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.
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, & terms of the discipline)
      • Explain the major historical theories of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society
      • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology for an understanding of human behavior
      • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology, anthropology, sociology and theology
      • Understand the behavioral, cognitive, and affective implications of specific doctrinal beliefs and systematic theology as a basis for understanding human behavior
      • Explain the functions and purpose of Christian institutions including the household and congregation as a place of discipleship, worship, fellowship, and relational reconciliation
    • Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective & analytical)
      • Use and apply psychology, anthropology, sociology, and theology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding empirical phenomenon
      • Differentiate the behavioral science theoretical foundations and theology from pseudoscience/anecdote as well as cultural religious perspectives from Biblical perspectives
      • Contrast and compare Western Culture and the Judeo-Christian worldview
      • Examine current approaches to Christian-oriented and biblically based counseling developing a personal integrate model
      • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)
    • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
      • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the Christian behavioral sciences literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
      • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading
      • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
      • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
      • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
    • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
    • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Christian Behavioral Science Major (51 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements**

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)

CST110-H
Skaug, Benjamin Michael
09/06/2016 T 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM BUS 183
CST110-A
Gill, John J
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 183
CST110-F
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 202
CST110-B
Slunaker, Joseph Gregory
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS 202
CST110-E
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST110-G
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST110-C
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 124
CST110-D
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 124
CST110-E
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
CST110-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST110-D
Co, Adamson
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 124
CST110-F
Stamps, Robert Lucas
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 109
CST110-B
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 124
CST110-C
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 124

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)

CST130-F
Evans, Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM BUS 103
CST130-H
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 183
CST130-A
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 183
CST130-G
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B258
CST130-I
Cate, James J.
09/06/2016 TR 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-D
Cate, James J.
09/06/2016 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-E
Cate, James J.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST130-B
Cate, James J.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-C
Cate, James J.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST130-F
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B218
CST130-G
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS
CST130-I
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS
CST130-H
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM BUS
CST130-B
Slunaker, Joseph Gregory
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS 109
CST130-A
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-C
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST130-D
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-E
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN

PSY213 General Psychology
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This introductory course is a survey of the processes of adjustment, growth, learning, remembering, perception, sensation, socialization, and emotions. It is meant to better equip students to understand and articulate their own life experiences, as well as improve their understanding of the behavior of others. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in Psychology. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY213-B
Smith, Erin I.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
PSY213-A
Smith, Erin I.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN
PSY213-C
Mahaffey, Cristin Michelle
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 109
PSY213-D
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS A112
PSY213-F
Nardi, Nicholas M.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS A112
PSY213-A
Smith, Erin I.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 250
PSY213-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 250
PSY213-C
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 250
PSY213-E
Mauldin, Kristin N.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 250
PSY213-F
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 250
PSY213-D
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204

Choose one (1) of the following courses

ANT225 Cultural Anthropology
+

A general survey of Cultural Anthropology from a behavioral, cognitive, and material perspective and viewed as a social science, focuses on cultural factors that affect human behavior, including a brief overview of the four major fields of anthropology. Topics include cultural change, language, family, religious practices, economic subsistence patterns, and political power systems. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ANT225-C
Melika, Ash
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 191
ANT225-B
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 192
ANT225-E
Goodman, Julie Marcele
09/06/2016 M 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS B110
ANT225-A
Melika, Ash
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS B252
ANT225-D
Melika, Ash
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 203
ANT225-F
Goodman, Julie Marcele
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 204
ANT225-A
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
ANT225-B
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS
ANT225-C
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS
ANT225-D
Melika, Ash
01/11/2017 - BUS 202
ANT225-E
Goodman, Julie Marcele
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 202
ANT225-F
Goodman, Julie Marcele
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 202

BEH100 Survey of the Behavioral Science
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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. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BEH100-A
Moore, Marilyn
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS B220
BEH100-B
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 124
BEH100-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 124

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. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

SOC213-D
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 191
SOC213-A
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 183
SOC213-C
Minton, Carol
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 109
SOC213-B
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 183
SOC213-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS
SOC213-B
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS
SOC213-C
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

Upper Division Introduction Requirements

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview
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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)

BEH333-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125
BEH333-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 203

CST350 Biblical Interpretation
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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)

CST350-T2
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
CST350-A
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
CST350-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN

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)

CST370-A
Co, Adamson
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS B111
CST370-A
Co, Adamson
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

PSY320 Life Span Development
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Principles of psychological development from birth to senescence. Prerequisite: PSY 213. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 166
PSY320-A
Handojo, Virgo
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 166
PSY320-C
Moore, Marilyn
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B220
PSY320-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
PSY320-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

PSY322 Theories of Personality
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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)

PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B111
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 36A2
PSY322-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
PSY322-B
Handojo, Virgo
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

Upper Division Christian Behavioral Science Requirements (21 units)

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)

CBS303-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A110
CBS303-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A110

CBS350 Development & Discipleship
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This course examines the relationship between human development as it is understood within the Behavioral Sciences and Discipleship as formation, transformation and reformation within the Judeo-Christian Theologies. Subjects include Biblical perspectives on faith development, discipleship, learning, maturity, and biblical life cycle. It further examines development as a biological, cognitive, relational and spiritual process that moves toward maturity and wisdom in the context of life and life to life relationships. Specifically, it addresses this as an overall aspect of discipleship of children and converts within the Judeo-Christian religious traditions. Prerequisite: BEH 333 (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

CBS350-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 202

CBS400 Spec Topics in Christian Beh Sci
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An in-depth seminar on a selected topic within the Christian Behavioral Science. The course will introduce students to the historical and contemporary literature and issues related to the selected topic as well as encourage critical thinking. Specifically, consideration will be given to the differences between a secular and biblical view of the selected topic. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

CBS403 Congregation and Community
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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)

CBS403-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
09/06/2016 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS B258

CBS415 Biblical Wisdom and Human Behav.
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A comprehensive examination of the principles for living found in the Biblical Wisdom literature. The principles will be applied to several areas of human behavior including personality development, abnormality and mental health, cognition, emotions, marriage and family life, authority, work, financial management, and citizenship. The implications for personal choices, parenting, counseling, teaching and ministry will be thoroughly considered. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

CBS415-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 166

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)

CBS420-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

CBS423 Models of Christian Counseling
+

An examination of current Christian-oriented counseling approaches toward the development of a personal integrated model of counseling that is distinctly Christian. The models will be considered in light of the essentials of a biblical theology of counseling. Further attention will be given to understanding the differences between clinical and congregational approaches to counseling. Prerequisite: BEH 333. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

CBS423-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

Upper Division Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

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)

CST360-A
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 125
CST360-T4
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A111
CST360-A
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A111

CST425 Christian Social Ethics
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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)

CST425-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 202
CST425-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

ICS305 Global Perspectives
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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)

ICS305-T3
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125
ICS305-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125

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.