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First Step Option Courses

Earn College Credits

Explore PCC’s liberal arts classes. Each semester credit hour represents approximately 45 hours of class lecture combined with outside classwork or studying.

These courses are designed to give you a firm grounding on which the rest of your coursework can be built. For guidance when deciding which courses are the best option for the major you’re considering, contact an academic advisor.

Space in classes is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

BIV 102 New Testament Survey (2 credits)

This course provides a general knowledge of the New Testament books of Romans through Revelation. Students learn the author, theme, content, and distinctive features of each book.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Fulfills the BI 205 Bible requirement for all majors

BIV 202 Old Testament Survey (2 credits)

A chronological overview of Israel’s history from Joshua to Malachi. The student will learn a broad outline of each book, including the authorship, purpose, major characters, and passages of doctrinal significance.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Fulfills the BI 105 Bible requirement for all majors

BIV 203 Life of Christ (2 credits)

This course is an in-depth look at the life and ministry of Jesus from His incarnation to His ascension. The student will use a harmony of the gospels to study the major chronological events in the life of Christ. A research paper will be prepared by each student based on a detailed study of one major event from Christ's ministry.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Missions. Fulfills Bible elective for other majors; check catalog to determine if major requires Bible elective.

BIV 216 Teachings of Jesus (2 credits)

A comprehensive study of the teachings of Christ as found in the four gospels, with an emphasis on application. The student will thoroughly investigate Christ's parables, discourses, and short sayings.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Fulfills Bible elective; check catalog to determine if major requires Bible elective.

BIV 233 Life of David (2 credits)

A study of the life of David. The student will learn contextual perspectives of theocracy and transition to the monarchy. Emphasis is given to specific events in the life of David and people associated with him. The student will be able to identify and illustrate application of biblical truth to daily life.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Bible General Studies, Missions, Pastoral Ministries, and Youth Ministries. Fulfills Bible elective for other majors; check catalog to determine if major requires Bible elective.

BIV 321 Bible Doctrines (2 credits)

A study familiarizing the student with the basic Bible doctrines upon which Christianity stands. The student will identify the essential elements of Bibliology, theology proper, Christology, and pneumatology.

Term Availability: Fall

Prerequisites: BIV 102 and BIV 202.

Required for all majors

BIV 322 Bible Doctrines (2 credits)

A study familiarizing the student with the basic Bible doctrines upon which Christianity stands. The student will identify the essential elements of anthropology, ecclesiology, soteriology, angelology, and eschatology.

Term Availability: Spring

Prerequisites: BIV 102 and BIV 202.

Required for all majors

ENV 121/123 English Grammar and Composition I (3 credits)

Students learn traditional grammar and mechanics. Additionally, students will learn how to write essays focusing on effective paragraphs, sentences, and diction.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: English placement exam.

Required for all majors

ENV 126 English Grammar and Composition II (3 credits)

This course focuses on developing students’ ability to write persuasively and to conduct research. Students will write argumentative, researched essays and papers, focusing on effective content, organization, sentence structure, and diction.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: At least “C-” in ENV 121/123 or place into ENV 126 on the English placement exam.

Required for all majors

ENV 210 Introduction to Literature (3 credits)

The student will be introduced to the worldview of major British and American authors and works from Beowulf to the twentieth century. The student will study the meaning, philosophy, literary qualities, and historical context of the works presented.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: ENV 126.

Required for all majors except for English, Professional Writing, and Secondary Education, English concentration and second teaching field.

HIV 101 History of Civilization (3 credits)

This course is a survey of the major civilizations of the ancient and medieval world and their contributions to history. Concise histories of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, along with the development of Western civilization from the earliest writings of ancient man to the emergence of modern Europe from medieval culture serve to provide the student a panoramic view of history. Students will learn the importance of the religious, political, legal, and cultural aspects of the ancient, medieval, and early modern world as seen from a Christian perspective.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for all majors except for Pre-Nursing, which may take either HIV101 or 102.

HIV 102 History of Civilization (3 credits)

Beginning with an examination of the founding of the United States and its Constitution as contrasted with the French Revolution and its ramifications, this course traces the emergence of the modern world. Students will learn the importance of the philosophies and current geopolitical trends that have helped to shape modern history.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for all majors except for Pre-Nursing, which may take either HIV101 or 102.

MAV 121 College Algebra I (3 credits)

Students learn about exponents, radicals, rational expressions, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, systems of equations, and applications.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: Placement into MAV 121 or higher.

Placement determined by Mathematics Placement Exam.

MAV 125 Mathematics for Liberal Arts (3 credits)

Students will learn problem-solving skills and topics related to algebra, geometry, mathematical logic, and statistics.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: Placement into MAV 125 or higher.

Required for Political Science. Placement determined by Mathematics Placement Exam. Fulfills math elective; check Catalog to determine if major requires math elective.

MAV 130 College Algebra II (3 credits)

Students learn about algebraic functions and equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear modeling, graphing techniques, and applications.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: At least “C-” in MAV 121 or placement into MAV 130 or higher.

Placement determined by Algebra/Calculus Exam. Check Catalog to determine if major requires this course.

MAV 131 College Trigonometry (3 credits)

Students learn various methods of solving triangular problems. The analytical function of trigonometry is demonstrated through investigations of identities and simple equation solutions. The additional topics of matrices, sequences, and probability are discussed.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: At least “C-” in MAV 130 or placement into MAV 131 or higher.

Placement determined by Algebra/Calculus Exam. Check Catalog to determine if major requires this course.

MAV 221 Calculus I (4 credits)

Students learn introductory calculus topics through differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, with applications.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: At least “C-” in MAV 131 or placement into MAV 221.

Placement determined by Algebra/Calculus Exam. Check Catalog to determine if major requires this course.

SCV 111 Fundamentals of Biology (3 credits)

Students will learn foundational concepts in biology by studying origins, plant biology, all major animal phyla, and ecology and environment.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Fulfills science elective; check Catalog to determine if major requires science elective.

SCV 112 Human and Cell Biology (3 credits)

Students will learn the central concepts of human anatomy and physiology, cell biology, and genetics.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Medical Office Systems and Administration. Fulfills science elective; check Catalog to determine if major requires science elective.

SCV 122 General Entomology (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the study of insects. Students will learn anatomy, biology, and taxonomy of insects and identify many common insects to the family level. In addition, they will study the practical uses of entomology.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Fulfills science elective; check Catalog to determine if major requires science elective.

SCV 211 Earth and Space (3 credits)

Students learn the foundational scientific laws and principles that govern the natural processes involved in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Elementary Education; Secondary Education, Science concentration and second teaching field; and Secondary Education, Biology concentration. Fulfills science elective for other majors; check Catalog to determine if major requires science elective.

SCV 212 Physical Science (3 credits)

Students learn the foundational concepts, theories, and principles that guide the current understanding of and research in chemistry and physics.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Elementary Education and Secondary Education, Science second teaching field. Fulfills science elective for other majors; check Catalog to determine if major requires science elective.

SCV 218 Elements of Nutrition (3 credits)

Students learn the basic concepts of human nutrition, application of that knowledge to a healthy lifestyle, and nutritional diseases. Topics include nutrients and nutritional processes, food safety, and nutrition for life stages. Nationally established guidelines are addressed.

Term Availability: Fall, Spring

Required for Pre-Pharmacy. Fulfills science elective for other majors; check Catalog to determine if major requires science elective.