Behavioral Sciences

School of Behavioral Sciences

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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Behavioral Science

California Baptist University’s School of Behavioral Sciences created the Christian behavioral science major to address the relationship of biblical truth to the knowledge drawn from the behavioral sciences, providing students with a distinct and decidedly Christian perspective of human behavior.

CBU Christian behavioral sciences students pursue a historical and contemporary knowledge of the behavioral sciences and acquire the skills necessary for the direct application of that knowledge in ministry contexts. Students enjoy the instruction and guidance of expert Christian professors who themselves have years of practical experience in various fields of study including psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science and theology.

Career Opportunities

Upon completing CBU's undergraduate Christian behavioral sciences program, you will be well prepared for careers in counseling, social work, ministry work, marketing and many other job opportunities that call for a deep understanding of the human mind. Furthermore, you will be fully prepared to pursue graduate coursework, such as CBU’s popular master's programs in professional psychology and church-based counseling.

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Christian Behavioral Science Major (51 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements**

CST110 Old Testament Survey

CST110 Old Testament Survey

A general survey of the Old Testament, with special emphasis given to the religious and national life of ancient Israel. Fulfills general education requirement for non-majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST110-B B Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center
B251
Fall 2014 CST110-A A Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Yeager Center
B251
Fall 2014 CST110-F F Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall
109
Fall 2014 CST110-E E Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
ONLN
Fall 2014 CST110-G G Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
ONLN
Fall 2014 CST110-C C Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
124
Fall 2014 CST110-D D Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
124
Spring 2015 CST110-B B Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 CST110-F F Welbaum, Sam 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 CST110-A A Wilson, Danny K. 01/07/2015 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 CST110-E E Co, Adamson 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 CST110-G G Slunaker, Joseph Gregory 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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Spring 2015 CST110-C C Mooney, David Jeffrey 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
124
Spring 2015 CST110-D D Mooney, David Jeffrey 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
124
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CST130 New Testament Survey

CST130 New Testament Survey

A general survey of the New Testament, focusing on the life of Jesus and the development of the early church in its historical/cultural settings. Fulfills general education requirement for non-majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST130-F F Slunaker, Joseph Gregory 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B258
Fall 2014 CST130-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 CST130-B B Slunaker, Joseph Gregory 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center
B258
Fall 2014 CST130-C C Cate, James J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 CST130-D D Cate, James J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 CST130-E E Cate, James J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2015 CST130-F F Stamps, Robert Lucas 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 CST130-B B Slunaker, Joseph Gregory 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2015 CST130-A A Cate, James J. 01/07/2015 Tuesday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2015 CST130-C C Cate, James J. 01/07/2015 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2015 CST130-D D Cate, James J. 01/07/2015 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2015 CST130-E E Cate, James J. 01/07/2015 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
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PSY213 General Psychology

PSY213 General Psychology

This introductory course is a survey of the process of adjustment, growth, learning, remembering, perceiving, thinking, sensation, and emotions. It is meant to better equip the student to predict and control his life, and to understand the behavior of others as well as influence their lives. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY213-A A Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B110
Fall 2014 PSY213-F F Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall
109
Fall 2014 PSY213-E E Sapp, Michael Shane 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 PSY213-C C Ramirez, Rebecca R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B258
Fall 2014 PSY213-D D Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY213-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A112
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Choose one (1) of the following courses

ANT225 Cultural Anthropology

ANT225 Cultural Anthropology

A general survey of Cultural Anthropology as a social science, including cultural factors that affect human behavior. Topics include language, kinship, art, religion, subsistence, and cultural change. This course or BEH 100 is a prerequisite for all other courses in Anthropology. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ANT225-E E Stokes, H. Bruce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B110
Fall 2014 ANT225-C C Melika, Ash 09/02/2014 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall
125
Fall 2014 ANT225-A A Melika, Ash 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
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Fall 2014 ANT225-D D Melika, Ash 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Sch Business Building
203
Fall 2014 ANT225-B B Stokes, H. Bruce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
A110
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BEH100 Survey of the Behavioral Science

BEH100 Survey of the Behavioral Science

This course introduces the student to the primary Behavioral Sciences of Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology and Christian Behavioral Sciences. The course addresses human beings and behavior from the distinctive theoretical perspectives of each of these behavioral sciences. General subject areas include theory and methodology of Behavioral Science research, human biology and behavior, personality and human development in a socio-cultural context, behavior in the context of ethics and values, and social and cultural change. This course meets prerequisites for upper division ANT and SOC courses. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH100-B B Moore, Marilyn 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 BEH100-A A Pearce, Kenneth C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
124
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SOC213 Introduction to Sociology

SOC213 Introduction to Sociology

A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior in social settings. It includes major theories of human behavior in terms of culture, socialization, primary groups, stratification and social class, population, family, religion, and social change. This course or BEH 100 is a prerequisite for courses in Sociology. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 SOC213-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B221
Fall 2014 SOC213-D D Wallace, Douglas S 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 SOC213-B B Minton, Carol 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 SOC213-C C Minton, Carol 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
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Upper Division Introduction Requirements

