Houston Baptist University Catalog

Undergraduate Degree Program


Baccalaureate / Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Policies
Undergraduate Majors, Minors, and Certifications
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Requirements


Baccalaureate Degrees

Undergraduate Degree Requirements
An approved undergraduate baccalaureate degree plan must be on file with the Registrar’s Office before students with 64 or more semester hours of credit can be cleared for registration. Each student is responsible for a knowledge of and adherence to regulations governing registration, withdrawal, degree plans, graduation requirements, and the payment of tuition and fees. Once a student begins a degree program at HBU, it is expected that the student will complete the degree requirements at HBU. The University reserves the right to refuse credits from other institutions toward completion of degree requirements at HBU for the student who has already begun a degree program.  Students contemplating credits from another institution must see their advisor before permission can be secured from the University Registrar; such permission will be granted only in extreme circumstances. Under no circumstances may students transfer in more than 18 credit hours once they have matriculated at HBU.  (See "Undergraduate Transfer Credit" and "Off Campus Requests" sections in this Catalog.)

Students seeking undergraduate baccalaureate degrees must complete the following requirements:


General Requirements and Policies

  1. A minimum of 125 semester hours with no fewer than 30 semester hours of upper level courses.  No more than four (4) semester hours in activity courses in kinesiology and not over four semester hours of other student activity courses will count toward the 125 hours requirement for any undergraduate degree.
  2. Freshman Year Seminar, FYS 1100, is required of all students who enter with fewer than thirty-two (32) semester hours credit.
  3. Residency Requirement: Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all course work will be taken at HBU. The minimum undergraduate residence requirement is 32 semester hours, (or at least 25% of the required hours, whichever is greater) including at least 12 semester hours of upper level courses in the major completed at HBU. A minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 2.00 GPA ("C" average) must be attained. A grade of "C" or higher is required for all courses within each major. The residency requirement for a minor is a minimum of nine (9) hours of upper-level courses taken at Houston Baptist University with a grade of "C" or better in each course. 
  4. Credit by other than classroom-based instruction:  Credit by correspondence courses or extension courses will not be counted toward a degree.  Online courses from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted; viable credit from online course work will receive either specific course credit or elective course credit.  HBU does not award College credit for life experience.
  5. Courses received in transfer with a grade of "D", "F", or "P" will not be counted toward a degree.
  6. Community Life and Worship Program: Participation in the Community Life and Worship Program (CLW) is a graduation requirement for all degree-seeking undergraduate students. The HBU Student Handbook contains a complete description of the CLW credit system and number of credits needed to qualify for graduation. The Community Life and Worship publication details the CLW events offered each semester and provides an overview of the CLW program.
  7. Concurrent Enrollment:  Students contemplating concurrent or transient enrollment at any other college MUST secure prior approval in writing from the University Registrar at HBU, and the Dean of the College or School, in order for credits to be accepted in transfer. Students should seek counsel first from their advisor. Only alpha grade credit with a grade of "C" or better from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer credit.  Once a student has enrolled at HBU, no more than 18 semester hours total will be accepted for transfer credit. For the student seeking a baccalaureate degree, this work may NOT be taken at a two-year institution once the student has accumulated 64 semester hours of post-secondary credit. 
  8. Proficiencies: All undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, mathematics, and computer use before the student files a degree plan.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in written English by the end of the third term at HBU.


 

Proficiencies may be met in the following ways:
 

Written English: The written English proficiency may be met in several ways:

  1. Completion of ENGL 1320 and ENGL 1330 at HBU with a grade of "C" or above
  2. Completion of ENGL 1320 and placement out of ENGL 1330 by Advanced Placement Exam or CLEP scores as outlined in this HBU Catalog. 
  3. Receipt of transfer credit for courses equivalent to ENGL 1320 and 1330
  4. Students must complete ENGL 1320 and 1330 proficiency by their third semester.

Reading:  One of the following:

  1. a SAT minimum verbal score of 550
  2. an ACT minimum score of 22 on the Reading portion;
  3. a score of 17 or better on the Pre-THEA Exam; or
  4. a score of 230 or higher on the THEA Exam.

Mathematics: One of the following:

  1. Math 1305, completed with a "C" or higher
  2. Math 1313, completed with a "C" or higher
  3. A higher level math course, completed with a "C" or higher

Computer Literacy:  One of the following:

  1. Passing of a computer Proficiency Exam purchased at the HBU Bookstore, and taken by student from their HBU Blackboard course.
  2. Completion of CISM 1321, with a "C" or higher
  3. Receipt of transfer credit for a course equivalent to CISM 1321.

     
  1. Major requirements are determined by the College or School in which the major resides.  See the appropriate College or School section of this Catalog.  However, each major must include a minimum of twelve (12) upper-level hours.  
  2. Undergraduate Degree Plan Declaration:  Before 64 semester hours have been completed and once all proficiencies have been met, a student must see his or her advisor to complete and file an Undergraduate Degree Plan with the Registrar’s Office (only the Provost may provide a waiver for this requirement).  Students who fail to follow this policy will not be considered as a candidate for a degree, nor will they be allowed to register.  (See section on "Degree Plans" in this Catalog.)
  3. Application for Graduation: A student must file a graduation application at least two (2) full semesters before anticipated date of graduation.  Students need to see their advisor to begin this process.
  4. Full-Time Status: The recommended full-time undergraduate student load is twelve to nineteen (12-19) hours each semester. Students who wish to take over nineteen (19) hours must seek permission from their faculty advisor and the appropriate College or School Dean.
  5. Majors, Degrees, and Certification Programs The following table details the majors, degrees, and certification or licensure programs offered by HBU.

