Philosophy, Science, & Math Courses

GPS 200                             Worldviews and Ethics                               3 hours

Compares competing contemporary worldviews, including Christianity, Postmodernism, and Naturalism, and ethical theories, including Utilitarianism, Existentialism, and Relativism.  Special focus on ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. (Formerly GPS100) (View syllabus) (View honors syllabus)

GPS 222                 Introduction to Environmental Science                  3 hours

Provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

GPS 232                   Contemporary College Mathematics                     3 hours

Students learn practical applications for mathematical concepts.  Problem solving techniques are emphasized.  Topics include deductive reasoning, algebraic models, measurements, financial analysis, sequences, statistics, and probability.

GPS 242                      Introduction to Physical Science                       3 hours

An overview and review of two major areas of Physical Science, Physics and Chemistry.

GPS 244                               Physical Science Lab                                  1 hour

A companion to GPS242, which some students may transfer into another college’s program.

GPS 300                  Introduction to Biblical Archaeology                    3 hours

An introduction to the science of archaeology - its history, scope, modern field methods and techniques, its value and limitations, the use and abuse of archaeological data - so students may work intelligently with current archaeological literature.  Special emphasis is given to the principal archaeological discoveries in lands where Biblical events occurred, showing how these discoveries illumine the background of Scripture and corroborate the Biblical record.                 

GPS 310                          World Religions & Culture                            3 hours

Focuses on the origins and practices of various religions of the world.  Special attention is given to how cultures express the worldviews of the religious environment in which they develop.  These religions and cultures are compared and contrasted to the teachings of Christianity.

GPS 320                       East Asian Religions & Culture                         3 hours

A study of the cultural elements of Japan, China, and Korea including Confucianism, Buddhism, Communism, local religions, key historical, and political developments of each country, with an emphasis on those elements influencing contemporary culture in each region.  (Alternative to World Religions & Culture for East Asian Emphasis)

GPS 310 DL                 Foundations of World Religions                        3 hours

Includes an introduction to the theories, origin and function of religion.  In addition to a survey of primitive and basic religions, it will study the major religions of the world, classified by their geographical area of origin; those tracing their beginnings to India, China and Japan, and the Middle East.  The course concludes with a study of the response of Christianity to these world religions. 

GPS 340                               Issues in Philosophy                                 3 hours

Addresses the philosophical issues of the nature and source of knowledge through a historical survey of philosophies from pre-Socratic materialism to post-modernism.  Describes formal arguments and logical fallacies. (View syllabus) (View honors syllabus)

GPS 345                              Introduction to Logic                                3 hours

Focuses on the structures of formal arguments, on identifying and correcting formal and informal fallacies, and on how to apply these skills to persuasive writing and speaking, by emphasizing basic strategies of critical thinking and correct reasoning.       

GPS 350                       Issues in East Asian Philosophy                         3 hours

Students are introduced to the elements of Nishida philosophy, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.  Christian thinkers in East Asia are also highlighted and evaluated.  Special attention is given to how these philosophies influence theological thought in that region of the world.

GPS 395                             Readings in Philosophy                              3 hours

Selected readings in philosophy are assigned by the instructor.  A minimum of 1,000 pages of reading for each hour of credit, plus a final research paper or project are required for the course.