Academic Counseling

What Courses Should I Take?

Some of the most important decisions you will make relate to the courses you will take in the coming semester. The information below is designed to help you with those choices. You should use this information together with the Spring 2017 Course Schedule.

The information below is divided into four sections.

Note: If you register online, you are responsible to make sure you sign up for the correct courses. Read the information below carefully, and contact Boyce College if needed for academic counseling. 

Boyce College Office of Academic Advising: (502) 897-4502 or boyceadvising@sbts.edu

 

Preliminary Information


New Student Orientation. Information is available on the web concerning orientation for new students. Orientation for new students is mandatory. Even if you have registered for your classes on the web you must attend the sessions related to academic advising. In these sessions you will have the opportunity to review your class selection and to meet the Department Coordinators and other faculty in your degree major.

Course Numbering. Each course listed in the schedule has a course number. For example, the first listing for “Old Testament Survey I” is numbered “BL 101 A.”

The first two letters indicate the course subject. For example, BA is for Business Administration, BL is for Bible; CN for Counseling, etc. Those letters are followed by a three-digit number. The first digit indicates the year in which a course should be taken. For example, BL 101 can be taken by a first year student; BA 226 should be taken by a second year student, etc. The last two digits distinguish courses from one another (for example, BL 101, BL 111, etc.). The higher numbers do not necessarily mean the courses are more difficult.

Some courses have a letter following the number (i.e., BL 101 A, BL 101 B). This letter refers to the course section; it indicates that the same course is being taught more than once during the semester. If you intend to take Old Testament Survey I, you only need to sign up for one section of the course.

Prerequisites. Some courses require you to complete one or more other courses before you take them. Prerequisites for all courses are listed in the Spring 2017 Course Schedule.

If you look under the column “Prerequisites/Notes” for BA 102A you will not see anything listed. This means there are no prerequisites for this course. If you look under comments for BAL 404 (Interpreting Daniel), however, it reads: “BL 102.” That means you need to take that course or its equivalent before you take BL 404. It is your responsibility to check the prerequisites for each course you intend to take.

How many courses should you take? A 3 credit hour course meets for 3 hours a week for one semester (August-November or January-May). A full-time student will take 12 or more credit hours, a part-time student will take less than 12 credit hours. Full-time students should plan to take 12 to 18 credit hours, depending on family, work and ministry responsibilities.

Student Classifications. Some course descriptions state they should be taken by students at the Sophomore level, etc. These levels are determined by how many credit hours a student has earned, including transfer hours.

Boyce College students are classified as follows:

  • Freshman: 0-29 hours
  • Sophomore: 30-62 hours
  • Junior: 63-92 hours
  • Senior: 93+ hours

Please make your course selections with these classifications in mind.

Note: Information about the content of specific courses can be found in the Boyce Academic Catalog.

 

Courses You Should Take as a First Time College Students

 

NOTE: The information below does not apply to students in the following majors. These students should contact their academic counselor before registering for any classes at boyceadvising@sbts.edu.

Bachelor of Science in Humanities.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education P-5.

Worldview Certificate Program.

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies: Seminary Track. Students interested in the Seminary Track may consult the Seminary Track Course Sequence.

The following are recommendations for first time students.

The first course you should sign up for is “EN 101 English Composition I.” This course will not only help you with the basics of English but will review requirements used for writing term and research papers at Boyce College.

Note: Students may not enroll in any 200 level or higher course without taking English Composition I and II. Courses at the 200 level or higher will require you to write research papers; you will learn the proper form to use in writing those papers in the English Composition classes.   There are a few exceptions; they are listed below under Course Recommendations: Specific Majors.

The next courses you should take are courses in your specific major. It is important that you take courses that are listed for your program as “Major Studies” in the Boyce catalog. Since these courses may not be offered every year, it is important you take them when they are available. See the section below entitled ‘Course Recommendations: Specific Majors’ to see if there are any of these courses for which you should enroll.

You should then plan to take one of the Bible Survey courses that is available (either BL 101 Old Testament Survey I, BL 102 Old Testament Survey II, BL 151 New Testament Survey I, or BL 152 New Testament Survey II). You may take Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey at the same time, and you may take Old/New Testament Survey II before you take Survey I.

To round out your schedule, you should then take any other first year course that is required for all degree programs. These courses include:

BL 111 Hermeneutics

CN 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

HS 105 Ancient Near Eastern History

MA 102 Contemporary Mathematics  (not required for Business Administration)

MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions

MS 105 Personal Evangelism

PH 103 Introduction to Philosophy

PH108 Worldview Analysis

PS 101 Introduction to Psychology

Some course sections may fill before you have a chance to register for them. You should have a list of alternate courses and class times ready.

Note: You should also register for the course CP 100 Cooperative Program. This is a non-credit course required for all students new to Boyce College. See the course description on the Spring 2017 Course Schedule.

 

Courses You Should Take: Transfer Students

 

The first course transfer students should take is English Composition I or II, if needed.

Note: Students may not enroll in any 200 level or higher course without taking English Composition I and II. These courses will require you to write research papers; you will learn the proper form to use in writing those papers in the English Composition classes.

The next courses you should take are courses in your specific major. It is important that you take courses that are listed for your program as “Major Studies” in the Boyce catalog. Since these courses may not be offered every year, it is important you take them when they are available. See the section below entitled ‘Course Recommendations: Specific Majors’ to see if there are any of these courses for which you should enroll.

