Biblical and Theological Studies Minor


The mission of Biola's Biblical and Theological Studies minor is to teach Christian undergraduate students to view all of God's world through the perspective of God's Word, the Bible. This biblical worldview involves understanding and applying the Bible as the foundation of the Christian faith, values, and virtues — both historically and presently. The goal is that students will lead lives of integrity and will engage the world of ideas, their vocations, their local church communities, and their society as responsible citizens, being faithful stewards of God's gifts to them and, empowered by His Spirit, carrying out Christ's commission to make disciples of all nations.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. BIBLE: Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments, and apply the biblical teaching for Christian faith and practice through reliable and faithful methods of interpretation (ULO 1).
  2. THEOLOGY: Explain the major doctrines of Christianity from an evangelical perspective, including their biblical basis and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
  3. INTEGRATION: Examine their academic disciplines through critical evaluation of the knowledge, skills, and values of the discipline according to Christian faith and practice (i.e., a biblical worldview) (ULO 2 and 3).
  4. SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Describe a personal relationship with God in a maturing Christian faith and practice, and demonstrate the ability to serve the church and the world for Jesus Christ's purposes of redemption (ULO 2 and 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Curriculum Requirements

Students who complete the 30-credit Core Curriculum (GE) Bible Requirements at Biola University qualify for a minor in Bible. This minor is displayed on the transcript if the student declares the minor on the graduation petition. There is a residency requirement and an upper-division requirement for receipt of the Bible minor. Twelve credits must be upper-division (6 in the core and 6 in electives, as listed below) and at least 15 credits must be completed in residency (including at least 6 of the required 12 upper-division credits listed below). Transfer credit, credit for prior learning, and credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the minimum residency requirement.

Foundational Courses
BBST 103Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation3
BBST 165Foundations of Christian Thought3
BBST 209Old Testament History and Literature3
BBST 210New Testament History and Literature3
Intermediate Courses
BBST 251Theology I3
BBST 354Theology II3
Select only one of the following Evangelism and Missions Exposition courses:3
Early Christian History - Acts
Gospel of John
Lukan Writings
Elective Courses
BBST 300/400Upper-Division Bible Elective3
BBST 365Bible Theology and Integration3
BBST 465Integration Seminar 13
Total Credits30

BBST 465 may be taken with different content for a maximum of 6 credits counted toward graduation.