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Abilene Christian University    
2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Oct 18, 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.

 

Biology

   •  BIOL 362 - Ecology
   •  BIOL 364 - Ecology Laboratory
   •  BIOL 370 - Field Biology
   •  BIOL 380 - General Mammalogy
   •  BIOL 399 - Biology Research
   •  BIOL 401 - Secondary Science Teaching Methods
   •  BIOL 403 - Marine Biology
   •  BIOL 425 - Behavioral Biology: Theory and Methods
   •  BIOL 448 - Biology of Aging
   •  BIOL 454 - Immunology
   •  BIOL 472 - Biochemistry I: Foundations of Biochemistry
   •  BIOL 475 - Molecular Genetics
   •  BIOL 476 - Biotechnology Laboratory
   •  BIOL 480 - Histology
   •  BIOL 481 - Plant Systematics
   •  BIOL 483 - Biostatistics
   •  BIOL 484 - Developmental Biology
   •  BIOL 491 - Human Anatomy
   •  BIOL 492 - Physiology
   •  BIOL 493 - Human Anatomy Laboratory
   •  BIOL 495 - Physiology Laboratory
   •  BIOL 497 - Seminar in Biology
   •  BIOL 498 - Cancer Biology

Business Law

   •  BLAW 363 - Legal Environment of Business
   •  BLAW 461 - Business Law II

Marriage and Family Therapy

   •  BMFT 601 - Pre-Internship
   •  BMFT 602 - MFT Internship I
   •  BMFT 603 - MFT Internship II
   •  BMFT 604 - MFT Internship III
   •  BMFT 605 - MFT Internship IV
   •  BMFT 610 - Couples Therapy
   •  BMFT 615 - Research Methods & Family Therapy
   •  BMFT 634 - Addictive Disorders
   •  BMFT 639 - Family Theory/General Systems Theory
   •  BMFT 641 - Family Therapy I
   •  BMFT 643 - Professional Ethics and Law
   •  BMFT 645 - Systemic Diagnosis & Assessment
   •  BMFT 651 - Sexual Therapy
   •  BMFT 661 - Family Therapy II
   •  BMFT 662 - Family Life Cycle
   •  BMFT 663 - Cultural Diversity in Marriage and Family Therapy
   •  BMFT 665 - Therapy Across the Life-Cycle
   •  BMFT 670 - Introduction to Medical Family Therapy
   •  BMFT 671 - Medical Family Therapy Theory, Practice, and Research
   •  BMFT 673 - Illness, Disability, Death, and Dying Across the Lifespan
   •  BMFT 675 - Interventions in Medical Family Therapy
   •  BMFT 696 - Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior
   •  BMFT 699 - Thesis

Missions

   •  BMIS 245 - Understanding Culture for Global Service
   •  BMIS 270 - Living the Mission
   •  BMIS 371 - Religion in Global Contexts
   •  BMIS 391 - Service in Global Contexts
   •  BMIS 420 - Gospel in a Multicultural World
   •  BMIS 421 - Mission as Spiritual Formation
   •  BMIS 458 - Focused Training in Missions
   •  BMIS 481 - Global Urban Ministry
   •  BMIS 610 - Evangelism in North America
   •  BMIS 619 - Church and Mission
   •  BMIS 621 - Fundamentals of Spiritual Nurture
   •  BMIS 633 - Leadership Training
   •  BMIS 645 - Missionary Anthropology
   •  BMIS 646 - Foundations of Missional Practice
   •  BMIS 647 - Readings in Contextual Theology
   •  BMIS 648 - Planting and Developing Churches
   •  BMIS 649 - Reading and Engaging Contemporary Cultures
   •  BMIS 650 - Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
   •  BMIS 652 - Developing New Churches in North America
   •  BMIS 653 - Growth Strategies for Established Churches
   •  BMIS 669 - Introduction to Linguistics
   •  BMIS 670 - Cross-Cultural Communication
   •  BMIS 671 - Supervised Research in Missions
   •  BMIS 672 - Religion in Global Contexts
   •  BMIS 673 - History of Missions
   •  BMIS 675 - Theology of Mission
   •  BMIS 680 - Urban Missions
   •  BMIS 689 - Folk Religions and New Spiritualities
   •  BMIS 697 - Intercultural Competence for Global Service
   •  BMIS 699 - Master's Thesis

Business Administration

   •  BUSA 120 - Introduction to Business
   •  BUSA 419 - International Business
   •  BUSA 435 - Christian Business Leadership Perspectives
   •  BUSA 530 - Leadership
   •  BUSA 550 - Foundations of Analytics
   •  BUSA 554 - Accounting and Finance for Managers
   •  BUSA 636 - Organizational Behavior
   •  BUSA 645 - International Business
   •  BUSA 652 - Operations and Information Technology Management
   •  BUSA 656 - Strategic Marketing
   •  BUSA 661 - Global Supply Chain Management
   •  BUSA 670 - Managerial Decision Making
   •  BUSA 674 - Innovation

Middle East Studies Program

   •  CANT 4e0 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
   •  CFOR 1E0 - Introduction to Arabic Language
   •  CHIS 3E0 - Islamic Thought and Practice
   •  CHIS 4E0 - Conflict and Change in the Middle East

China Studies Program

   •  CART 4C0 - Chinese Painting
   •  CBUS 4C0 - International Business in China
   •  CBUS 4C1 - Business Internship
   •  CEXS 2C0 - Tai Chi
   •  CFOR 1C0 - Chinese I
 

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