Degree Programs

On-Campus Instructional Courses

Courses are scheduled to meet the needs of working professionals. Courses are held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. one night per week, or fully online. Occasional Saturday meetings may be required. Students enrolled with a Major cohort receive a calendar for their cohort’s entire program of study. This allows students to plan ahead. Students in General Education, Certificate Programs Associates’ Degree and Special Interest classes may have various schedules from which to choose.

General Education Core and Elective Courses
On-Campus and Online

General Education Core and Elective Courses are offered each semester through the School for Graduate and Professional Studies. Students should register at the designated/published registration times for semester courses. Notification of courses is made available each term. Prior term tuition and fee balances must be paid in full to register. Additional financial aid must be approved through the Financial Aid Office. Each course extends 5-8 weeks in length. Additional lab fees may also be required. Students enrolled in at least 6 units may be eligible for Financial Aid.

General Education and Elective Course Descriptions

ART-252  History & Appreciation of Art  3 Credits  

A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture beginning with the Renaissance and concluding with Modern Art. Illustrated lectures, reading, and study of current exhibitions. Field trip fees may apply. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

BIOL-205  Principles of Human Physiology  4 Credits  

Investigates the fundamental physiological processes in humans using a systems approach to student integrated functions. The course will explore the functions of the human body emphasizing homeostasis and integration at the biochemical, cellular, organ, and system levels. The systems studied will include nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, and immunity. Lab fee required. (meets Physiology requirement for RN to BSN students; meets Science/Lab requirement for all other students)

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

BIOL-208  Biology of Nutrition  4 Credits  

The course emphasizes the biology of nutrition as applied to metabolic and physiologic principles underlying digestion and absorption of nutrients, chemical structure, and metabolism of nutrients, the biochemical role of nutrients in maintaining health, and the effects of over-and under-nutrition on health and on disease pathogenesis. The students will gain an understanding of the biology of macronutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and water). Weight management and dietary analysis will also be discussed. Laboratory activities provide real-world insight into the biology of nutrition and will assist students in understanding how proper nutrition can optimize body system functions. Lab fee required. (meets a Science/Lab requirement).

Terms Typically Offered: Spring and Summer.

BIOL-209  Principles of Microbiology  4 Credits  

An introduction to the study of micro-organism: their occurrent and importance to humans. Major concepts of general microbiology are discussed, including prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell types: structural organizational of cells; cellular metabolism, regulation of metabolism, and genetics; host-parasite relationships, nutrition, growth, control mechanisms, immunology and serology; recombinant DNA technology; growth of microbial cells; and controlling growth by chemical and physical means. Bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses are studied. Special emphasis is given to infectious diseases and the organism that causes these diseases.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

BIOL-234  Principles of Neuroscience  4 Credits  

The course is an introduction to the human nervous system and how the brain processes sensory information, controls actions, and learns through experience and emotions. Each lesson provides a broad understanding of the fundamentals of brain structures and its role in behavior. The course also aims to introduce the student to brain science behind sensory development, language acquisition and learning.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

BUOM-205  Computer Applications  3 Credits  

This course introduces students to math concepts and computer applications that will be used throughout their business coursework. Computer applications will be learned through completion of projects using word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation software application.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

BUOM-440  Entrepreneurship: Formation/New Ventures Ventures  3 Credits  

The theory and practice of new venture development. Studies business opportunities from the point of view of the entrepreneur/manager rather than passive investor. Topics include strategic management, venture capital, and writing business plans.

CHEM-210  Integrated Chemistry  4 Credits  

This course is designed to give beginning students who have not had prior exposure to chemistry a basic overview in general, organi, and biochemistry. The following topics will be surveyed: mater and engergy, atomic theory, stoichiometry, nomenclaure, the periodic table, atominc structure, gas liquid and solid states, solutions, neclear chemistry, functional groups, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acides, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, metabolism and respiration, photosynthesis, transcription, translation, kinetics, and DNA replication. Upon completion of this integrated chemistry course, the student will have an understanding of basic principles paramount to the study of chemistry, a proficiency with stoichiometry (as it relates to the nusing discipline), writing and interpreting chemical formulas, DNA replication, transciprtion and translation. In addition, the student should devlop an appreciation for the importance of chemistry in other disciplines. (Meets Chemistry requirement for RN to BSN students; meetts Science/Lab requirement for Professional Studies students). Also meets Lab CORE Science Requirement for the tranditional undergraduate student when taken with CHEM-201CL.

