The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music Degrees prepare students for selected professions and for study at the graduate level. Each degree offers a broad range of courses in the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, biblical studies, business, education, and allows specialization in a major field. The baccalaureate typically requires four years of full-time study to complete, although some programs may take longer.
Graduation Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees in the College of Undergraduate Studies
- Completion of at least 128 semester hours, including all general education, biblical studies, and major courses. (Music Education requires 140 hours)
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses specified for the major. (For education, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for all courses.)
- Completion of 180 hours of ministry/community service and 180 chapel credits. Transfer students are required to complete 45 hours of ministry/community service and 45 chapel credits each year of attendance at CCU.
- Meet the CCU residency requirement .
- Acceptable performance on exit exams, as required by the faculty.
- Formal and timely application for graduation.
- No outstanding financial obligations to the university.
- (For music majors only: completion of eight semesters of MUA 175 Music Convocation.)
Minors and Emphases
Students may select a minor or an emphasis in most major fields. A minor requires the completion of at least 18 semester hours in the field. A specialization requires the completion of 12 hours in the field. Course requirements for various minors and specializations are listed with the appropriate major.
General Education Requirements
To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of study including the general education requirements described below. The university recognizes the importance of the arts and sciences. Because Christ is the Lord of all, the arts and sciences belong to Him and should be brought into His service. Therefore, student scholars should gain broad exposure to the arts, history, language, literature (including biblical literature), music, philosophy, natural science, technology, mathematics, and social science. They should learn to think logically, analytically, creatively, ethically, convergently, and divergently. They should learn to write and express themselves well and be culturally literate. They should learn how to integrate Christian principles with other disciplines.
General education requirements at Colorado Christian University are organized under seven areas of study: behavioral and social sciences, communication, arts and humanities, mathematics, natural science, integrative studies, and biblical studies. Except for students in teacher licensure and music programs, all students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts majors must complete a two-semester sequence in college-level foreign language courses, or the equivalent. Studies in the behavioral and social sciences facilitate cultural literacy, historical thinking, sociological and political thinking and analysis, a world perspective and appreciation for other cultures and value systems, critical reading, and divergent thinking skills. Communication studies facilitate writing, speaking, critical reading, and listening skills. Studies in the arts and humanities enhance skills in critical and logical thinking, convergent and divergent thinking, critical reading, literary expression, and ethical analysis, enhance cultural literacy and appreciation for the fine and performing arts, and-with the integrative studies requirements-promote the integration of faith and learning. Studies in the natural sciences stimulate scientific literacy, thinking, and analysis. Studies in mathematics strengthen essential mathematical literacy and problem-solving skills.
English and mathematics placement examinations are administered to first-time freshmen and to all transfer students with freshman standing who do not have an ACT or SAT score. Students with low ACT or SAT scores or those whose performance on placement examinations fail to meet specified university standards for admission into ENG 102 , MAT 110 , or MAT 115 are required to enroll in ENG 097, or MAT 099. Students must pass these courses with a grade of C- or better in order to qualify for enrollment in 100-level or higher mathematics or English courses.
A grade of C- or better in ENG 102 is the prerequisite to enrollment in ENG 104 . ENG 105 , an advanced English composition and research methods course, fulfills the general education requirement for English by substituting for both ENG 102 and ENG 104 if a grade of C- or better is earned for the course at CCU. Students are invited to enroll in ENG 105 based on their performance on the English placement examination.
Bachelor’s degree students must complete the following minimum general education courses. Some courses in the list are prescribed for particular majors. To determine which alternatives to take, consult the notes after the list, the requirements for your major, and your academic advisor.
Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)
Communication (9 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
Choose 1 course from each of the following categories:
Behavioral and Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
(only 6 of the 9 credits may be from the same course prefix category)
Choose at least 3, but not more than 6 credits from among any 100 or 200 level HIS courses.
Choose up to 6 credit hours of 100 or 200 level courses from the following categories:
ECO, GEO, GLS (except GLS 225 ), any GLS 300 Exploring World Cultures course, POL, PSY, SOC Business, Accounting and CIS Majors are required to take ECO 221 and ECO 222 as the Social Science Requirement.
* Students in Elementary or Secondary Education may take 2 of the following to meet 6 of the 9 Behavioral/Social Science credits: EPS 490, EPS 492 or INT 381
** Music majors only may take 1 of the following to meet 3 of the 9 Behavioral/Social Science credits: MUS 323 or MUS 324
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Natural Science (8 credit hours)
At least one lab science in one of the following: biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science, or physics and additional credits from these areas to meet a minimum of 8 credits in the sciences.
To earn the Bachelor of Arts, a student must demonstrate proficiency by completing a 2-semester sequence (a minimum of 6 credit hours) in one foreign language (including American Sign Language). Language courses identified as “conversational” do not meet this requirement. Foreign language is not required for the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, or programs in teacher education.
General education requirements for the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts - Teacher Education vary slightly. Please see the School of Education or the School of Music sections for specific requirements.