Course Descriptions

Some of the courses below apply to the program for the one-year Certificate in Biblical Studies. Course levels vary in difficulty from freshman level to upper division levels (junior and senior level) in a four-year, Bible college curriculum. The 100-level courses will indicate, normally, freshman-level courses; 200 will indicate sophomore level or higher level courses.

General Classification Guide:

00-18 Bible/Theology 19-48 General Arts/Science 49-68 Professional

BIB 105 Survey of the Old Testament

3 s. hrs.  This course is designed to give the student a grasp of the key people and events of OT history. An understanding will be developed of the major themes and principles of the OT and the progression of God’s saving plan through Israel’s history which culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Basic principles of Biblical interpretation will be addressed with special attention being given to gaining a confidence in the authority and relevancy of the Bible and having an ability to answer those who seek to undermine the OT on literary and ethical grounds.

BIB 106 Survey of the New Testament

3 s. hrs. A study of the 27 books of the New Testament from the perspectives of their historical and cultural backgrounds, their literary characteristics and interrelationships, and their distinctive themes and messages. The student will learn the chronology, the history, the biographies of Jesus and Paul, and will discover the major doctrines of the New Testament. The instructor will point out important principles of biblical interpretation.

THE 107 Survey of Biblical Theology

3 s. hrs. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a working knowledge of the major elements underlying Systematic Theology. The course will survey the biblical teaching concerning Scripture, God, man, sin and salvation, the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit and application of redemption, the church, the return of Christ, the resurrection, judgment, and kingdom of God. Being a survey course, the main goal is to enable the student to lay a foundation on which to build a more thorough and complete understanding of theology as he matures in Christ. A supporting goal for this course is to help the student begin to think and reason from a sound theological perspective so that he will learn how to bring every thought under the lordship of Christ. It is further hoped that the student will learn to use his mind in a loving and earnest pursuit of the knowledge of God.

BIB 112A, 112B Bible Lands Seminar

1,2 (total 3) s. hrs. The BICS Bible Lands Seminar consists of a two-semester seminar capped by twenty days or more of intensive study in Egypt (including the Sinai), Israel, and Jordan. Classes (held weekly throughout both semesters) will consist of lectures and presentations of relevant geographical, historical, and archeological data. Students will be responsible for reading and writing assignments, presentations, periodic testing, and a summary report and seminar evaluation. Participants will gain a realistic, multidimensional, hands-on comprehension of biblical geography and life in Near Eastern countries that will improve their understanding of the Bible.

ENG 117 English Grammar and Composition

3 s. hrs. This course seeks to increase the student’s understanding and use of the English language and the elements necessary for clear and effective writing.  Course components include a thorough review of fundamental English grammar, assigned readings and books, and written compositions.

COM 129 Basic Skills in Communication

3 s. hrs. Although reading and composition will be required, Basic Skills in Communication is essentially a course in which students make speeches. Students develop their communication skills through instruction, reading, discussion, performance and critiquing classmates in an open and friendly laboratory/workshop environment. They will also experiment with ancillary means of presentation such as the use of the overhead projector.

MUS 142 History of Worship & Music in the Church

3 s. hrs. The students will be introduced to the history of worship and music in the Church from biblical times to the present. The course will survey the major periods of church history and will deal with the contributions of David, Paul, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Watts, and American leaders. Special attention will be given to liturgical practices from high church to free. In addition to class lectures and field trips, the students will be asked to to prepare book reports and class presentations on the background of hymns. Analysis of various worship forms and orders of worship will give the student experience in worship planning.

PLA 149 Personal Planning and Management

3 s. hrs. This course will teach the student to manage personal time and finances from a Christian perspective. It will also deal with the major factors of operating within the context of God's will and of the determination and development of one's own spiritual gifts. The course will be taught in two modules: Learning The Will of God, Time Management and Financial Planning. Instruction will include lectures, audio-visual presentations, reading and writing assignments, and the preparation of personal plans and schedules.

EVA 150 Evangelism and Christian Apologetics

3 s. hrs. In this study, one is introduced to the methods and materials of effective personal evangelism within the larger context of world mission.  It will include  biblical evangelism, the theology of evangelism, and a brief overview of the history and objectives of the mission of the Church. The student will also gain a basic understanding of Christian apologetics in general and to introduce Reformed apologetics as the system most biblical in its content and approach.  The course will consist of lectures, audio-visual presentations, reading and writing assignments, and practicum. 

