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Abilene Christian University    
2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Course Descriptions


The numbers in parentheses following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. An asterisk (*) following these three figures indicates variable or alternative credit, and the last figure represents the maximum variation in semester credit hours. In general, credit hours for these variable courses may range from one to the number indicated.

The frequency of offering follows the meeting and credit hour information. Courses offered every year are designated by semester(s) only. Courses offered every other year are designated by semester and odd/even year.

Note: Since most courses are not offered every semester, students should be aware that failure to take a required course when it is offered may delay graduation.

Any course may be offered on demand should sufficient interest be demonstrated and should a qualified instructor be available. “Demand” courses with a defined content will be offered as regularly as practical for the host department.

At the end of the course description, the following information will be given when applicable: laboratory information, corequisites (“concurrent enrollment”) and prerequisites, cross listed courses (“same as”), special fees, and pertinent information about the use of the course.

Courses and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix and numerically within each prefix. The department and college assignments are also noted. ACU uses a three-digit course numbering system. Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-level courses (primarily for freshmen and sophomores). Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are upper-level, or advanced, courses (primarily for juniors and seniors). Courses numbered 500 to 799 are graduate courses. All courses numbered 000 to 099 do not count toward graduation or GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites, which must be met before a student may register for that course. In some cases, a student may have special knowledge, skills or background that will enable him or her to perform well in a given class without meeting its prerequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department and/or instructor offering the course. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students should refer to the most recent catalog for course corequisites, prerequisites, and restrictions.

Course Sequencing

Some courses have recommendations of a previous course(s) for appropriate sequencing. Such recommendations are not prerequisites; the system will allow any student meeting a course’s prerequisites to enroll for a course regardless of whether the student meets the sequencing recommendations. Students are cautioned, however, to follow sequencing recommendations when all of the courses in the sequence are on their degree plans.

Guided Study, Special Topics, and Tutorial Courses

Each department may offer Guided Study (also called Independent Study) courses (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700); Special Topics courses (140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740); or Tutorial courses (generally offered to students at Study Abroad locations) as special needs dictate and/or available faculty allow. The first number will indicate the level of the course. Special Topics courses are offered on a one-time basis, to take advantage of particular faculty expertise, or to allow a department to develop a course for permanent inclusion in the inventory of courses. Generally, Special Topics and Tutorial courses may be included in the Semester Schedule when they are offered; Guided Studies will not be included in the Semester Schedule.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer.

For further information contact the transfer course coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.

 

Christian Ministry

   •  BIBM 614 - Theology and Ministry in Times of Crisis
   •  BIBM 616 - Witness in Global Contexts
   •  BIBM 627 - Preaching New Testament Literature
   •  BIBM 628 - Preaching Pauline Literature
   •  BIBM 629 - Field Education Contextual Immersion
   •  BIBM 635 - Engaging Adolescents in Christian Formation
   •  BIBM 637 - Ministry with Older Adults
   •  BIBM 644 - Pastoral Ministry Skills for Church Leaders
   •  BIBM 645 - Managing Conflict in Churches
   •  BIBM 646 - Youth and Family Ministry
   •  BIBM 648 - Christian Spiritual Formation
   •  BIBM 651 - Supervised Practice of Ministry I
   •  BIBM 652 - Supervised Practice of Ministry II
   •  BIBM 656 - Supervised Practice of Ministry VI
   •  BIBM 657 - Contexts of Ministry
   •  BIBM 658 - The Practice of Ministerial Leadership
   •  BIBM 670 - Worship
   •  BIBM 673 - Ministry with Children and Families
   •  BIBM 678 - GST Senior Portfolio Preparation
   •  BIBM 681 - Preaching in Contemporary Contexts
   •  BIBM 692 - Church Curriculum
   •  BIBM 693 - Church and Family Ministry
   •  BIBM 694 - Church Administration
   •  BIBM 696 - Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior
   •  BIBM 699 - Master's Thesis
   •  BIBM 700 - Guided Study
   •  BIBM 701 - Doctor of Ministry Orientation
   •  BIBM 702 - Biblical and Theological Foundations of Ministry
   •  BIBM 703 - Preaching in Contemporary Contexts
   •  BIBM 706 - Christian Leadership Development
   •  BIBM 710 - Crisis Counseling and Brief Therapy
   •  BIBM 711 - Preaching and Theology
   •  BIBM 713 - Preaching From the New Testament
   •  BIBM 716 - Theological Foundations for the Practice of Ministry
   •  BIBM 717 - Christian Spiritual Formation
   •  BIBM 718 - Theological Practice of Evangelism
   •  BIBM 719 - Missional Ecclesiology
   •  BIBM 721 - Theology of Culture
   •  BIBM 723 - Worship
   •  BIBM 724 - Project/Thesis Seminar
   •  BIBM 725 - Project/Thesis Seminar
   •  BIBM 726 - Project/Thesis Seminar II
   •  BIBM 731 - Leading Change in Christian Organizations
   •  BIBM 733 - Culture, Context, and Community
   •  BIBM 735 - Seminar in Preaching
   •  BIBM 742 - Forming Communities of Faith
   •  BIBM 798 - Continuing DMin Study
   •  BIBM 799 - DMin Project/Thesis

