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Core: Bible Courses

All Biola students take 30 credits of biblical studies. These classes will challenge you to examine and enhance your personal faith and will train you to integrate Christianity with your future career. While most students take only the 30 credits and receive a minor in biblical and theological studies, some pursue bible, theology and ministry as a major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the complete biblical and theological studies requirements.

Note for Torrey Honors students: The Torrey Honors curriculum replaces the Bible course requirements required for all Biola students.

Foundation Courses

Code Course Credits Description
BBST 103 Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation 3 Equips to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual and character formation.
BBST 165 Foundations of Christian Thought 3 Introduction to theology with emphasis on our Christian heritage, the doctrine of Scripture, and Christian worldview.
BBST 209 Old Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events.
BBST 210 New Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events.

Intermediate Courses

Code Course Credits Description
BBST 251 Theology I 3 The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
BBST 354 Theology II 3 The biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and end times with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.

Select only one of the following courses:

BBST 306 Early Christian History: Acts 3 Study of the book of Acts from a missiological perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions.
BBST 316 Gospel of John 3 Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of the Gospel of John.
BBST 326 Lukan Writings 3 An exegetical examination of the New Testament books of Luke and Acts that focuses on evangelism and missions to encourage the ability to articulate the gospel and to formulate a growing personal vision for missions. This expositional study

also encourages students to reflect upon the unity and diversity within the community of the Christian church and to be prepared to interact on behalf of the gospel in a diverse world.

Elective Courses

Code Course Credits
BBST 300/400 Upper-Division Bible Elective 3
BBST 365 Bible Theology and Integration 3
BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3

Elective Course Options

Online Degree Program Biblical and Theological Studies Requirement

Foundational/Intermediate Courses

Code Course Credits Description
BBST 103 Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation 3 Equips to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual and character formation.
BBST 165 Foundations of Christian Thought 3 Introduction to theology with emphasis on our Christian heritage, the doctrine of Scripture, and Christian worldview.
BBST 209 Old Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, themes, people, and events.
BBST 210 New Testament History and Literature 3 An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events.
BBST 260 Christian Theology 3 An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on historical and cultural background, literary genre, structure, themes, people, and events.

Integration Courses

Up to five courses (15 credits) of integration may be used towards the Bible requirement. However, other specific BBST courses may be required. See individual programs for details.