You should then take any other 100 level courses you have not yet had that are required for your degree program.

To round out your schedule, you should then take any 200 level courses required for your degree program. Check the catalog to see which courses are required. Be sure to check for any prerequisites.

Note: You should also register for the course CP 100 Cooperative Program. This is a non-credit course required for all students new to Boyce College. See the course description on the Spring 2017 Course Schedule.

 

Course Recommendations: Specific Majors

 

As mentioned above, students should begin taking courses in their specific majors as soon as possible. The following guidelines will help you know which courses to take.

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies/Associate of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies

If you are not transferring in any Bible courses, it is a good idea to get started right away with Old Testament Survey I or II, or New Testament Survey I or II, or both an Old and New Testament Survey course (BL 101/102 and BL 151/152). You should also enroll in BL 111 Hermeneutics. The more advanced Bible and theology courses will be much easier if you take these foundational courses first.

If you are transferring in with a larger amount of transfer credits, choose the appropriate 200-300 level courses, making sure you meet the necessary prerequisites.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Worldview and Apologetics

New students should take Introduction to Philosophy (PH 103) and Worldview Analysis (PH 108) which are required before any advanced courses can be taken. The Hermeneutics course (BL 111) is also recommended.

Students who are transferring in with a larger amount of transfer credits should choose the appropriate 200-400 level courses. If you have transfer credits that count toward Introduction to Philosophy (PH 103) and Worldview Analysis (PH 108), you should also take any combination of the following: Christian Apologetics I IPH 215) or Epistemology (PH 412).

Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry: Expository Preaching and Pastoral Leadership

New students may not take preaching courses until their sophomore year. They should begin taking the prerequisites for Preaching I, which include Old Testament Survey I or II and/or New Testament Survey I or II (BL 101, 102/BL 151, 152).  They should also take Hermeneutics (BL 111) which is required before any advanced courses can be taken.  In addition, Introduction to Biblical Counseling (CN 101), and World Religions (TH 311) are also available.

Students with transfer credits may register for Preaching I (PR205) if they have taken the appropriate prerequisites (two semesters of either OT or NT Survey and Hermeneutics [BL 111]).  Preaching II (PR 206) is also available for those who have taken Preaching I (PR 205) or its equivalent.  Advanced Expository Preaching (PR 401) is also available for those who have taken Preaching I (PR205) and Preaching II (PR 206) or their equivalent.

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration

New students should take BA 101 Introduction to Business.

Transfer students should take BA 101 Introduction to Business, BA 210 Economics, BA 221 Financial Accounting, BA 251 Management and Org. Behavior, BA 311 Business and Global Studies and MA 261 Statistics if they have completed MA 111 College Algebra.

Bachelor of Science: Biblical Counseling

All new and transfer students should register for CN 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling and/or CN 125 Spiritual Life Dynamics.  In addition, transfer students may consider registering for PS 101 Introduction to Psychology.

Bachelor of Science: Church Ministry

If you are an incoming freshman for the Church Ministry degree and not a transfer student, you should take: Introduction to Biblical Counseling (CN 101).

If you are a transfer student, you should also take CN Introduction to Biblical Counseling (CN 101).   World Religions (TH 331) is also available.

In addition, if you are a Church Ministry Major and a transfer student you need to take the following courses that fulfill your requirements for your area of concentration:

For Youth and Family Ministry concentration: Programs in Family Ministry (CE 113) and Campus Outreach (YM 350) are also available.

For the Christian Leadership Concentration: Introduction to Business (BA 101) and Pastoral Ministry and Leadership (PW 315) are also available.

Bachelor of Science: Global Studies

New students should take MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions and/or MS 105 Personal Evangelism. Both classes are needed prerequisites for future GS classes.

Transfer students should also take MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions and/or MS 105 Personal Evangelism. Both classes serve as prerequisites for future GS classes.

Transfer students who have the equivalent of MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions and/or MS 105 Personal Evangelism, should consider enrolling in GS 211 Intercultural Communication.

Bachelor of Science: Worship and Pastoral Studies

Bachelor of Science: Worship and Music Studies

First year students should register for the following courses:  MU095 Foundational Musicianship (if you have not read music before); MU150 Boyce College Choir; WL142 SWME: Managing Your Ministry; WL181 Introduction to Worship; Applied Major (MU171, 173, 176, etc. depends on student’s emphasis); Applied Minor (MU165 Class Piano I for most but depends on student’s emphasis)

Transfer students who are not transferring in any music courses should register for the same courses listed above for first year students. Students who are transferring in music courses should contact Dr. Connell for assistance in course selection. Transfer students attempting to transfer credits in Music Theory from another institution should also plan to take a Music Theory Proficiency Exam during orientation weekend.

All entering music students will also take a placement test in basic music reading and sight singing during the audition time. This is for evaluative purposes only and entrance into the program is not contingent upon prior experience or aptitude at the time of enrollment.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Scott Connell, Coordinator for Music and Worship Studies, at 502-897-4708, or by email at sconnell@sbts.edu.

 

Academic Advising: If you need further assistance with the courses you should take, contact the Boyce College Office of Academic Advising at 1-502-897-4502 or boyceadvising@sbts.edu