Prerequisite: BIOL-205 or BIOL-210

COMM-201  Speech Comp/Presentation  3 Credits  

This course is designed to provide the student with a general working knowledge of the fundamentals of speech communication. General requirements for speech preparation, composition and presentation will be covered. A foundation will be established upon which further speech development may transpire. Lab fee.

COMM-230  Ethics in Film  3 Credits  

Through in-class screenings, intensive class discussion and related readings, this course will examine films whose themes strongly concern the depiction of ethical and moral choice. This course will discuss the ways in which filmmakers create meaningful ethical dilemmas; how the characters' choices are portrayed; and how these portrayals may influence our own formulation of value systems and ethical choices. (meets a Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

COMM-290  Intro/Interpers Communication  3 Credits  

The primary elements of the communication process as it occurs between two persons in everyday settings. Among the topics considered are: language and meaning, nonverbal communication, person perception, and self-concept. This course does not fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

CORE-110  Vanguard Foundations of College Writing I  3 Credits  

Covers reading comprehension, technology and writing, and sentence-level (grammar) and paragraph-level issues. The course focuses on process-driven revision and peer collaboration while emphasizing critical thinking skills. This required course prepares Professional Studies and ECE students for college-level writing and studies. Students may petition to test out of this required course if they possess proficient college level writing ability. (Meets elective credit requirement only; not applicable to English Composition requirement. . Course must be passed with a "C" or better.)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

ECED-109  Infant/Toddler  3 Credits  

This course is an overview of the characteristic needs of infants and toddlers birth through age three. Appropriate learning environments and routine experiences will be discussed. Social, cognitive, physical, and sensory motor behavior patterns will be applied in theory and through observation in relation to the environment. A focus on the development of curriculum in meeting the individual needs of the children and the role of the teacher in facilitating growth through play experiences will be emphasized. (meets elective credit requirement) *Only available online.

ECED-121  Admin/Early Educ Programs I  3 Credits  

Application of the basic principles for the establishment, operation, supervision and evaluation of a preschool/ daycare program will be examined. This includes an overview and history of ECE programs, philosophy development, licensing standards, and assessment of management techniques. Christian philosophy and development will be integrated. This meets the minimum licensing course requirement for operating a licensed daycare program. (meets elective credit requirement) *Only available online.

ECED-123  Admin/Early Educ Programs II  3 Credits  

Application of advanced principles for the ongoing operation, supervision and evaluation of a preschool/ daycare program will be examined. This includes an in-depth look into managing staff and personnel issues, along with public relations and board development. Parent partnership and operational policies will be discussed. Christian philosophy and development will be integrated. This meets the minimum licensing requirement for operating a licensed daycare program. (meets elective credit requirement) *Only available online.

ECED-139  Adult Supervision/Mentoring  3 Credits  

This course will cover the methods and principles of supervising adults who are teachers, assistants, or volunteers in early childhood classrooms. Emphasis is on the role of experienced classroom teachers who function as mentors to new teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents and other staff. Though not required, ECED 101 and ECED 103 are recommended prior to taking this course. (meets elective credit requirement) *Only available online.

ECED-150  Spiritual Formtn/Young Childrn  3 Credits  

This course will further students' own understanding and personal journey of spiritual formation and how that relates to the spiritual transformation of young children. The process of how the inner life is formed in young children towards an intimate relationship with God will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on relationship, experience, and practice of the spiritual disciplines that create the context for spiritual formation to occur. A systematic approach will be given that lays the foundation for regular practices in the classroom. The relationship between the church, home, and the early education program will be explored as the foundational environments where spiritual transformation is developed. *Only available online.

EDUC-100  Intro/Education  3 Credits  

This course explores the role of education and teaching in modern American Society. Current political and social issues and their impact on schools will be addressed. Career opportunities and expectations for teachers will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to assess and reflect upon their own educational experiences, skills, and learning styles as they interact with current practitioners and education literature. Students will complete a 15-hour fieldwork component. May not be taken concurrently with EDUC 315. Must be passed with a "C" (not "C-") or better to fulfill the Liberal Studies major requirement.

EDUC-315  Teaching/Multicultural Setting  3 Credits  

Students seeking to complete the subject matter program in English must take this class as part of that program to ensure that they are integrating literary content with their pedagogical experience. This course provides the philosophical background and classroom experience necessary to introduce a person to the teaching profession in a public or private school in a multicultural environment. The purpose of the class is to assist the student to gain an understanding of the resources and challenges facing a teacher serving a linguistically and culturally diverse student population. Discussion will focus on the major professional organizations and educational research related to the philosophical, historical, and demographic developments of American education. Students will complete a 30 hour field work component to observe classroom management and organization, Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) instructional practices, and the curricula of grades K-12. The role and function of Christian beliefs and values in the public school will be integrated throughout the course. This course is a prerequisite requirement for the Multiple and Single Subject Credential programs. PREREQUISITE: Liberal Studies majors must complete EDUC-100 prior to taking this course.ÿLab fee.

