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Courses | B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Below are some of the courses you'll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review core curriculum requirements and the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program's academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Program Core Requirements

Select 30 credits for major. Credit count will vary; minimum of 30 major credits required (18 of which must be upper-division) as designed by student with advisement and approved by Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.

Introduction to interdisciplinary studies, including the nature of integrative learning, learning skills, basic disciplinary methodologies, and the characteristics of the interdisciplinary student of human nature. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and written and oral communication. Grade Mode: A.
This course examines a variety of significant topics through the lens of multiple disciplines. This course emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of the selected topic and will expect students to analyze and synthesize materials. The course builds on competencies introduced in ITDSĀ 220. Grade Mode: A.
This course focuses on applying interdisciplinary thought to a student selected research project based on concepts and methods explored in their course of study. This capstone course is the culminating academic experience of the Interdisciplinary Studies major. Grade Mode: A.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses

The Core Curriculum requirement for Kinesiology and Health Science has been waived for this major. The following courses are required to fulfill the Core Curriculum Writing Competency Requirement. Please be sure to review the complete list of core curriculum requirements for online bachelor's students.

A culmination of writing experiences and practices throughout the Core, this course uses discipline-specific texts and contexts for reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing. Students will compare and critically analyze academic writing created by themselves and by experts; research and discover customs, values, and hallmarks of writing in their disciplines; use effective invention, drafting, revising, and proofreading methods for written work; learn to find, synthesize, and cite discipline-specific sources; and prepare essays and multi-genre artifacts useful in both academic and professional settings. 16-24 pages of polished prose, or its equivalent required. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - English.


Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses (Bible Requirement)

The Bible requirement is completed through a series of biblical and theological studies courses, as well as biblical and theological studies integrated into regular program courses (see department for advising on available selections).

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Notes: Must be completed during the first year. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, understand the doctrine of Scripture, introduce the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and see the importance and development of a Christian worldview. Grade Mode: A.

An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.

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