Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Belize or New Zealand
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      March 15 deadline for fall

      October 15 deadline for spring

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    The Creation Care Study Program (CCSP) is a high-caliber academic semester in Belize or New Zealand (and Samoa) that connects Christian faith with the most complex, urgent global issues of the coming decades.


    What Will I Study?

    Focused on environmental studies, sustainable development and an intentional focus on spiritual formation and Christian community, CCSP offers a robust cross-cultural and interdisciplinary integrated semester of learning and discipleship. CCSP is suitable for all majors, but especially intercultural studies, biology and sociology majors.

    While studying with CCSP students interact with their local communities and discover hands-on the remarkable natural wonders of Belize or New Zealand & Samoa. Some highlights of CCSP-Belize include excursions to local Mayan ruins, snorkeling the world's second largest barrier reef and exploration of pristine rain forests.

    The home base for students attending CCSP-South Pacific is nestled on New Zealand’s beautiful south island close to the ocean, but with views of the Southern Alps. The CCSP-South Pacific semester includes an extended field trip to the remote tropical island of Samoa. Both CCSP programs involve homestays with local families and include ample opportunity for independent travel.


    Course Equivalencies for CCSP: Belize

    *Note: If student is enrolled in BIOS 120 and BIOS 130, the remaining 2 credits will be applied to INCS 473, Practicum Seminar to absorb the additional credits. If the student is enrolled in BIOS 120 only, the remaining 3 credits will be applied to INCS 473 Practicum Seminar to absorb the additional credits.

    CCSP Belize Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    Tropical Ecosystems 4 BIOS 120 Current Topics in Biology and
    BIOS 130 Seminar in Biological Sciences*
    3
    1
    BIOS 372 Restoration Ecology (Requires Dept. Chair Signature)
    God & Nature 4 BBST 480 Directed Research 3
    INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 3
    Introduction to Sustainable Community Development 4 INCS 433 Community Development Models & Strategies 3
    BIOS 305 Global Development and Ecological Sustainability 4
    Environmental Literature 3 ENGL 230 Literature in Context 3
    Internship (Elective) 2 See major department for approval 2
    BIOS 480 Internship 2

    INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 2-3

    Total 15-17

    Course Equivalencies for CCSP: New Zealand

    *Note: If student is enrolled in BIOS 120 and BIOS 130, the remaining 2 credits will be applied to INCS 473, Practicum Seminar to absorb the additional credits. If the student is enrolled in BIOS 120 only, the remaining 3 credits will be applied to INCS 473 Practicum Seminar to absorb the additional credits.

    CCSP New Zealand Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    New Zealand Ecosystems 4 BIOS 120 Current Topics in Biology and
    BIOS 130 Seminar in Biological Sciences*
    3
    1
    BIOS 372 Restoration Ecology (Requires Dept. Chair Signature)
    God & Nature 4 BBST 480 Directed Research 3
    INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 3
    Introduction to Sustainable Community Development 4 INCS 433 Community Development Models & Strategies 3
    BIOS 305 Global Development and Ecological Sustainability 4
    Environmental Literature 3 ENGL 230 Literature in Context 3
    Te Reo Maori* 1 See Modern Languages for Approval 1
    Internship (Elective) 2 See major department for approval 2
    INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 2-3

    Total 15-18