Identify the significant individuals who have shaped the development of historical theology and describe the
contributions of each.
Articulate basic Christian doctrines of both Old and New Testaments, and provide clear biblical support for each.
Describe the key issues involved in the major theological controversies that have occurred in the Christian
community from Pentecost to present.
Describe the major options in apologetic methodology.
Articulate arguments for the existence of God.
Articulate the major evidences used to support Christianity.
Describe the foundational beliefs of major world religions and major cults.
Clearly articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry as it relates to the purpose of the Church.
Describe the educational cycle within a local church educational ministry.
Describe the concept of vocation as it relates to Christian education.
Describe the interrelationships between the various church ministries (Christian education, youth ministry,
biblical counseling, missions, etc.).
Biological Sciences Core
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the biological taxonomic kingdom and phyla divisions and classification of
organisms within that system.
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key features and current issues related to the various major theories
of biological origins.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key current issues in environmental biology and ecology.
Analyze molecular structure and chemical reactivity relationships within a chemical and biological environment.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of cellular structures and processes within cells.
Perform and interpret analyses of the various modes of Mendelian inheritance.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of those basic principles of physics, statistics, and differential and integral
calculus necessary to the study and practice of research in the biological sciences.
Effectively prepare written and oral presentations from primary research literature in the biological sciences.
Explain in accurate detail the molecular basis of inheritance, including DNA replication, transcription, translation,
and the regulation of these processes.
Natural History/Environmental Biology
Demonstrate a working knowledge of vertebrate natural history, systematics, and comparative anatomy, and their
applications to biological origins.
Effectively conduct selected field research techniques in plant and animal ecology.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the interrelationship among species, population dynamics, and the study
of human impacts on ecosystems as it relates to stewardship ecology.
Explain in detail the mechanisms involved in the replication and regulation of expression of genetic information
for prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses.
Describe the theoretical basis underlying and perform basic laboratory procedures used in molecular biology,
biochemistry, microbiology, and biotechnology.
Compare and contrast the initial pathways of development found in organisms from invertebrates to mammals.
Describe the underlying thermodynamic principles that govern biochemical pathways. Describe how biochemical
pathways are regulated and integrated to maintain homeostasis.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functions of each organ system and their interrelationships in the whole
organism to maintain physiological homeostasis.