Azusa Pacific University System
Bachelor of Science in
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General Studies Core Requirements
Learners pursuing any of LAPU’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Studies Core before starting their major requirements. Learners must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average in the major. Some majors may require a 2.5 grade-point average (please refer to the degree for more details). All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists. Prior coursework from regionally accredited colleges/universities may be transferred to meet the General Studies Core requirements.
Practical instruction on how to speak effectively and basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.
In this course, students are introduced to academic research and writing at the university level. Particular attention is paid to responding to university-level writing prompts, defining and identifying academic sources, integrating academic sources in their writing, and defining and practicing academic integrity. Prerequisite: ENG 101.
This course introduces students to the visual arts and architecture of various times and cultures with a focus on interpretation and meaning-making, consideration of the role of visual arts in building and responding to culture. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of art and architecture with the aim of expanding students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.
This course introduces students to the varying genres of literature — fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema — while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression. Prerequisite: ENG 105.
An introduction to the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. The course will introduce students to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, students will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, students will learn to articulate a comprehensive Christian worldview and communicate their perspectives with clarity and relevancy.
Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.
A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of the world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial, and national identities; capitalism, colonialism, and development; ecological imperialism; religious movements; industrialization; and modernization. Prerequisite: ENG 105.
This course acquaints the student with the major developments of U.S. history from early colonial developments through the Civil War. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Students develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course. Students cannot earn credit for both HIS 203 and HIS 420.
This course acquaints the student with the major developments of U.S. history from the Reconstruction Era through recent times. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Students develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course.
Exploration of United States history from pre-colonization until the Industrial Revolution. Candidates reflect on the importance of democracy and the Constitution as a lens for understanding democratic principles that serve as the foundation of our political system. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students cannot earn credit for both HIS 203 and HIS 420.
This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.
This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.
This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to Los Angeles Pacific University, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Students are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, a strengths-based approach to learning and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.
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Health Sciences Program Requirements
To earn the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, students must complete the following degree components:
This introductory course examines the causes and consequences of disease and the promotion of individual, family and community health. Public health, social science, and behavioral science findings are studied. Examples of topics covered include major chronic and infectious diseases, mental health, reproductive health, and drug and alcohol use and misuse. Identifying healthy personal behaviors that promote wellness and minimize unhealthy lifestyle will be emphasized.
This course takes a broad overview of the healthcare system in the United States. Topics include a historic examination of the healthcare system in America; universal, primary, private, and managed care; advances in medical technology; healthcare providers; informatics; gerontology and long-term care; and healthcare reform and policy.
This is an elementary course in basic statistical concepts. Students are introduced to the understanding and use of necessary computational procedures to attain the basic skills in the following: frequency distributions, graphs, central tendency, variability, normal curve, probabilities, correlation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square. Understanding and use of the above statistics are stressed over mathematical development.
An extensive study of psychological development from conception through death. This multidisciplinary approach examines the effects of psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, biological, spiritual, moral, and related factors that impact human development.
A comprehensive theoretical and practical introduction to planning, conducting, reporting, and evaluating psychological research. Topics include experimental design, quantitative and qualitative procedures, ethical considerations, as well as, critical analysis and scrutiny of published research. Students will plan, conduct, and present research using APA guidelines and writing standards. Prerequisites: APSY 105, STAT 280.
Reviews research and perspectives on the psychology of culture. Examines diversity including age, race, religion, nationality, disability, language, and gender. Explores the relationship between cultural factors and prejudice, discrimination and oppression. Applies knowledge and principles to effective interaction and service in a multicultural society.
Fundamental microbiological principles and laboratory techniques with an emphasis on disease-causing microorganisms, new and old methods of disease treatment and prevention, and host immune responses. Prerequisite: BIO 230 or BIO 240. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.
The structure and function of cells and tissues; anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.
Continuation of the study of body systems started in BIO 230 including the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 230. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.
This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credits.
Nutrition—and its specific impact on wellness and health risks—will be the focus of this course. Topics explored are (1) dietary-related disease (e.g., coronary heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, gluten allergies, etc.); (2) obesity in the U.S.; (3) malnutrition among the youth and the elderly; (4) nutrition-based interventions, and others.
This course focuses on human choices and actions that typically occur in medical practice. This course begins with a brief overview of ethics and then moves to develop and consider the moral values and principles relevant to medical practice and bioethics.
This course focuses on the principles of genetics with the application at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. The topics include structure and function of genes, chromosomes, and genomes; biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection; population genetics; use of genetic methods to analyze protein function; gene regulation; and inherited disease.
Examination of culture and social interactions in mediating the health and illness effects as they impact individuals and groups. Topics include the social impact of illness, the relationships between patients and health professionals, advertising and pharmaceutical use/abuse, unhealthy lifestyle choices in families and communities, and healthful practices of social groups.
This capstone course completes the BSHS program. Drawing on the health sciences core and concentration, adult students conceive and design a healthcare project in collaboration with project sponsors. Prerequisites: APSY 300, HSCI 300, and senior standing.
This course is the preparation for HSCI 497B Fieldwork B, a student-initiated, community-based service-learning project in an approved health science setting where the student explores a particular health sciences career role and an ethical issue related to that role. The student will develop a field experience contract with an onsite supervisor and a health sciences faculty member. The students will then present their findings with other colleagues in the course by uploading activity reports in the online discussions. Prerequisites: APSY 300, HSCI 300, and senior standing; or Assistant Dean permission. NOTE: This course must be completed in conjunction with HSCI 497B; failure to complete HSCI 497B in the immediately following session will require repeating HSCI 497A.
This course is a student-initiated, community-based service-learning project in an approved health science setting where the student explores a particular health sciences career role and an ethical issue related to that role. The students will then present their findings with other colleagues in the course by uploading activity reports in the online discussions. Prerequisites: APSY 300, HSCI 300, HSCI 497A in the immediately preceding session, and senior standing; or HSCI 497A in the immediately preceding session and Assistant Dean permission.
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