2017-2018 Catalog 
    Aug 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED 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.


China Studies Program

   •  CFOR 1C1 - Chinese II
   •  CHIS 3C0 - Chinese History
   •  CHUM 4C1 - Dimensions of East Asian Culture
   •  CINT 4C0 - Intercultural Communication
   •  CPHI 4C0 - Eastern Philosophy and Religions
   •  CPOL 4C0 - Contemporary Society: Public Policy and Economic Development

India Studies Program

   •  CART 4I0 - Indian Design: Traditional Costumes and Textiles
   •  CART 4I1 - Indian Arts & Paintings
   •  CBIB 4I0 - India Religious Landscape
   •  CBUS 4I0 - Current Perspective of Business In India
   •  CENG 4I0 - Indian Literature
   •  CFAM 4I0 - Culinary Dimensions of Culture: Indian Cuisine, Traditions and Festivals
   •  CSOC 4I0 - Contemporary India: Culture, Society, Challenges
   •  CSOC 4I1 - Indian Society & Social Work Intervention
   •  CXXX 4I? - Field Experience & Internship

Uganda Studies Program

   •  CBIB 4U0 - Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context
   •  CBIB 4U1 - Cross Cultural Immersion/Missions Practicum
   •  CBIB 4U2 - African Traditional Religions, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Uganda
   •  CBIB 4U3 - Uganda Studies Emphasis Practicum
   •  CENG 4U0 - African Literature
   •  CHIS 4U0 - East African History From 1800 to Independence
   •  CSOW 4U0 - Social Work Practicum
   •  CXXX 4UX - Additional elective courses are scheduled, but not guaranteed

Latin American Studies Program

   •  CBIO 4L0 - Environmental Science Seminar
   •  CBIO 4L1 - Field Research
   •  CBUS 4L0 - Business Seminar
   •  CFOR 2L0/3L0 - Spanish Language Study
   •  CFOR 4L0 - Perspective on Latin American History and Contemporary Issues
   •  CFOR 4L0 - Practicum/Internship/Case Study
   •  CFOR 4L1 - Travel Practicum
   •  CFOR 4L2 - Language and Literature Seminar
   •  CINT 4L0 - Responses to Third World Reality Seminar

Oxford Scholars' Semester

   •  CENG 4O1 - Tutorials
   •  CENG 4O2 - Integrative Seminar
   •  CENG 4O3 - British Landscape

Oxford Summer Program

   •  CENG 4O4 - The Christian Tradition in the British Isles
   •  CENG 4O5 - Topical Seminars and Tutorials

Chemistry and Biochemistry

   •  CHEM 101 - Consumer Chemistry
   •  CHEM 111 - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 112 - Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 113 - Introductory Chemistry
   •  CHEM 114 - Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry
   •  CHEM 131 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
   •  CHEM 132 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
   •  CHEM 133 - General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 134 - General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 203 - General Science for Elementary Teachers
   •  CHEM 221 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
   •  CHEM 223 - Organic Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 243 - Elementary Biochemistry and Nutrition
   •  CHEM 308 - Global Healthcare
   •  CHEM 322 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
   •  CHEM 324 - Organic Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 333 - Physical Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 334 - Physical Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 341 - Environmental Chemistry
   •  CHEM 355 - Analytical Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 356 - Analytical Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 375 - Molecular Modeling and Computational Chemistry
   •  CHEM 393 - Introduction to Research
   •  CHEM 401 - Secondary Science Teaching Methods
   •  CHEM 413 - Physical Chemistry/Life Sciences
   •  CHEM 423 - Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar
   •  CHEM 441 - Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 443 - Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 453 - Biochemistry I: Foundations of Biochemistry
   •  CHEM 454 - Biochemistry II: Gene Expression
   •  CHEM 456 - Biochemistry III: Metabolism
   •  CHEM 463 - Biochemistry Laboratory I
   •  CHEM 464 - Biochemistry Laboratory II
   •  CHEM 483 - Polymer Chemistry

Australia Studies Centre

   •  CHIS 4S0 - Indigenous History, Cultures and Identity
   •  CINT 4S0 - View From Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics
   •  CTHE 4S0 - Faith and the Contemporary Artist I
   •  CTHE 4S0 - Faith and the Contemporary Artist II
   •  CXXX 4SX - Discipline courses in dance, drama, music, drawing/graphic design, theology/ministry

Los Angeles Film Studies

   •  CJMC 4F0 - Faith and Artistic Development in Film
   •  CJMC 4F1 - Internship: Inside Hollywood
   •  CTHE 4F0 - Hollywood Production Workshop
   •  CTHE 4F2 - Professional Screenwriting
   •  CTHE 4F3 - Independent Study
   •  CTHE 4F4 - Professional Acting for Camera
   •  CTHE 4F5 - Narrative Storytelling
   •  CUNI 4F0 - Internship: Inside Hollywood

Contemporary Music Center

   •  CMUS 4M0 - Faith, Music and Culture
   •  CMUS 4M1 - Inside the Music Industry
   •  CMUS 4M10 - Audio Engineering
   •  CMUS 4M11 - Concert Production
   •  CMUS 4M2 - Supervised Practicum
   •  CMUS 4M3 - Essentials of Song Writing
   •  CMUS 4M4 - Studio Recording
   •  CMUS 4M5 - Performance
   •  CMUS 4M6 - Strategic Management
   •  CMUS 4M7 - Music Business Survey
   •  CMUS 4M8 - Advanced Media Marketing
   •  CMUS 4M9 - Advanced Studio Recording


   •  COMM 136 - Debate Workshop
   •  COMM 211 - Speech and Rhetoric
   •  COMM 222 - Discussion, Dissent and Debate
   •  COMM 236 - General Communication Theory

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