University General Education Core Curriculum - 44 hrs
The University General Education Core Curriculum is applied to all degrees at Wayland Baptist University with the exception of the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) and the Bachelor of Christian Ministry (B.C.M.) degrees. The full general education core curriculum for these degrees can be found in the degree specific general education core curriculum section.
Communications - 3 hrs from:
- COMS 1301 - Speech Communication 3 hrs , COMS 1303 - Professional Communication 3 hrs, COMS 2302 - Communication in the Classroom 3 hrs, or COMS 2303 - Public Speaking 3 hrs 1
English - 9 hrs:
- ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric 3 hrs 2, ENGL 1302 - Composition and Reading 3 hrs 2, and a literature course 3 hrs
Behavioral/Social Science - 3 hrs from:
- ECON 2307 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs 3, EDUC 2307 - Child and Adolescent Development 3 hrs4, GEOG 1301 - Introduction to Physical Geography 3 hrs, GEOG 1302 - World and Regional Geography 3 hrs, PHIL 1301 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs, PSYC 1301 - General Psychology 3 hrs 5, or SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology 3 hrs
Fine Arts6 - 3 hrs from:
- ART 1301 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs , ART 2301 - Visual Arts for the School Teacher 3 hrs, or studio course 3 hrs; MUSI 1301 - Fundamentals of Music 3 hrs, MUSI 1303 - Music Appreciation 3 hrs, MUSI 3304 - World Music 3 hrs, MUSI 3305 - American Music 3 hrs, MUSI 3306 - Jazz 3 hrs, MUSI 3307 - American Film Music 3 hrs, or performing ensemble 3 hrs; THEA 1303 - Introduction to Theatre 3 hrs, THEA 2307 - Acting I , or THEA 3308 - Film and Theatre 3 hrs; ENGL 3330 - Introduction to Film 3 hrs; or FNAR 2401 - Fine Arts in the Elementary School
Mathematics - 3 hrs
- MATH 1303 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3 hrs , MATH 1304 - College Algebra 3 hrs12, or higher
Science - 4 hrs:
- Laboratory Science7, 11 (life science or physical science course)
History - 6 hours from:
- HIST 1301 - Western Civilization to 1648 3 hrs or HIST 1303 - World Civilization to 1500 3 hrs AND HIST 1302 - Western Civilization since 1648 3 hrs or HIST 1304 - World Civilization since 1500 3 hrs; or HIST 2301 - United States History to 1877 3 hrs8 and HIST 2302 - United States History since 1877 3 hrs8
Religion - 6 hrs:
- RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History 3 hrs or RLGN 1303 - Old Testament for Majors and Minors 3 hrs 9 and RLGN 1302 - New Testament History 3 hrs or RLGN 1304 - New Testament for Majors and Minors 3 hrs9
Political Science - 3 hrs:
- POLS 2301 - American Government 3 hrs
Exercise & Sport Science - 2 hrs:
- EXSS courses10
Additional Requirements - 2 hrs:
- BASC 1200 - Best Achievement Strategies for College 2 hrs or BASC 1201 - Best Achievement Strategies for College 2 hrs
- GRAD 0001 - Senior Seminar 0 hrs
- COMS requirement may differ by degree. The B.S.N. specifies COMS 1301 or higher. Students pursuing teacher certification should take COMS 2302 .
- ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
- ECON 2307 cannot be used for students pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
- EDUC 2307 is required for teacher certification.
- PSYC 1301 is required for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
- Fine Arts requirements for the B.S.N. specifies ART 1301 or higher or MUSI 1303 or higher. The B.M. and B.A. in Music degrees specify ART 1301 , ART studio course, THEA 1303 , THEA 2307 , or THEA 3308 . The B.F.A. in Theatre specifies ART 1301 , ART 2301 , or studio art. The B.S.I.S. EC-6 degree can take FNAR 2401 .
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing students must take BIOL 3410 to meet this requirement.