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview

This course examines the basic models of integrating the Christian faith and modern behavioral sciences, including the development of Biblical examples of worldview and epistemology. Emphasis is placed upon the student's development of a personal theory of integration. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH333-A A Lewis, Nathaniel P 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
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CST350 Biblical Interpretation

CST350 Biblical Interpretation

A historical and theoretical consideration of interpretative methodology as illustrated by and applied to selected texts from various portions of the biblical materials. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST350-T2 T2 Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 CST350-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B259
Spring 2015 CST350-A A Wilson, Danny K. 01/07/2015 Monday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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CST370 Christian Doctrine

CST370 Christian Doctrine

A study of the great doctrines of the Bible, with particular attention to the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, salvation, the person of Christ, the Church and last things. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: Previous Christian Studies coursework. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST370-A A Co, Adamson 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM The Village at CBU
400A
Spring 2015 CST370-A A Co, Adamson 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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PSY320 Life Span Development

PSY320 Life Span Development

Principles of psychological development from birth to senescence. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY320-A A Handojo, Virgo 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PSY320-B B Ramirez, Rebecca R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
183
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PSY322 Theories of Personality

PSY322 Theories of Personality

Survey of theories of personality emphasizing structure, dynamics, functions, and development of basic attitudes that influence behavior and develop constructive behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PSY322-B B Gustafson, Jacqueline N. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 PSY322-A A Pearce, Kenneth C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B111
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Upper Division Christian Behavioral Science Requirements (21 units)

CBS303 Marr & Fam Christian Community

CBS303 Marr & Fam Christian Community

A comparison of Marriage and Family systems in Biblical and American cultural perspectives. The course will contrast and compare the foundations of marriage in Western Culture and the Judeo-Christian worldview. Family roles and relational development will also be addressed. Marital adjustment including finances, marital sexuality, communication and parenting will be presented from a Biblical approach. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CBS303-A A Stokes, H. Bruce 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
202
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CBS350 Development & Discipleship

CBS350 Development & Discipleship

This course addresses the parallel processes of physical and cognitive development with spiritual development. Subjects include Biblical perspectives on faith development, discipleship, learning, maturity, and spiritual life-span. Prerequisite: BEH 333. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

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CBS400 Spec Topics in Christian Beh Sci

CBS400 Spec Topics in Christian Beh Sci

An in-depth seminar on a selected topic within the Christian Behavioral Science. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CBS400-A A Lewis, Nathaniel P 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
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CBS403 Congregation and Community

CBS403 Congregation and Community

An overview of Christian congregation and community from theological and behavioral science perspectives. Subjects include the function and purpose of Christian Institutions including the household and congregation as a place of discipleship, worship, fellowship and relational reconciliation. Secondary institutions will include Christian media, economics, law and education. The impact of the shift from Christian nationalism to post-Christian America will be addressed. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CBS403-A A Stokes, H. Bruce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
B258
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CBS415 Biblical Wisdom and Human Behav.

CBS415 Biblical Wisdom and Human Behav.

Focuses on the wisdom literature of the Bible as a guide to living. It addresses the Biblical issue of foolishness and wisdom, and places it in proper relationship to pathology, deviance, and cultural norms. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CBS415-A A Lewis, Nathaniel P 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
203
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CBS420 Behav. Implications of Theology

CBS420 Behav. Implications of Theology

Examination of the behavioral, cognitive, and affective implications of specific doctrinal beliefs. Systematic theology is interpreted as a basis for understanding human behavior. Subjects include bibliology (Bible), theology (God), soteriology (salvation), hamartiology (sin), ecclesiology (church), and anthropology (man), with particular attention to application in Christian education and counseling. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

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CBS423 Models of Christian Counseling

CBS423 Models of Christian Counseling

An examination of current approaches to Christian-oriented and biblically based counseling toward the development of a personal integrated model. Prerequisite: BEH 333. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

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Upper Division Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

CST360 Church History

CST360 Church History

A survey of the development of the Christian church from the close of the New Testament period to the present time, with special attention to the origin of various denominations. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST360-A A Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
Spring 2015 CST360-A A Chute, Anthony L. 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
Spring 2015 CST360-T4 T4 Chute, Anthony L. 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
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CST425 Christian Social Ethics

CST425 Christian Social Ethics

An introduction into the world of Christian Social Ethics. The course will explore particular and pressing social ethics issues and perennial themes related to Christian living and the interplay between biblical Christian faith and contemporary social issues. Topics include introduction of key social problems, the Church's historical responses to those issues, current Christian positions, and the biblical teachings and core Christian doctrines (e.g., creation fall, redemption, image of God, neighbor love) which relate to these issues. Standard models of Christian engagement in society and responsibilities of the individual believer, the local church, and the global Christian Church will be considered. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST425-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
202
Spring 2015 CST425-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
103
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ICS305 Global Perspectives

ICS305 Global Perspectives

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

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Optional Concentrations (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements:

  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Counseling Ministry
  • Diversity
  • Life Span Development
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Behavior

Note: Each optional concentration requires completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.