General Studies

Mission

To provide students with co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to learn, exercise and refine their academic skills, and receive exposure to practical learning experiences which can lead to personal growth and development.

Courses

General Studies (GNST)

GNST 001 - Strategies for Academic and Personal SuccessCredits 0

Instruction in success strategies for navigating the rigors of college and life beyond. Particular attention is given to time management, personal self-awareness, strengths based living/learning, moderation, critical thinking, test-taking and holistic living. Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $60.

GNST 002 - Above and BeyondCredits 0

College study skill development, organizational and academic accountability, for selected/approved participants through the undergraduate admissions process. Grade Mode: C.
Prerequisites: Course eligibility via selection.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

GNST 003 - LEAD Scholars ProgramCredits 0

This course is a 2-semester required course for students in the LEAD Scholars Program. The course guides the students in constructing a Biblical foundation for diversity and analyzing cultural worldviews. Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

GNST 004 - Gospel ChoirCredits 0

This multicultural experience focuses on the training in, and performance of, all categories of Gospel music. Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

GNST 101 - Introduction to Career PlanningCredits 1-2

This course will introduce students to the essential components in their career development. Students will have opportunity to identify their interests, skills and personality traits related to the world of work. Development of a resume, introduction to career and industry information and create an action plan to meet career goals are objectives of this class. Open to all students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $35.

GNST 102 - First Year SeminarCredit 1

First Year Seminar is designed to introduce first-year students to the academic community and engage them in the unique aspects of Biola's biblically centered education. This discipline-linked course also provides an overview of the student's chosen major and a generalist offering is available for undeclared students. Required of all first-time students with fewer than 12 transferable credits from a college (excluding AP, IB, dual credit, or CLEP). Notes: Required for graduation. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

GNST 140 - Leadership Practicum ICredits 1-3

Provides students with the opportunity to learn, exercise and refine skills which will facilitate personal growth and increase their ability to solve problems as a member of the Leadership Community. Student should be enabled to reach higher levels of self-understanding and deeper insights into dynamics which enhance and hinder interpersonal relationships. Notes: May not be used to substitute for a Core Curriculum requirement. May not be counted toward any major. May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

GNST 451 - Leadership Practicum IICredits 1-3

Directed practical experience in leadership communication for students involved in Residence Life, Spiritual Life, Christian Formation and Ministry, Student Orientation Service, Student Government Association, the Student Missionary Union, and Commuter Life. Notes: May not be used to substitute for a Core Curriculum requirement. May not be counted toward any major. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.