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The Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Computer Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Computer Information Systems is a four-year program of study designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the Bible and computer information systems expertise. The program includes intensive study in three academic areas: Bible/theology, general education, and computer studies.

Program Director: Mr. Stephen Elliot

Program Mission

To equip students to effectively analyze the computer technology requirements of a business or ministry, determine the computer systems and networks necessary to satisfy those requirements, and effectively manage the resulting information technology environment.

Program Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible/Theology outcomes, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze technology needs: Identify and analyze the information technology needs of a business or ministry and, using critical thinking skills, translate that analysis into a set of specifications that include items like capacities, access controls, user interfaces, data flows and repositories required to satisfy the needs identified.
  2. Design a specified IT environment: The environment will be based on specifications generated through the analysis of a business or ministry, and will consist of computer hardware, software, databases and networks.
  3. Communicate professionally: This would include commenting of programming code, presenting technical information clearly in an aural format, and documenting an information technology environment including software integration, database structures, computer and network security elements, configuration, directory services and other essential components of the environment.
  4. Implement a technology solution: Assemble, configure, and troubleshoot a typical secure business computing environment based on specific documentation of system requirements, including networking, hardware and software integration, database design, and overall systems administration.

Track-Specific Outcomes:

  1. System Management and Support Track: The student will demonstrate advanced understanding of systems integration, and an ability to maintain and support the system as a whole.
  2. Programming and Design Track: The student will demonstrate proficiency in developing software programs using appropriate tools and software development methodologies. The student will also demonstrate an ability to create an aesthetically appealing interface using advanced graphics design principles.
  3. Networking and Security Track: The student will demonstrate proficiency in network design, implementation, and security including the ability to detect and mitigate security vulnerabilities.

Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Successful completion of courses CS 101 Fundamental Computer Literacy and PH 108 Logical Analysis.
  3. Prior to the sophomore year, a student must declare a major in Computer Information Systems.
  4. At the beginning of the sophomore year, students must apply for entrance into the program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application. After the application has been received, the Computer Studies faculty will review it. Their decision will be delivered to the student by means of a formal letter.
  5. Payment of all applicable additional fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in their annual statement of fees.

Bachelor of Science in Bible/Theology and Computer Information Systems Requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 129 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 65 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet the course requirements in the following areas:
  • Bible/Theology (39 credits)
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life & Bible Study Methods (BT 110)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Hermeneutics (BT 250)
    • Theology 1 (BT 205)
    • Theology 2 (BT 210)
    • Theology 3 (BT 305)
    • Theology 4 (BT 310)
    • Bible and Theology Electives**
  • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
    • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
  • Inter-Area Studies (5 credits)
    • Transitions Seminar (IAS 101)
    • Servant Leader Training (IAS 102/3-402/3)
    • Chapel Attendance (IAS 110)
    • Senior Seminar (IAS 410)
  • Computer Studies (45 credits)

  • Core Courses:
    • Modern Programming Techniques using Visual Basic (CS 151)
    • Introduction to Computer Hardware (CS 217)
    • Introduction to Networking and Security (CS 222)
    • Introduction to Operating Systems (CS 230)
    • System Troubleshooting (CS 316)
    • Systems Analysis & Design (CS 412)
    • Senior Project (CS 490)
  • System Management and Support Track Electives (choose 6):
    • Introduction to UNIX (CS 232)
    • Microcomputer Hardware (CS 317)
    • Microsoft Windows Architecture (CS 335)
    • MCSE-1: Managing a Windows Server Environment (CS 351)
    • MCSE-2: Implementing a Windows Server Network Infrastructure (CS 352)
    • MCSE-3: Planning a Windows Server Network Infrastructure (CS 353)
    • MCSE-4: Planning a Windows Server Active Directory Infrastructure (CS 454)
    • Advanced Linux (CS 410)
    • Systems Administration (CS 422)
    • Multimedia Systems (CS 435)
    • MCSE-5: Microsoft Windows (CS 455)
    • MCSE-6: Designing Security for a Server Environment (CS 456)
  • Programing and Design Track Electives (choose 6):
    • Modern Office Automation Applications (CS 205)
    • Principles of Object-Oriented Programming (CS 212)
    • Database Management and Design (CS 312)
    • Computer Graphics (CS 315)
    • Leveraging the World Wide Web (CS 325)
    • C++ (CS 330)
    • Introduction to Robotics (CS 340)
    • MySQL Administration (CS 345)
    • Introduction to Computer-Aided Design/CAD (CS 355)
    • Publications (CS 380)
    • Programming in PHP (CS 420)
    • Scripting Languages (CS 430)
    • Student-Selected Programming Language (CS 440)
    • Advanced Web/e-Commerce Technology (CS 445)
    • Java/JavaScript Programming (CS 460)
  • Networking and Security Track Electives (choose 6):
    • Certified Ethical Hacking (CS 300)
    • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CS 302)
    • Certified Security Analyst (CS 304)
    • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CS 320)
    • CCNP 1: Implementing Cisco IP Routing (CS 324)
    • CCNP 2: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (CS 326)
    • Network Security Administrator (CS 400)
    • Penetration Testing Techniques (CS 402)
    • System Security Certified Practitioner (CS 404)
    • CCNP 3: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (CS 414)
    • Computer Networking Internship (CS 416)
    • Advanced Networking (CS 425)
    • Computer Security (CS 432)
  • Computer Electives:
    • Computer Assisted Bible Study (CS 225)
    • Specialty Studies in Computer Technology (CS 450)
    • Ministry Internship (CS 475)
    • Ministry Project in CIS (CS 480)
  • Humanities (15 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Introduction to Philosophy: Christian Worldview* (PH 106)
    • Logical Analysis (PH 108)
  • Social Sciences(12 credits)
    • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History (HIS 235/236)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
    • Social Science Electives
  • Natural Sciences (10 credits)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
    • Introduction to Human Biology (SCI 241)
    • Introduction to Human Biology Lab (SCI 242)
    • Math or Science Elective

*meets Bible-Related requirement
**at least one book study required

Award: Bachelor of Science