Philosophy

   •  BIBP 352 - Biomedical Ethics
   •  BIBP 379 - Philosophy, Religion and Science
   •  BIBP 380 - Introduction to Philosophy
   •  BIBP 478 - Philosophy of Religion
   •  BIBP 486 - Ethics
   •  BIBP 487 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
   •  BIBP 489 - History of Modern Philosophy
   •  PHIL 275 - Introductory Logic and Critical Thinking
   •  PHIL 378 - History and Philosophy of Science
   •  PHIL 379 - Philosophy, Religion and Science
   •  PHIL 380 - Introduction to Philosophy
   •  PHIL 451 - Philosophy and Social Justice
   •  PHIL 478 - Philosophy of Religion
   •  PHIL 486 - Ethics
   •  PHIL 487 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
   •  PHIL 489 - History of Modern Philosophy
   •  PHIL 490 - Early Political Philosophy
   •  PHIL 491 - Modern Political Philosophy

Biology at Au Sable

   •  BIOA 302 - Lake Ecology and Management
   •  BIOA 305 - Field Ecology of Birds
   •  BIOA 311 - Field Botany
   •  BIOA 322 - Aquatic Biology
   •  BIOA 345 - Wildlife Ecology
   •  BIOA 355 - Watersheds in Global Development
   •  BIOA 362 - Environmental Applications for Geographic Information Systems
   •  BIOA 471 - Conservation Biology

Biology

   •  BIOL 101 - Biology - Human Perspective
   •  BIOL 112 - General Biology I
   •  BIOL 113 - General Biology II
   •  BIOL 114 - General Biology I Laboratory
   •  BIOL 115 - General Biology II Laboratory
   •  BIOL 203 - Basic Biology for Teachers
   •  BIOL 221 - Animal Biology
   •  BIOL 222 - Plant Biology
   •  BIOL 223 - Animal Biology Laboratory
   •  BIOL 224 - Plant Biology Laboratory
   •  BIOL 291 - Anatomy and Physiology I
   •  BIOL 292 - Anatomy and Physiology II
   •  BIOL 293 - Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
   •  BIOL 294 - Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
   •  BIOL 308 - Global Healthcare
   •  BIOL 309 - Medicinal Botany
   •  BIOL 312 - Cell Biology
   •  BIOL 313 - Cell Biology Laboratory
   •  BIOL 330 - Neurobiology
   •  BIOL 332 - Mind and Wellness
   •  BIOL 345 - Range and Wildland Plants
   •  BIOL 351 - Genetics
   •  BIOL 353 - General Microbiology
   •  BIOL 354 - General Microbiology Lab
   •  BIOL 355 - Microbiology
   •  BIOL 357 - Microbiology Laboratory
 

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