About IRIS

IRIS courses seek to engage the depth and complexity of subject areas at the root of a Biola education—such as, Bible, literature, art, science, math, communication, psychology, and history—by offering Biola‚Äôs general education (GE) or core curriculum classes in an interdisciplinary environment.

Each IRIS course features a unique team of teaching professors, assembled from various departments around campus, who work together to explore the connections between course topics, faith, and daily life.

Students are invited to join in these collaborative and conversational courses, not only to fulfill needed general education (GE) credits, but also to experience a unique, Christ-centered learning community and be inspired to pursue a lifetime of growth in mind and character.

Interterm 2015 IRIS Course Offerings

Course Title Meet the Lead Professor(s) Fulfills GE requirement for Course Code Location Schedule
Art Appreciation Jonathan Puls Fine Art ARTS 100 On Campus View
Parables in the Modern World Jonathan Lunde and Tim Muehlhoff Bible (Upper Level Elective) BBST 430 On Campus View
The Attributes of God Thaddeus Williams Bible (Upper Level Elective) BBST 450 On Campus View
Integration Seminar: "Created Order & Glory of Christ" Rick Langer Bible (Integration Seminar) BBST 465 On Campus View
Diet, Drugs & Disease Behzad Varamini Science BIOS 120 On Campus View
Parables in the Modern World Tim Muehlhoff and Jonathan Lunde This upper level course can count for GE comm. credit. COMM 474 On Campus View
Literature & Film Joshua Smith Literature ENGL 220 On Campus View
US History Susan Lim History HIST 108 On Campus View
Theology 1 Richard Park Bible (Intermediate Course) BBST 251 Online View
Literature & Film Andrew Mauzey Literature ENGL 220 Online View
Nature of Math Matthew Weathers Mathematics MATH 120 Online View

Spring 2015 IRIS Course Offerings

Course Title Meet the Lead Professor(s) Fulfills GE requirement for Course Code Location Schedule
Art Appreciation Jonathan Anderson and Arianna Molloy Fine Art ARTS 100** On Campus M & W, 1:30-4:20pm
Small Group Communication Arianna Molloy and Jonathan Anderson Communication COMM 170* On Campus M & W, 1:30-4:20pm

* Joint credit requirement. Students must also take ARTS 100.
** Joint credit requirement. Students must also take COMM 170.


IRIS courses are worth three credits each. IRIS courses are offered at standard tuition rates. Click here to see tuition rates for interterm and spring 2015.



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