 

Undergraduate Degrees, Majors, Minors, and Certifications

College/
School

Degrees

Majors

Minors

Certification or Licensure Programs

Areas but not Majors

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

BA or
BS

Elementary
Elementary (EC-6) with ESL
Elementary (EC-6) with Bilingual
Elementary (EC-6) with All-Level Special Educ
Middle Grades (4-8)
- English/Language Arts
- Math
- Science
- Social Studies
High School (7-12)
- Composite Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- History
- Speech Communications
All-Level (EC-12)
- Art
Physical Education
Spanish
Psychology

 

Elementary (EC-6)
High School (7-12) (See majors for content areas)
Middle Grades (4-8) (See majors for content areas)
EC-12 (See majors for content areas)
Bilingual Education (EC-6)
Supplemental ESL
Special Education (EC-12)

EC-12
EC-6
High School (7-12)
Middle Grades (4-8)
Secondary (6-12)
Bilingual Education (EC-6)
Supplemental ESL (EC-6)
Special Education (EC-12)
 

School of Humanities

BA
 

Speech Communication
English
Government
Great Texts
History
Legal Studies
Sociology
Spanish
 

Speech Communication
English
Family Studies
Government
Great Texts
History
Latin American Studies
Sociology
Spanish

 

Teacher  Certification (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)
High School (7-12)
- Composite Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- History
- Speech Communications
Middle Grades (4-8)      
- English/Language Arts
- Social Studies
All-Level Spanish

 

School of Christian Thought

BA
 

Biblical Languages
Christianity
Philosophy
 

Biblical Languages
Christianity
Latin
Philosophy

 

-       

Apologetics

School of Fine Arts

BA
BFA
BM
BME

Art
Church Music
Cinema and New Media Arts
Journalism and Mass Communications
Music
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Theory/Composition
Writing
 

Art History
Art, Studio
Journalism and Mass Communications
Music
Writing

Professional Writing Specialization
 
Teaching Certification (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)
-  All-Level Art
-  Al-Level Music Teacher

Theater

Archie W. Dunham College of Business

BBA

Accounting
Economics
Finance
International Business
Management
Marketing

General Business
Economics
Finance
International Business
Management
Marketing
 

   

School of Nursing and Allied Health

BSN
BS

Nursing
Kinesiology
Kinesiology with Teacher Certification
Wellness Management
Athletic Training
 

 
Kinesiology
 

RN
Kinesiology with Athletic Training
Teacher Certification (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)
Physical Education (EC-12)
 

 

College of Science and Mathematics

BS

Biology
Biochemistry-Molecular Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics
 

Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics

Teaching Certification (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)
High School (8-12)
- Composite Science
- Life Science
- Mathematical Studies
- Physical Science
Middle Grades (4-8)
- Composite Science
- Mathematical Studies

Pre-Health Professions
Pre-Engineering

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

BA

Interdisciplinary Studies

   

Concentrations:
- Humanities
- General Math
and Science
- Business

 


 

  1. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum 
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
"*"Course must be completed with a "C" or higher to meet proficiency.
"^" Course must be taken at HBU unless transferred to HBU before Fall 2011.

COURSES Hrs
*ENGL 1320^ & 1330 Wisdom I & II 6
ENGL 2315 & 2325 Great Works I & II ^I OR II 6
CHRI 1313 & 1323 Old & New Testaments 6
CHRI 2373 Christian Theology & Tradition 3
Natural Science and Lab BIOL, CHEM, PHYS 4
*MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking OR MATH 1313College Algebra 3
PHIL 1313^ Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1310  Logic 3
HIST 2311^ & 2312^ Western Civ I & II 6
HIST 2313 & 2323 U.S. History I & II 6
ECON 2310^ History of Economic Thought 3
GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government I 3
GOVT 2320^ Political Thought 3
Foreign Language 6
ART 2343 Art Appreciation 3
MUSI 1331 Music Appreciation 3
Total Hours in Liberal Arts Core:  67

Does not include FYS 1100 Freshman Year Experience if needed.

*See individual degree plans for approved variance to this general education program. 

 

Bachelor of Science (BS)
"*"Course must be completed with a "C" or higher to meet proficiency.
"^" Course must be taken at HBU unless transferred to HBU before Fall 2011.

COURSES Hrs.
*ENGL 1320^ & 1330 Wisdom I & II 6
ENGL 2315 OR 2325 Great Works I & II 3
CHRI 1313 & 1323 Old & New Testaments 6
CHRI 2373^ Christian Theology & Tradition 3
Natural Science and Lab BIOL, CHEM, PHYS 4
*MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking
    OR MATH 1313College Algebra
3
PSCY 1313 Introduction to Psychology
OR
SOCI 1313 Introduction to Sociology
3
PHIL 1313^ Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1310  Logic 3
HIST 2311^ & 2312^ Western Civ I & II 6
HIST 2313 & 2323 U.S. History I & II 6
ECON 2310^ History of Economic Thought 3
GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government I 3
GOVT 2320^ Political Thought 3
ART 2343 Art Appreciation OR MUSI 1331 Music Appreciation 3
Total Hours in Liberal Arts Core: 
58

Does not include FYS 1100 Freshman Year Experience if needed.



For specific requirements of all other degrees, please see the information in the respective colleges or schools.