Undergraduate Degree Program

Undergraduate Degree Requirement
Liberal Arts Core Requirements
Degrees, Majors, Minors and Certification Programs


 Undergraduate Degree Requirement

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 1300, is required of all students who enter with fewer than thirty-two (32) semester hours of credit.
      3. Residency Requirement: Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all coursework 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.  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. Students must earn a total of 80 CLW credits for graduation.  The HBU Student Handbook contains a complete description of the CLW credit system.  CLW events offered each semester are listed on the HBU website at HBU.edu/clw.
      7. Concurrent Enrollment:  Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all coursework will be taken at HBU.  Exceptions are rare and must receive prior approval of the University Registrar.  Students must speak with their advisor about taking courses at other institutions.
      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.
        1. Written English: The written English proficiency may be met in several ways:
          1. Completion of ENGL 1313 and ENGL 1323 at HBU with a grade of “C” or above
          2. Completion of ENGL 1313 and placement out of ENGL 1323 by Advanced Placement Exam or CLEP scores as outlined in this HBU Catalog.
          3. Receipt of transfer credit for courses equivalent to ENGL 1313 and 1330
          4. Students must complete ENGL 1313 and 1330 proficiency by their third semester.
        2. 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.
          5. Completion of ENGL 2315 or ENGL 2325 at HBU with a grade of “C” or above
        3. 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
        4. 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.
      9. 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.
      10. 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.)
      11. 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.
      12. 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.
      13. Majors, Degrees, and Certification Programs The following table details the majors, degrees, and certification or licensure programs offered by HBU
      14. Liberal Arts Core Curriculum*
    ENGL 1313 Composition and Literature I 3 hours
    ENGL 1323 Composition and Literature II 3 hours
    PSYC 1313 General Psychology 3 hours
    PHIL 1313 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
    Natural Science and Lab 4 hours
    MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking or higher 3 hours
    GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government 3 hours
    ENGL 2315 or ENGL 2325 Great Works of Literature I or II 3 hours
    HIST  2311 Western Civilization I 3 hours
    History: Choose one three-hour course from HIST 2312, HIST 2313, or HIST 2323 3 hours
    ART 2343 Art Appreciation or MUSI 1331 Music Appreciation 3 Hours
    COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking 3 Hours
    CHRI 1301 Introduction to the Bible 3 hours
    CHRI 2373 Christian Theology and Tradition 3 hours
    Total 43 hours
    Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Requirements: 

    *37 Hour Curriculum Core + 6 Hour Christianity Core = 43 hours

    *Transfer students with 45+ hours of credit will take one three-hour course, CHRI 1314 Introduction to the Christian Faith, in lieu of CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373

    *100% online students will take a one hour course, ONLN 1100 Introduction to Online Learning, instead of FYS 1300.

    15. Majors, Degrees, and Certification Programs:  The following table details the majors, degrees, and certification or licensure programs offered by HBU at the undergraduate level.

Undergraduate Degrees, Majors, Minors, and Certification Programs


Archie W. Dunham College of Business

Majors

Accounting (BBA) – Residential
Finance (BBA) – Residential
International Business (BBA) – Residential
Management (BBA) – Residential/Online
Marketing (BBA) – Residential

Minors

General Business – Residential
Finance – Residential
International Business – Residential
Management – Residential
Marketing – Residential

School of Christian Thought

Majors

Biblical Languages (BA) – Residential
Biblical Studies (BA) – Residential/Online
Christianity (BA) – Residential
Classics (BA) – Residential
Latin (BA) – Residential
Practical Theology (BA) – Residential
Theological Studies (BA) – Residential

Minors

Biblical Languages – Residential
Biblical Studies – Residential
Christian Studies – Residential
Classics – Residential
Latin – Residential
Practical Theology – Residential
Theological Studies – Residential

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Majors

Elementary Education (EC-6) with ESL (BS) – Residential
Elementary Education (EC-6) with Bilingual (BS) – Residential
Elementary Education (EC-6) with All-Level Special Education (BS) – Residential
All Level Art with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Kinesiology with All-Level Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Composite Science (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Composite Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Composite Social Studies (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Composite Social Studies (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
English, Language Arts (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
English, Language Arts & Reading (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
History (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Life Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Mathematical Studies (4-8) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Mathematical Studies (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Physical Science (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Spanish EC-12 with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Speech (7-12) with Teacher Certification (BS) – Residential
Psychology (BA) – Residential/Online
Psychology (BA) – Christian Counseling – Residential/Online
Psychology (BA) – Marriage and Family Studies – Residential/Online

Pre-Professional Program

Art Therapy (BA) – Residential

Minor

Psychology – Residential

School of Fine Arts

Majors

Cinematic Arts (BFA) – Residential
Interactive Media & Digital Design ((BFA) – Residential
Mass Media Arts (BA) – Residential
Music Education (BME) – Residential
Vocal/Keyboard
Instrumental
Music Performance (BM) – Residential
Vocal Performance
Piano Performance
Organ Performance
Keyboard Performance
Music (BA) – Residential
Studio Art (BA, BFA) – Residential
Writing (BA) – Residential

Minors

Music – Residential
Writing – Residential
Art History – Residential
Studio Art – Residential
Cinema & New Media Art – Residential

School of Humanities

Majors

English – Residential
Criminal Justice – Residential
Government – Residential
Great Texts – Residential
History – Residential
Interdisciplinary Studies – Residential
Legal Studies – Residential
Managerial Studies (Concentrations in Management, Marketing, or International Business) – Residential
Medical Humanities – Residential
Philosophy (BA) – Residential
Spanish- Residential

Minors

Criminal Justice – Residential
English – Residential
Family Studies – Residential
Government – Residential
Great Texts – Residential
History – Residential
Latin American Studies – Residential
Medical Humanities – Residential
Philosophy – Residential
Sociology – Residential
Spanish – Residential
Speech Communication – Residential

School of Nursing and Allied Health

Majors

Nursing – Residential
Kinesiology—Specialization in Athletic Training – Residential
Kinesiology—Specialization in Sport Management – Residential
Kinesiology—Specialization in Wellness Management – Residential

Minors

Kinesiology – Residential
Licensure
Kinesiology with Athletic Training
RN
RN to BSN – Online

College of Science and Mathematics

Majors

Biology (BS) – Residential
Biochemistry-Molecular Biology (BS) – Residential
Chemistry (BS) – Residential
Mathematics (BS) – Residential
Physics (BS) – Residential

Minors

Biology – Residential
Chemistry – Residential
Mathematics – Residential
Physics – Residential

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Engineering
Pre-Health Professions