Bible, Theology, and Apologetics, B.S.
The B.S. in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics exists to provide adult learners with training in biblical interpretation, theological understanding, apologetics, and practical skills for effective thinking and service in their local contexts.
The Bachelor of Science in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics is a fully online post-traditional degree delivering Biola’s rich legacy of philosophical, theological, and exegetical excellence to the world. This 120-credit program is built on four interweaving curricular components: 1) Biola’s core curriculum, 2) a broad foundation in Old and New Testament studies, 3) a sequence of systematic and integrative theology courses, and 4) a robust track in cutting-edge apologetics. Along the way, these main academic pillars are fortified with 9 credits focused on ministry application. This degree promises to bring a blend of courses and competencies that are not only unique to the broader marketplace of high education, but uniquely aligned with Biola’s historic cultural contributions and current strengths.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Bible, Theology, and Apologetics, students will be able to:
- Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments, including the ancient world contexts of the Bible. Apply the biblical teaching for Christian faith and practice, and for biblical-theological research, through advanced principles of sound interpretation (ULO 1, 2).
- Describe a personal relationship with God in a maturing Christian faith and practice, and articulate an intellectually sound case for the Christian faith (ULO 2, 3).
- Explain the major doctrines of Christianity from an evangelical perspective, including their biblical basis and canonical progression, diverse perspectives, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
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.
- Must be a believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).
- Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
- Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED).
- Students with fewer than 15 semester credits post high school must apply as transfer students and meet the Admissions requirements for first time college students. In addition, students are required to:
- Submit SAT/ACT scores, or
- If no test scores, the Post Traditional Test-Optional Rubric process will be used.
Credit for Prior Learning
The following courses may be fulfilled by credit for prior learning experience and prior learning assessment (PLA) in the Biblical Ministries program: BBST 103; BBST 209; BBST 210. For BBST 103, students will submit a portfolio and for BBST 209 and BBST 210, students will take the challenge exams. Contact Student Success or the academic department for more information.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses|
The Core Curriculum requirement for Kinesiology and Health Science has been waived for this major.
|Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation|
|Foundations of Christian Thought|
|Old Testament History and Literature|
|New Testament History and Literature|
|Early Christian History - Acts|
|Biblical Backgrounds (Understanding Bible's Context)|
|Bible Theology and Integration (Gospel Kingdom Culture)|
|BBST 316||Gospel of John||3|
|BBST 330||Jesus' Life and Ministry||3|
|BBST 409||Topics in Old Testament Ethics||3|
|BBST 440||Advanced Study: Old Testament (Geography of Israel)||3|
|Advanced Theology and Apologetics Requirement|
|BBST 450||Advanced Study: Systematic Theology (Apologetics)||3|
|BBST 456||God, Evil, and Suffering||3|
|BBST 457||Evidence for the Resurrection||3|
|Ministry Application Requirement|
|BBST 320||Methods of Bible Study||3|
|CEED 150||Foundations of Ministry||3|
|CEED 330||Biblical Interpretation and Teaching||3|