Prerequisite: EDUC-100

ENGL-115  Foundations for College Writing II  3 Credits  

Exposition and argument at the college level. The course emphasizes academic writing conventions through the writing process, mechanics, revising and editing, with a specific emphasis on critical thinking and logical argumentation. Course must be passed with a "C" or better to enroll in ENGL-220 (meets English Composition requirement)

ENGL-220  Researched Writing  3 Credits  

Interpretive and analytic writing, including several problem-solving research-based essays investigating topics related to class themes. The course emphasizes writing, revising and editing, reading, analytical skills, and computer technology (word processing, Internet research) and reinforces those skills learned in ENGL-115. Must be passed with a "C" or better to fulfill the core curriculum requirement. (meets English Composition requirement)

Prerequisite: ENGL-120C.

ENGL-230  Literary Perspectives  3 Credits  

Introduces the student to a variety of literary genres as well as diverse authors, cultures, and experiences. This course also covers the tools and concepts necessary to the understanding and interpretation of literature. Students engage in classroom discussion, write papers, and take a variety of quizzes and exams. (meets Humanities/Literature/Fine Arts requirement)

ENGL-340  Children's Literature  3 Credits  

Reading and evaluating literature written especially for children and young adults-includes a historical as well as a genre approach.

ENGL-350  Creative Writing  3 Credits  

Students learn and implement the basic techniques and theory specific to the three genres: fiction, poetry, and drama. Lecture and workshop combined.

Prerequisite: ENGL-220C

HIST-275  Topics in American History  3 Credits  

A study of five periods in American history emphasizing the development of a distinctive American culture.(meets Social Science requirement)

HIST-356  History and Geography of California  3 Credits  

A study of California from pre-Spanish times to the present, with emphasis on political, economic, and social developments and on its physical, political, and human geography.

MATH-105  Essential Mathematics  4 Credits  

This course prepares students to understand the essential mathematical concepts in number sense, elementary algebra, sets of numbers, problem solving, ratios, proportions, percentages, and graphing linear equations and inequalities. The course is designed to introduce students to practical mathematical skills necessary for courses in business and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on the structural and logical foundations of business. (meets Elective requirement only; not applicable to Natural Science/Math requirement)

MATH-106  Business Math  4 Credits  

This course applies the principles and practices of mathematics to everyday business problems and situations. The course prepares students to understand the mathematical and business concepts in problem solving, ratios and proportions, percentages, simple and compound interest, graphing linear functions, and inventory valuation. The course introduces students to common mathematical skills necessary for courses in business. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

MATH-109  Mathematics for Statistics  4 Credits  

This course prepares students to understand the mathematical and statistical concepts in problem solving, critical thinking, ratios and proportions, algebraic equations, sets and logic, probability and statistics, including frequency of distribution, statistical graphs, measures of central tendency, and measure of position and dispersion. The course introduces students to common mathematical skills necessary for coursework in statistics. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

MNGT-425  Career Transitions: Landing Your Ideal Job  3.0 Credits  

This course provides a comprehensive and strategic approach to the career search process. It follows a proven path of progressive steps to identify, plan, and achieve objectives in the chosen field. Included are approaches to connecting directly with hiring managers and demonstrating professional brand competence. The course provides students the tools needed to develop and promote individual competency that will set them apart from their competition. This course is offered Credit/Fail only.

MNGT-470  Special Topic in Management  1-3 Credits  

Study of a special topic in one of the fields of management. May be repeated for credit provided topics are dissimilar.

NT-101  New Testament Survey  3 Credits  

Prerequisite to all upper division courses in New Testament. A close study of the New Testament text, examining the foundations of Christianity within its historical contexts, and presenting the principles and tools of interpretation. (required for all Religion majors; meets Religion/Humanities requirement for all majors)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

OT-201  Old Testament Survey  3 Credits  

Prerequisite to all upper division courses in Old Testament. An introductory study of the literature of the Old Testament, with a view toward appreciation of its content and historical development, with emphasis on theological themes such as creation, election, and redemption. (required for all Religion majors; meets Religion/Humanities requirement for other majors).