- HIST 2301 and HIST 2302 are required for teacher certification.
- Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History and/or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland or (2) take THST 4310 , THST 4311 , THST 4312 , THST 4313 , or THST 4320 in lieu of RLGN 1301 ; and/or take THST 4320 , THST 4321 , THST 4322 , or THST 4323 in lieu of RLGN 1302 . THST 4320 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other THST/MNST courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 . The Dean of the School of Christian Studies must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Christian Studies and the Registrar. RLGN 1303 and RLGN 1304 are required for the Theological Studies major and all School of Christian Studies minors to meet the requirement of RLGN 1301 and RLGN 1302 . This does not apply to the B.A.S. degree.
- B.S. degree requires EXSS 1112 and one activity course. B.F.A. in Theatre does not require EXSS courses due to activity requirements in major. Courses that can be used to fulfill this requirement include a statement to that affect in the course description. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.
- Life science includes Biology and Environmental Science courses. Physical science includes Chemistry, Geology and Physics courses.
- Students pursuing the B.B.A., B.S., or B.S.I.S. degrees or teacher certification are required to take MATH 1304 .
Bachelor of Science Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 14 hrs
The Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed for students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the discipline sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in mathematics and science. These additional requirements are included in the degree specific general education core. In addition to the University Core Curriculum, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.S. degree:
Academic Major and Minor
Major fields of study approved for the B.S. degree are listed in the Academic Program Profile table following the degree requirement section of the catalog Major requirements for the degree are at least 30 semester hours. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.
Students pursuing the B.S. degree must select a minor from any discipline identified by the University as an approved minor field. The typical minor consists of 18 semester hours. In composite science, major and minor requirements are combined into a 48-semester hour major. Specific semester hours as well as course requirements for the minor are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected. A complete list of minors is included in the Academic Program Profile section.
Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.
Molecular Biology Course Requirements
The major requires 40 hours, of which 32 hours are upper level. Twenty-eight of these hours are from a set core and 12 hours are selected from the additional courses listed. Students are encouraged to choose these 12 hours such that they best prepare the student for their future career goals. *MATH 1306 Elementary Statistics , MSCI 2311 Scientific Computing , and MSCI 3101 Faith and Science Seminar are required courses for all math and science majors. MATH 1306 and MSCI 2311 can each be used to fulﬁll three hours of general education and degree core requirements in math and computer literacy, respectively. Students are encouraged to complete a chemistry minor with this major. Up to 4 hours from MSCI 4X03 and MSCI 4360 may be counted toward the 12 hours of biology electives for the degree.
Twelve hours from the following:
Up to 4 hours from MSCI 4X03 and MSCI 4360 may be counted toward the 12 hours of biology electives for the degree.
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with Chemistry Minor Possible Sequence of Courses
The following is ONE four-year schedule that would result in the B. S. degree in molecular biology. Many other permutations of this plan are possible including additional majors and/or minors in other disciplines. All upper-level science courses are on rotation making exact duplication of this four-year plan impossible for some students. This plan is intended as a guide only. Students are strongly encouraged to choose their courses in consultation with their advisor.
Freshman Year Fall Semester - 18 hrs:
Freshman Year Spring Semester - 18 hrs:
Sophomore Year Fall Semester - 17 hrs:
Sophomore Year Spring Semester - 17-18 hrs:
Junior Year Fall Semester - 14-15 hrs:
Junior Year Spring Semester - 14 hrs:
Senior Year Fall Semester - 16 hrs:
Senior Year Spring Semester - 13 hrs:
To reduce hours per semester, plan to take May and/or summer classes.
Upper-level biology and chemistry courses are offered on a rotating basis, where some courses are taught every other year. This will require flexibility to move courses between the junior and senior years.
If a student is seeking entrance into medical school or some other professional school, there may be other requirements as prerequisite courses such as Physics I and II that are not part of the molecular biology program which must be added in the junior and senior years.