Certificate of Biblical Studies

 

The Certificate of Biblical Studies is a 41-credit program composed of core Bible classes, core doctrinal classes, New Testament survey courses as taught by Pastor Chuck Smith, practical ministry classes, and Christian living courses.

 Note: Completion of the one-year certificate must be started and completed at CCBC Seattle within two consecutive semesters. For a detailed description of each class please consult the course catalog.

Core Bible Classes: (15 credits total for completion)

  • Genesis (3 credits)
  • A Gospel (3 credits)
  • Romans (3 credits)
  • Revelation (3 credits)
  • Additional Bible Book (3 credits)

Each of the core Bible classes are 3 credits and reflect the emphasis that CCBC Seattle places on the Word of God.  Whereas different matters of doctrine may be explained topically, CCBC Seattle chooses to teach doctrine in the context of Scripture itself (for example, we teach the book of Romans rather than a class looking at the doctrine of Soteriology).

 Core Doctrinal Classes: (6 credits total for completion)

  • Introduction to Hermeneutics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Theology (3 credits)

As a complement to our study of God’s Word, CCBC Seattle offers core doctrinal classes’ essential in the understanding of emerging Christian leaders. Each class will give a broad introduction to the topic of study emphasized, as well as a brief look at the current events surrounding these topics, a foundation of the terms used in each topic, and training in the tools needed for further study.

 Bible Survey as taught by Pastor Chuck Smith: (6 credits total for completion)

  • New Testament I (3 credits)
  • New Testament II (3 credits)

A distinctive of all the Calvary Chapel Bible College Campuses is the Through the Bible classes with Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (‘Chuck Tracks’). God used Pastor Chuck to start the Calvary Chapel movement over 40 years ago and Chuck Tracks offer the opportunity to examine the wealth of study of Pastor Chuck as he goes verse-by-verse, book-by-book, through the entire Bible.

 General Studies: (14 credits total for completion)

  • PNW Pastors Conference (1 credit fall semester)
  • Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit each semester)
  • Practical Christian Service (2 credits each semester)
  • Discipleship (2 credits each semester)
  • Missions Week (1 credit)
  • Koinonia (1 credit each semester)

Rounding out your Certificate of Biblical Studies are preparatory classes aimed at strengthening the head and the heart. From learning common skills of writing, reading and speaking to deepening your heart for service, these classes will be some of the most loved and challenging of the program.

Certificate of Biblical Studies semester breakdown:

 

Semester 1 – Fall Semester 2 – Spring
PNW Pastors Conference (1 credit) Gospel (3 credits)
Genesis (3 credits) Revelation (3 credits)
Romans (3 credits) Introduction to Theology (3 credits)
Introduction to Hermeneutics (3 credits) Additional Bible Book (3 credits)
NT Survey I (3 credits) NT Survey II (3 credits)
Practical Christian Ministry (2 credits) Practical Christian Ministry (2 credits)
Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit) Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit)
Discipleship (2 credits) Discipleship (2 credits)
Koinonia (1 credit) Koinonia (1 credit)
Missions Week (1 credit)
19 credits total

 

22 credits total

Associate of Theology Degree (A.Th.)

 

The Associate of Theology degree is an 81-credit program designed to equip Christian leaders and Ministers. It builds on the Certificate of Biblical Studies with additional core Bible classes, core doctrinal classes and elective courses designed to equip the leader for ministry. Each potential graduate is encouraged to choose an emphasis to focus their preparation for ministry.

Note: the Associate of Theology degree includes the 41 credits completed in the Certificate of Biblical Studies program and includes an optional Emphasis for study. For a detailed description of emphases and classes please consult the course catalog.

Core Bible Classes: (15 credits total for graduation)

  • Acts (3 credits)
  • Additional Bible Books (12 credits total)

Note: additional Bible Books should be chosen noting optional emphasis requirements.

Core Doctrinal Classes: (4 credits total for graduation)

  • Introduction to Apologetics (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Missiology (2 credits)

Bible Survey as taught by Pastor Chuck Smith: (6 credits total to graduate)

  • Old Testament I (3 credits)
  • Old Testament II (3 credits)

General Studies: (9 credits total to graduate)

  • Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit each semester)
  • Practical Christian Service (2 credits per semester)
  • Missions Week (1 credit)
  • Koinonia (1 credit each semester)

Degree Emphases: (6 elective credits total to graduate)

Electives vary by semester; contact the CCBC office or the Dean of Academics for specific semester offerings.

  • Church Leadership & Multiplication (2 credits)
  • Pastoral Support & Practical Leadership (2 credits)
  • Intro to Worship (2 credits)
  • Intro to Youth Ministry (2 credits)
  • Intro to Children’s Ministry (2 credits)
  • Homiletics (2 credits)

Note: Careful attention to when classes are offered should be made.

Associate of Theology year of study:

 

Semester 3 – Fall Semester 4 – Spring
Acts (3 credits) Introduction to Apologetics (2 credits)
Introduction to Missiology (2 credits) Additional Bible Book (3 credits)
Additional Bible Book (3 credits) Additional Bible Book (3 credits)
Additional Bible Book (3 credits) Elective (2 credits)
Elective (2 credits) Elective (2 credits)
OT Survey I (3 credits) OT Survey II (3 credits)
Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit) Practical Christian Ministry (2 credits)
Practical Christian Ministry (2 credits) Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit)
Koinonia (1 credit) Koinonia (1 credit)
Missions Week (1 credit)
20 credits total 20 credits total

 

Credits 

Calvary Chapel Bible College Seattle operates on a semester system, offering two semesters per year. One unit of credit represents 14-16 hours of lecture, discussion, recitation, or in-class work, or any combination thereof in a semester along with 14-16 hours of preparation, reading, take-home tests, written papers, or home work, or any combination thereof in a semester.

All on-campus students must takea  a minimum of 17 credits per semester. Since 81 credits are required for graduation, it is ideal for students to enroll in at least 20 credits each semester to be completed in two years. Off-campus students may enroll in part-time classes up to 14 credits or full-time classes with a minimum of 15 credits. 

Generally, students at Calvary Chapel Bible College Seattle are not permitted to take more than 22 credits in a semester. Students with a 3.85 GPA or higher may petition to enroll in more than 22 credits. No student may take more than 24 credits.