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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.

Interim Program Director: Mr. Arthur Manning

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. Systems Analyst Track: The student will demonstrate advanced understanding of systems integration, particularly as it pertains to the Microsoft suite of operating systems. 
  2. MCSE Track: The student will obtain industry-standard Microsoft certifications based on computer core and track-specific coursework. 
  3. L.A.M.P. Track: The student will demonstrate the ability to effectively integrate open-source operating systems and software to provide functionality appropriate for business or ministry uses. 
  4. Ministry Track: The student will demonstrate that he/she can effectively apply information processing technology to areas of church automation, Christian ministry, and biblical studies. 
  5. Programming Track: The student will demonstrate proficiency in developing software programs in multiple modern programming languages using appropriate tools and software development methodologies. 
  6. Computer Security Track: The student will demonstrate the ability to detect and mitigate security vulnerabilities in computers and networks. Advanced Networking Track: The student will obtain industry standard networking certification(s) to demonstrate proficiency in network design, implementation, and security.

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)
      • Computer-Assisted Bible Study/Computers in Ministry (BT/CS 225)
      • 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 104/5-404/5)
      • Senior Seminar (IAS 410)
    • Computer Studies (45 credits)
      • Core Courses:
        • Modern Programming Techniques using Visual Basic (CS 151)
        • Modern Office Automation Applications (CS 205)
        • Introduction to UNIX (CS 232)
        • Database Management and Design (CS 312)
        • Microcomputer Hardware (CS 317)
        • Computer Networking (CS 322)
        • Systems Analysis & Design (CS 412)
        • Systems Administration (CS 422)
        • Computer Security (CS 432)
      • MCSE Certification Track Courses:
        • MCSE-1: Managing a Windows Server 2003 Environment (CS 351)
        • MCSE-2: Implementing a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (CS 352)
        • MCSE-3: Planning a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (CS 353)
        • MCSE-4: Planning a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure (CS 454)
        • MCSE-5: Windows XP Pro (CS 455)
        • MCSE-6: Designing Security for a Server 2003 Environment (CS 456)
      • L.A.M.P. Track Courses:
        • Leveraging the World Wide Web (CS 325)
        • MySQL Administration (CS 345)
        • Advanced Linux (CS 410)
        • Scripting Languages (CS 430)
        • Programming in PHP (CS 420)
        • Advanced Web/e-Commerce Technology (CS 445)
      • Ministry Track Courses:
        • Computer Graphics (CS 315)
        • Leveraging the World Wide Web (CS 325)
        • Publications (CS 380)
        • Multimedia Systems (CS 435)
        • Ministry Project in CIS (CS 480)
        • Ministry Internship (CS 475)
      • Programming Track Courses:
        • Principles of Object-Oriented Programming (CS 212)
        • Leveraging the World Wide Web (CS 325)
        • C++ (CS 330)
        • Programming in PHP (CS 420)
        • Scripting Languages (CS 430)
        • Student-Selected Programming Language (CS 440)
      • Systems Analyst Track Courses:
        • Principles of Object-Oriented Programming (CS 212)
        • Leveraging the World Wide Web (CS 325)
        • Multimedia Systems (CS 435)
        • Microsoft Windows Architecture (CS 335)
        • Computer Elective
        • Computer Elective
      • Computer Security Track Courses:
        • Certified Ethical Hacking (CS 300)
        • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CS 302)
        • Certified Security Analyst (CS 304)
        • Network Security Administrator (CS 400)
        • Penetration Testing Techniques (CS 402)
        • System Security Certified Practitioner (CS 404)
      • Advanced Networking Track Courses:
        • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CS 320)
        • CCNP 1: Implementing Cisco IP Routing (CS 324)
        • CCNP 2: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (CS 326)
        • CCNP 3: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (CS 414)
        • Computer Networking Internship (CS 416)
        • Network Security Administrator (CS 400)
      • Computer Electives Include:
        • Computer Graphics (CS 315)
        • Advanced Networking (CS 425)
        • Specialty Studies in Computer Technology (CS 450)
        • Java/JavaScript Programming (CS 460)
        • Introduction to Robotics (CS 340)
        • Introduction to Computer-Aided Design/CAD (CS 355)
    • 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 1 (HIS 131), Western Civilization 2 (HIS 132) or American History (HIS 234)
      • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
      • Social Science Electives
    • Natural Sciences (10 credits)
      • College Math (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