studies
Biblical Worldview
3

Investigation of the nature, contents, and history of the Old Testament with attention to its background and key themes. Students examine themes within their contexts and from the perspective of their New Testament fulfillment.

BIBL 104
New Testament Studies
Biblical Worldview
3

A study of the nature, contents, and history of the New Testament, with background study in the inter-testamental period.

BIBL 111
Introduction to Christian History and Thought
Biblical Worldview
3

Provides a broad overview of the historic roots and development of Christian thought. Identifies and describes historical Christian doctrines, the basics of theological reasoning, significant Christian thinkers, and contemporary global trends and issues.

BIOL 101
Introduction to Biology with Laboratory
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
4

Introduction to plants, animals and microbes concerning cell structure and function, DNA and heredity, cell division, species diversity and history, tissue and organ systems, nutrition, reproduction, ecosystems, and the scientific method. Christian perspectives as appropriate. Online lab exercises involve simulations and data collection to illustrate biological concepts and laboratory and field methods.

BIOL 121
General Biology I
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
4

Philosophy and methods of science, biologic molecules, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, reproduction and molecular biology. Three credit hours lecture with one credit hour lab.

COMM 110
Public Speaking
Written and Oral Communication
3

Introduction to the principles and practice of effective oral communication. Through formal and informal speaking activities, students develop skills at framing and articulating ideas through speech. Students learn strategies for speaking extemporaneously, preparing and delivering presentations, formulating persuasive arguments, refining critical clarity of thought, and enhancing general facility and confidence at oral expression. Students gain practice in various speech types—including expositive and informative forms.

EASC 101
Introduction to Earth Science with Laboratory
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
4

Introduction to Earth science, including the sciences that explore Earth and its space environment. Units within the course will include Earth structure, tectonics, rocks and minerals, geologic history, water resources, oceans, climate and weather, and astronomy. Specifically, our planet as an integrated system, with emphasis on dynamic processes, including earthquakes, volcanism, glaciations, air and water flow, erosion, and coastal dynamics. Earth in its solar system and cosmic context will also be presented. Students will engage in field exercises and simulated trips via guided analysis of imagery of natural phenomena, and self-guided field observational data collection and analysis. Laboratory exercises will involve the hands-on use of maps, identification of rocks and minerals, recognition of geologic structures, and weather prediction, as well as work in coastal waves, solar dynamics, and local erosion. Specifically, labs include local field exercises, a lab kit, and media materials. A lab fee in addition to tuition is required.

ECON 101
Introduction to Economics
Cultural Perspective
3

Survey of economic concepts and systems, including both micro- and macro-economics. Students examine the American economic system while exploring the impact of the international market. Topics include markets and competition, price, supply and demand, aggregate performance, fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. This course is not open to business majors.

ECON 120
Microeconomics
Cultural Perspective
3

Examines the concepts, principles, and business practices of market systems, demand and supply economics, market equilibrium, product and resource demands, consumer behavior, forms of competition, governmental policies, market failure and international economics.

Prerequisites: Math 102

ENGL 101
English Composition
Written and Oral Communication
3

Study and development of skills in planning, writing, and revising the expository essay, with attention given to developing a thesis, providing adequate support, and developing paragraphs with clear introductions and conclusions. This course should be taken in the first year.

ENGL 102
Research and Academic Writing
Critical Thinking and Analysis
3

An introduction to research skills and academic writing. Students learn and practice the common steps and formats in writing a university-level research paper, such as writing and submitting proposals, writing literature reviews, following general research paper formats, and using an annotated bibliography.

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in ENGL 101

ENGL 205
Literature of the Western World
Cultural Perspective
3

Great literary works in the Western tradition from the ancient to the present.

GENE 100
The Making of the Christian Mind
Biblical Worldview
3

Explores the development of a Christian worldview and philosophy of life. Studies some alternative worldviews from a Christian worldview perspective. Investigates the sacredness of all spheres of human life and the relevance of a Christian worldview to all spheres of human life and action through the works of some of Christianity's leading thinkers and writers.

GENE 150
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful
Critical Thinking and Analysis
3

Introduction to enduring questions of truth, goodness, and beauty through theological and philosophical investigation, including Biblical apologetics and critical thinking.

GENE 200
Art and Culture
Cultural Perspective
3

Various aesthetic approaches for appreciating and evaluating visual art, drama, and music. Artistic creation in relation to a Biblical understanding of the character of God and the image of God in human beings.

GENE 202
The Making of a Christian Leader (Associate)
Biblical Worldview
3

Explores a Christian worldview framework for leadership and studies the lives of exemplary Christian and non-Christian leaders from a global context and a wide spectrum of disciplines and professions. Advisor approval required. Pre-requisite: Sophomore Standing. Cross-listed with GENE 402.