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

PHIL-201  Introduction to Philosophy  3 Credits  

An introductory study which aims to provide a basic understanding of the nature and aims of philosophy, an acquaintance with some representative philosophical problems, an introduction to the methodology of philosophical inquiry, and a mastery of some of the terminology employed in philosophical discussion. This course does not fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Core requirement for the religion major offered every semester.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

POLS-155  U.S. Government  3 Credits  

Designed to acquaint the student with the United States political system, including constitutional developments of the United States and of California, and stimulate reflection on the intersection of Christianity and citizenship. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSCI-215  Fundamentals of Earth Sci  4 Credits  

Earth science including physical and historical geology, meteorology, and descriptive astronomy; the economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter. Lab fee. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

PSCI-216  Fundamentals of Physical Sci  4 Credits  

This course in physical science presents materials in physics, chemistry, and astronomy that are conceptual in nature with minimal reliance on the quantitative rules of mathematics as a tool for understanding. A strong emphasis is placed on proper use of vocabulary words to understand and explain topics in the fields of mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. Classroom demonstrations and videos are used to assist the student in learning the everyday principles of nature. Lab fee. (meets Natural Science/Math requirement)

PSYC-103  Introduction to Psychology  3 Credits  

Prerequisite to all other psychology courses. This course explores the fundamental issues of psychology, including research in psychology, biological influences on development and behavior, learning and memory, motivation, personality, psychological disorders, psychological interventions, and social behavior. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSYD-220  Human Growth/Development  3 Credits  

An exploration of human development across the lifespan (from conception through death). Examines human development through the biological, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSYD-321  Adolescent Psychology  3 Credits  

A study of the period of life from puberty to the emergence from the teens, emphasizing the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and personality development of the individual. Diversity issues are considered. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSYD-352  Industrial/Organizational Psyc  3 Credits  

Investigate how general psychological knowledge from the areas of personality, assessment, cognitive, and social psychology can be applied and further developed in organizational contexts. Issues such as matching jobs and individuals, training, performance evaluation, stress, leadership, and development are discussed in the context of multilevel cultural influences, from organizational cultures to global business demands. (meets Social Science requirement)

PSYD-465  Field Education for Psy Majors  1-5 Credits  

Students apply concepts learned in the major as a student intern/volunteer at a human services agency or research facility. This course allows students to earn credit for additional field experience beyond PSYD 460; 30 hours of field experience will be required for each credit hour. Students may register for from 1-5 units of credit.

Pre- or Co-Requisite: MUST COMPLETE: PSYD-460

SOC-100  Intro to Sociology  3 Credits  

An introduction to the study of society, considering the fundamental concepts of sociology in each of three great areas: social structure, social processes, and social problems. Sociology deals with the way individuals, groups, and institutions are related to one another. (meets Social Science requirement)

SOC-220  Marriage & Family Social Conte  3 Credits  

This course provides students with a sociological perspective of marriage and family living. Themes include: the social construction of gender and the consequences for relationships and social institutions; intimacy in family relationships; communication, conflict and stress in the family; the realities of parenting; integrating work and family life; separation divorce and remarriage; later life families. (meets Social Science requirement)

THEA-200  Intro to Theatre  3 Credits  

An introduction to the study of theatre with focus on forms, genres, performance space, and the artistic principles of production, as well as the technical aspects. Selected readings, discussions, attendance at plays, and critiques of performances are required. Theatre majors may not take THEA 200C to fulfill the core curriculum requirement in fine arts. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

THEA-208  Playwriting  3 Credits  

Introduces the social and philosophical theories that surface within playwriting, closely examining several landmark stage plays, each representing the various attitudes and values of its day. Styles, structural techniques, characterization and post-modernism in playwriting are some of the topics to be examined. Students will work to develop their own writing voice and produce their own original, creative work. Lab fee. (meets Humanities/Fine Arts requirement)

THEO-101  Foundations of Christian Life  3 Credits  

An introduction to Christian faith and life, embracing the primary theological tenets and fundamental values that empower a Christian to address contemporary cultural issues, seek integrity in personal behavior, and respond to the great commission to reach the world. (meets Religion/Humanities requirement)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEO-103  Introduction to Theology  3 Credits  

An introductory study of the subject matter and scope of Christian theology. Examination is made of philosophical presuppositions, definition is sought for theological terms, and articulation of theological concepts is encouraged. Particular attention is given to the doctrinal tenets of the Assemblies of God. (Required for all religion majors/meets Religion/Humanities for all majors)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Note: Courses numbered 291, 292, 293, or 294 are lower division special topic courses.