Azusa Pacific University System
Bachelor of Science
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General Studies Core Requirements
Students pursuing any of LAPU’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Studies Core before starting their major requirements. Students 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 introduction to concepts and tools of economic analysis for microeconomics. Students study the interactions of firms and consumers: consumer demands, firm costs, price determination under various market structures, and the role of government in a market economy. Prerequisite: MATH 125 or STAT 280.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of 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.
Physical and Biological Sciences
(Requirement waived for B.S. in Health Sciences, increases general electives.)
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.
The history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, and exponents. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.
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.
*Must be taken at LAPU
Organizational Leadership Program Requirements
To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, students must complete the following degree components:
Introductory statistics with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge. Students learn sampling techniques for data collection, summarize statistical information using numeric values and graphical displays, and analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods.
Students examine group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the principles of group dynamics, problem-solving, decision-making, diagnosis and resolution of conflict, and managing meetings.
Students examine adult development and learning theory, including how adults think, act and behave in the workplace. Students conduct assessments to be able to understand the adult development cycle, learning styles, and how temperaments impact the workplace. A strengths-based orientation toward workforce development is explored. Students are also introduced to the process of identifying sources of life and work experience that might be applicable to earning college credit through “flexible learning pathways.”
Students learn the purpose and value of research as a problem- solving tool in organizations. Approaches for identifying, analyzing, and researching organizational problems are emphasized as students select and review an appropriate organizational problem for their applied research projects.
How organizations function as complex systems; the interrelatedness of organizational purpose, structure, leadership, relationships, and rewards in an organization.
Refinement of both written and oral presentation skills. Clear and concise presentation of ideas, reports, and proposals is the primary goal of this course.
Investigation of the significant impact ethics and worldviews have in the workplace through the lens of a biblical perspective. Students develop an integrated approach to business for the common good to formulate responses about ethical and worldview aspects of current professional and social issues. Students consider multiple ethical and worldview perspectives to gain an awareness of navigating a multi-faith oriented workplace.
Introduction to the principles of conducting secondary research by creating a literature review related to an organizational problem. This consists of critically evaluating secondary research (validity, relevance, and credibility). Students also evaluate strategies for effectively organizing a literature review and synthesize research findings to inform data-driven decision making.
Conducting research using business databases in order to identify data that informs an organizational problem. Students evaluate research findings and apply decision-making models in order to reach evidence-based conclusions. Students effectively present research findings and rationale to stakeholders, proposing a data-driven solution to the organizational problem.
Survey of the shifting trends and emerging issues in organizations in which leaders are challenged to innovate. Students consider the implications of sustainability of an organization's societal, environmental, and financial footprint. Students examine contemporary relevant case studies to develop innovative solutions to lead actual or imagined organizations, focusing on proactive strategies.
Students explore how quantitative and qualitative data analysis contributes to making decisions and solving organizational problems. Basic methods of summarizing, analyzing, and presenting secondary research data are explored. Students interpret and communicate findings as a rationale for making organizationally impactful decisions.
Barriers that inhibit diversity from thriving in the workplace. As a result of learning more about key ethnic and social groups, students become better equipped to contribute to initiatives that promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Students appraise cultural intelligence and strategies for strengthening their leadership competency.
Students identify the actual roles managers play in complex organizations. This course prepares students for managerial roles while helping them work more effectively with current managers. Management theory is critically evaluated for its usefulness in light of actual practices.
This course explores the essential aspects of transformational leadership and examines tools used by transformational leaders to conduct business in today’s rapidly changing environment. Students study leadership and change as well as strategies for developing others. There are emphases on principles of servant leadership and Christian leadership and development of personal leadership philosophy.
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