GENE 402
The Making of a Christian Leader (Bachelor)
Biblical Worldview
3

Explores a Christian worldview framework for leadership and studies the lives of exemplary Christian and non-Christian leaders from a global context and a wide spectrum of disciplines and professions. Students participate in a 10 hour service-learning leadership experience. Advisor approval required. Pre-requisite: Senior Standing; IDS majors: Junior Standing. Cross-listed with GENE 202.

GEOG 101
World Geography
Cultural Perspective
3

Investigation of the spatial distribution of cultures and regions. Emphasis on defining key geographical concepts, identifying major political boundaries, illustrating current and recent national and ethnic conflicts, exploring economic and social processes that are leading to increasing global interaction, examining the variation religious practices and beliefs and assessing the basis for international disparities in economic development.

HIST 201
U.S. History I (to 1877)
Cultural Perspective
3

Study of the political, social, and economic development of American society from about 1607 through the end of the Civil War era in 1877. Students consider native American perspectives and the interaction with Europeans. Topics include the formation and establishment of the new nation as well as the international impact of the birth of a nation.

HIST 202
U.S. History II (from 1877)
Cultural Perspective
3

Study of the political, social and economic development of American society from the post Civil War era to the present. Students investigate the development of a party system of government, industrial development, labor issues, the impact of the reconstruction, American involvement internationally, and the present state of American society.

HIST 205
Western Civilization I
Cultural Perspective
3

Study of the events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that shaped western civilization from the prehistoric era to 1650. Emphasis on the rise and fall of empires, the legacy those empires left and the impact of religion on the ancient, medieval, and early modern western world. The multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups are explored. Students investigate historical accounts of civilization and engage in personal reflection and response.

HIST 206
Western Civilization II
Cultural Perspective
3

Study of the events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that shaped western civilization from 1650 to the present. The multiple perspectives of gender, class, religion, and ethnic groups are explored, including reference to the interaction among the peoples of the modern world. Students investigate historical accounts of western civilization and its interaction with non-western cultures and engage in personal reflection and response.

HIST 211
World History I
Cultural Perspective
3

Survey of the history of civilization from its beginnings in both the middle east and Asia to the growing dominance of the West over non-western civilizations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas that began in the 16th century age of exploration. Special attention given to the cultural exchanges, interactions, and adaptations that occurred among these civilizations.

HIST 212
World History II
Cultural Perspective
3

Survey of the growth and interactions of civilizations across the world from the 16th century to the present. Special attention given to their individual cultural vibrancy and to their responses to Western hegemony, modernization, and globalization in subsequent centuries.

MATH 101
Mathematics for Liberal Arts
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
3

Study of several different fields of mathematics and their applications for liberal arts students. Through the process of discovery with everyday applications, students consider the beauty and elegance of mathematics as they improve their critical thinking and analysis skills. Topics include set theory, inductive and deductive reasoning, basic probability and statistics, number theory, algebraic modeling, basic geometry and trigonometry, and finance applications. Cannot be applied to the mathematics major.

MATH 102
College Algebra
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
3

Study of linear equations, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and conic sections. Emphasis on understanding and applying concepts in real-life settings. Cannot be applied to the mathematics major.

MATH 201
Statistics
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
3

Introductory study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on real-world applications and the use of current technology. Topics include sampling, random variables, probability distributions, measures of central tendency and variation, and testing of hypotheses. Cannot be applied to the mathematics major.

MATH 211
Calculus I
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
4

A first course in calculus and analytic geometry. Differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions of one variable, with applications. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, the mean value theorem, and the fundamental theorem of calculus.

MATH 220
Discrete Mathematics
Quantitative and Scientific Literacy
3

Discrete structures including sets, relations, functions, matrices, graphs and trees. Symbolic logic, mathematical induction, and introduction to proofs. Probability, combinations, permutations. Introduction to linear programming.

Prerequisites: MATH 102 or equivalent

SPAN 101
Introductory Spanish I
Cultural Perspective
4

Introduction to the Spanish language using a communicative approach with an emphasis on developing introductory listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an appreciation for Hispanic culture.

SPAN 102
Introductory Spanish II
Cultural Perspective
4

Continuation of SPAN 102. Introduction to the Spanish language using a communicative approach with an emphasis on developing introductory listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an appreciation for Hispanic culture.

Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or placement through Department of Language and Literature.

SPAN 210
Intermediate Spanish I
Cultural Perspective
3

Development of intermediate-level Spanish language skills and study of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

SPAN 211
Intermediate Spanish II
Cultural Perspective
3

Continuation of SPAN 210. Development of intermediate-level Spanish language skills and study of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world

Prerequisites: SPAN 210 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

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