DIS 151A, DIS 151B Discipleship Seminar

1/2, 1/2 (total 1) s. hr. This seminar aims to challenge each student to practice Christian discipleship through devotional, disciplinary, and academic exercises. Emphasis is placed on essential biblical doctrines regarding personal salvation and sanctification, personal Bible reading, the keeping of a journal and the practice of financial and time management. Section 151-B will focus on biblical principles relating to dating, engagement and marriage. Each student will be expected to compile and maintain a "Discipleship Seminar Notebook," which will include entries from each area of emphasis described above.

BIB 208 The Book of Romans

3 s. hrs. Romans is the key to the whole Bible. Bible 208 is an expository and theological study of Paul’s epistle focusing on its answer to the question “What is the Gospel?” The student will gain a knowledge of the progress of Paul’s thought and encounter many of the great doctrines of the faith. Some attention will be paid to responding to modern criticism of Romans and developing sound hermeneutical techniques that can be applied to all of Scripture. Special emphasis will be made concerning the connection between good theology and right behavior, both personally and in our relationships. The student should come away from the course seeing Romans as vital to developing a sound Christian world view.

BIB 212 The Book of Acts

3 s. hrs. This course exposes the biblical principles of ministry that laid the foundation of the early Church and enabled it to carry out the Great Commission.  Students will discover Luke’s purpose in writing the book to Theophilus by examining his selection and ordering of material, by detecting particular themes and by noting the significant people and events by which the story of Jesus spreads throughout the Roman Empire. A significant component of the course will be the development on a philosophy of ministry for the  proper functioning of the church going forward in the postmodern era.

PHI 229 Ethics: Contemporary Views & Challenges

3 s. hrs. This course will survey ethical theories as a prelude to discussion of current ethical and moral issues in society. The aim is to understand the twin biblical principles of being "In the world and not of it" (Jn 17:11-16) and of being "all things to all men" (1 Cor 9:19-23). Through philosophic and cultural analysis, we will struggle with the challenge of being relevant to and understandable by our contemporaries without compromising the Gospel.

MIS 254 Introduction to World Mission

3 s. hrs. This course will delineate the biblical basis for missions and survey the progress of missions in history. Attention will be given to major historical figures in the history of missions as well as to various evangelistic methods and strategies employed to the present day.

Special Post-Commencement Study

SCI 244 Introduction to Field Archeology

Introduction to Field Archeology is a beginning experience of participation in the excavation of a biblical site. The course includes at least ten days of excavation in the West Bank, Israel, visits to selected archeological sites throughout the country, and fifteen evening classroom lectures by academic professionals in the field. The lectures include topics on biblical geography, archeological chronology and biblical history, ancient pottery making and use, pottery typology, stone tools and objects, techniques and recording of archeological excavation, Israelite life in the Late Bronze I-Iron Age I periods (1483-925 B.C.). the biblical record of the conquest of Jericho and Ai, and the place of Khirbet al-Makatir in the conquest history. Students will obtain a general understanding of archeological field work, the relationship of archeology to history, and the contribution of archeology to our understanding of the Bible.

Extracurricular Studies

Occasionally one may wish to continue with further study beyond the Certificate in Biblical Studies; or, in some cases, to substitute a tutorial course for one of the certificate courses that is very similar to one he has taken elsewhere. Arrangements may be made with the Administration. The faculty of the Institute has a broad and rich experience in college-level teaching of a number of courses besides those scheduled in the program above. In addition a wide selection of courses is offered locally by qualified institutions. The following is a sampling of courses in areas previously taught by the BICS' faculty and others that have drawn recent interest. THE 110 Advent Christian History, Polity, and Doctrine ENG 220 Selections from English Literature MUS 140 Hymnology MUS 148 Choral Conducting MUS 227-A Music Theory I MUS 227-B Music Theory I 

Colleges which have accepted transfer credit from the Institute:

The Antioch School, Ames, IA;  Houghton College, Houghton, NY; Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI; Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA; Campbell Univ., Buies Creek, NC; Montreat-Anderson College, Montreat, NC; Columbia Bible College, Columbia, SC; Nyack College, Nyack, NY; Eastern College, St. David, PA; Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA; Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, GA; Gordon College, Wenham, MA; University of Massachusetts; Thomas College, Waterville ME.