Core Curriculum (GE)

Depending on the particular major, every Biola student will take approximately 74 credits of core curriculum composed of 44 credits in Arts and Sciences and 30 credits in biblical studies. These classes will ensure a robust academic experience and lay the groundwork for your major. Core curriculum classes span a variety of disciplines, including English, math, science, history, language, communications, fine arts and physical education. In addition, biblical studies courses are now a part of the core curriculum.

In some cases, you might have the opportunity to take classes in addition to the core curriculum, biblical studies and major course requirements. These electives provide you the chance to explore different fields of interest. Because of a high number of credit requirements, some majors leave no room for electives.


Core Curriculum (GE) Credit Requirements

First Year Seminar* 1 credit
Behavioral Science 3 credits
Communication 3 credits
English 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits
Foreign Language 0–8 credits
History 3–6 credits
Kinesiology & Health Science 2 credits
Literature 3 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Total Requirements 33–44 credits

* First Year Seminar is required of all first-time students with fewer than 12 transferable credits from a college (excluding AP, IB, dual credit, or CLEP).


Total Arts and Sciences Requirements

Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the complete Core Curriculum Requirement Credits by Degree Type.

First Year Seminar (1 Credit)

GNST 001 First Year Seminar

Note: First Year Seminar is required of all first-time students with fewer than 12 transferable credits from a college (excluding AP, IB, dual credit, or CLEP).


Behavioral Science (3 credits)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

ANTH 200 General Cultural Anthropology
PSYC 200 Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 220 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 362 Social Problems


Communication (3 credits)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

COMM 181 Intro to Argumentation and Debate
COMM 200 The Rhetorical Act
COMM 270 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 280 Oral Interpretation


English (6 credits)

The following will meet this requirement:

ENGL 100* Basic Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing
or ENGL 112 Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing I
and ENGL 313 Writing in the Disciplines

* All students who do not satisfy the minimum SAT or ACT scoring standards in this area must enroll in ENGL 100.


Fine Arts (3 credits)

The following will meet this requirement:

  • ARTS 100, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 210, 211, 213, 221
  • THTR 160
  • MUSC 001†, 002†, 003†, 005†, 007†, 008†, 010†, 012†, 014†, 101, 115

†Ensemble participation is by audition only, and count for one credit.


Foreign Language (4–8 credits)

Your foreign language units must be completed in the same language. Biola offers modern language classes in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, German and American Sign Language, as well as biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew.

The number of years of language you have taken prior to your first year at Biola will help determine how many foreign language credits you will be required to fulfill. Your course placement will also be determined by a standardized placement test, where available, that will be issued prior to registration, or by a conversational assessment by a faculty member. A placement exam may also be required if you do not maintain continuous enrollment in a language program.

Years Completed Required for a B.A. Required for a B.S.
1 year high school 8 credits 4 credits
2 years high school 8 credits None
3 years high school 8 credits None
4 years high school 4 credits None


History (3–6 credits)

To fulfill the six-credit history requirement, choose either History 100 or 101, as well as either History 200 or 201 or Political Science 225. B.A. students must take six credits while B.S. students only need three credits.

HIST 100 or 101 World Civilizations I or II
HIST 200 or 201 US History To 1865 or US History Since 1865
or POSC 225 Survey of American Government


Kinesiology and Health Science (2 credits)

To fulfill the two-credit requirement, you must take:

KNES 107 Lifetime Wellness
KNES 101, 110, 130, 140 or 150 Lifetime Wellness Activity*

* Note: First Aid and CPR do not count as KHS activity credit.


Literature (3 credits)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

ENGL 220 Literature and Film
ENGL 230 Topics in Diverse Literatures
ENGL 283 Race & Ethnicity in American Literature
ENGL 290 World Literature


Mathematics (3 credits)

Options:

  • MATH 121, 122 & 123
  • MATH 120 or 130
  • MATH 101, 102, 103, 105, 190, 210 or 318
  • PSYC 209 & 211


Philosophy (3 credits)

Any one of the following will meet this requirement:

PHIL 210 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 211 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 212 Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 213 Introduction to Modern Philosophy
PHIL 214 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 215 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 216 Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics


Science (3 credits)

Options:

  • ANTH 222, 223
  • BIOS 100, 103, 110, 112 & 114, 120, 121, 130, 236 or 290
  • CHEM 100, 105, 107, 120
  • PHSC 101, 102, 103, 104, 109, 110, 111 & 117, 115 & 119, 132 & 134, 250


Additional Information

Please consult the Degree Requirement Sheet specific to your major before taking any Core courses.

Detailed information on Core Curriculum requirements, categories, and course descriptions can be found in our Course Catalog.

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