ASB Course Descriptions

BIO 115  Environmental Science
Environmental Science is an introduction to biological and social issues affecting the environment.  Topics include energy resources; land conservation; ecosystem diversity and sustainability; soil, water and air quality management; climate change; and environmental policy.  A diversity of social, political, religious, and scientific viewpoints on environmental issues will be presented.  Of special emphasis will be a Christian perspective on responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources.

BIB 115 Biblical Foundations 
This course, designed for students with minimal knowledge of the Bible, will explore basic issues related to the Bible‘s big story (metanarrative), origin (canonicity), trustworthiness (revelation and inspiration), and proper interpretation and application (hermeneutics).  If credit has already been earned for BIB 222 and/or BIB 224 this course may not be taken.

BUS 121 Introduction to Business
This course examines the core functions of business, introducing learners to management, accounting, economics, finance, and marketing. Through both formal academic and experiential training, learners are encouraged to determine if business is a calling on their life. In addition, this course explores the biblical basis for business and the free market, distinguishes between profit and greed, and establishes a biblical standard for ethical business decision-making.

BUS 135 Business Information Systems
This course will assist the student in developing proficiency in the application of word processing, spreadsheet, statistics, presentation and web design software.

BUS 210 Personal Finance
A study of important personal finance problems form a decision-making viewpoint; examination of the principles of spending, saving, borrowing, and investing; how to set personal Christian financial goals. Topics include budgeting, inflation, housing, insurance, taxation, banking and lending and investments. 

BUS 243 Principles of Marketing
An introduction to marketing in relation to the business environment; involves a study from the conception of the idea for a good or service to its utilization by the consumer with emphasis on major decision areas (product, place, price, and promotion) and tools.

COMM 111 Introduction to Communication
A course designed to develop an understanding of the basic principles of speech communication and proficiency in their use. 

CT 114 Introduction to Christian Thought & Apologetics
This is an introductory course in philosophy and Christian apologetics which will introduce and examine issues of faith and reason and their impact on beliefs about man and God.  How do we know anything at all?  What is Truth?  What is the relationship between science and faith?  Different ways to defend beliefs from a Christian perspective will be examined and some cultural analysis and its impact on beliefs will be included.

ENG 109 College Writing I
This course focuses on the development of proficiency in writing through peer editing, revision, and instruction by the professor. Students will write a number of essays, one of which involves a short literary work, learning the skills required for a variety of writing modes.

ENG 110 College Writing II
Students will learn basic elements of critical thinking and the application of those elements to living in the contemporary world. Assignments include a major research paper on a controversial topic and a critical analysis of a topic originating in a major work of fiction. Prerequisite: ENG 109.

GS 100 Personal Effectiveness 
Assists students in identifying their own style and developing their ability for personal effectiveness as an adult  student. Students develop mission statements, principles, and goals, in preparation for coursework. Emphasis will be placed on assisting students in developing time-management techniques. 

HIS 112  Western Civilization II
A survey course with an emphasis on world geography studying modern civilizations 1660 to the present. (You do not need to have Western Civilization I prior to taking this course)

HIS 222 History of the United States II 
A survey course that includes the influence of geography in the historical development of the US. This course covers 1877 to present. (You do not need to have History of the United States I prior to taking this course)

MATH 116 Contemporary Mathematics 
Intended for students majoring in liberal arts disciplines not requiring additional study in mathematics.  Designed to stimulate mathematical thinking by looking at areas of mathematics not usually encountered in the high school curriculum with an emphasis on their applications in real life.  Topics include graph theory, logic, geometry, applications of exponents and logarithms, mathematics of social science, and coding theory.  Prerequisite:  MATH 099 or equivalent.

MGT 237 Principles of Management
A survey of management theory and practice with emphasis on the functional and task requirements of management. Specific topics include decision making, time management, planning, organizing, directing, motivating, and controlling.

MGT 441 Leadership and Managing Change
This course explores leadership traits, styles, roles, and responsibilities of successful leaders over time. This course seeks to determine the students’ individual leadership style and to promote the development of the servant leadership approach modeled by Christ. The course also deals with the practical issues of leading organizations through change and managing the day-to-day aspects of organizational change.

MUS 210 Music Appreciation
A survey course designed to investigate the nature and role of music.  Emphasis on the elements of music, the characteristic styles of major historical periods, and the lives and works of key composers within the Western musical tradition. 

PHIL 211 Intro to Philosophy
A consideration of the basic areas of philosophy, with special attention given to metaphysics (e.g. existence of God), epistemology, and moral philosophies.

PSY 111 General Psychology
Introduction to the general field of psychology. Emphasizes concepts helpful for understanding contemporary psychology and those basic to further study.