2018 Course Information

July 8-13, 2018

YOU MAY CHOOSE TWO classes from the four different areas. (If you are a returning student, do not select a class you have taken before as you will not receive credit for it.  Engineering classes are different, select the one for your appropriate grade.)


Recommended for students finishing your Freshman year in Spring 2018-select a total of two classes:

     History of the Bible -  Introduction to the fascinating and complex set of processes and technologies that have led to the various modern translations of the Bible; consider (among other things) how the Bible was written and distributed, the decisions that went into determining which books to include in the Bible, and why there are so many translations.

You may choose one of the three classes below (they are at the same time):
      ¡Charlemos! Let’s Chat! Spanish Immersion Lab -
 Dr. Tina Ware.  In this intensive language course (offered for those who have had at least 1 year of high school Spanish) students will use their Spanish skills to put on a chapel service, cook their lunch, study the arts and help out in the community. This class, taught entirely in Spanish, provides a concentrated dose of the target language taught in entertaining settings with native-Spanish speaking tutors from a variety of Latin American countries.
     Intro to Tolkein: Sub-creation and Creativity - 
Dr. Cami Agan. Explore J. R. R. Tolkien’s views of creation, drawn from the material collected in The Silmarillion and other works. Discussion is grounded in Tolkien's own term "sub-creation", or human creativity as a worshipful offering to the Creator. Familiarity with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit are helpful but not required for this class. 
    Introduction to the Evolution of Video Games - Jeff Price. Chart the history of the video game medium, paying particular attention to trends within the industry and the cultural forces that have shaped the development of games as well as how games have shaped culture. Examine some of the major themes of the course as they relate to current gaming events, and then chart those themes through the history of video games as a medium. 

You may choose one of the two classes below (they are at the same time):
     Debate: How to Argue Social Issues from a Christian Perspective without Being a Jerk- 
Dr. Brian Simmons. Christians in today’s American culture often find themselves in situations where they are discussing social issues with people who don’t share a Christian worldview—or with those who do but disagree with you. Too often in such situations, Christians become “jerks” practicing uncivil discourse and damaging the name of Christ. Therefore, this course is designed to equip students with rudimentary argumentation techniques and civil discourse practices. 
     Introduction to Engineering - Kevin Plumlee. Taught by OC's Faculty in ABET-accredited Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineering. This course is designed to introduce students to electrical, computer and mechanical engineering studies through lecture, problem solving, and an applied lab experience. Students will study the various approaches to engineering using the lab as an illustration of how engineers develop and implement solutions in their fields.

You may choose one of the three classes below (they are at the same time):
     In Cold Blood
 -  Dr. Howard Vogel. Study and gain hands-on laboratory experience with some of the techniques used in forensic chemistry.  Readings and classroom time will focus on the ways chemistry is used to reconstruct events, such as crimes, accidents or historical mysteries. (The Intro to Forensics field experience conflicts with Scriptures of the Holocaust course, please do not select Scriptures of the Holocaust and Forensic Science.)
   Math/CS 1: Introduction to Computer Science (Can computers think like a person?) Professor Don Leftwich and Professor David North. Concepts related to automatic processing of information.  The course will examine problems that may or may not be solvable using computer technology.  Students will learn some of the basic concepts related to the design and programming of a digital computer. 


Recommended for students finishing your Sophomore year in Spring 2018-select a total of two classes:  

     History of the Bible -  Introduction to the fascinating and complex set of processes and technologies that have led to the various modern translations of the Bible; consider (among other things) how the Bible was written and distributed, the decisions that went into determining which books to include in the Bible, and why there are so many translations.

You may choose one of the three classes below (they are at the same time):
      ¡Charlemos! Let’s Chat! Spanish Immersion Lab -
 Dr. Tina Ware.  In this intensive language course (offered for those who have had at least 1 year of high school Spanish) students will use their Spanish skills to put on a chapel service, cook their lunch, study the arts and help out in the community. This class, taught entirely in Spanish, provides a concentrated dose of the target language taught in entertaining settings with native-Spanish speaking tutors from a variety of Latin American countries.
     Intro to Tolkein: Sub-creation and Creativity - 
Dr. Cami Agan. Explore J. R. R. Tolkien’s views of creation, drawn from the material collected in The Silmarillion and other works. Discussion is grounded in Tolkien's own term "sub-creation", or human creativity as a worshipful offering to the Creator. Familiarity with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit are helpful but not required for this class. 
    Introduction to the Evolution of Video Games - Jeff Price. Chart the history of the video game medium, paying particular attention to trends within the industry and the cultural forces that have shaped the development of games as well as how games have shaped culture. Examine some of the major themes of the course as they relate to current gaming events, and then chart those themes through the history of video games as a medium. 

You may choose one of the two classes below (they are at the same time):
     Debate: How to Argue Social Issues from a Christian Perspective without Being a Jerk- 
Dr. Brian Simmons. Christians in today’s American culture often find themselves in situations where they are discussing social issues with people who don’t share a Christian worldview—or with those who do but disagree with you. Too often in such situations, Christians become “jerks” practicing uncivil discourse and damaging the name of Christ. Therefore, this course is designed to equip students with rudimentary argumentation techniques and civil discourse practices. 
     Introduction to Engineering 2- Kevin Plumlee. Taught by OC's Faculty in ABET-accredited Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineering. This course is designed to introduce students to electrical, computer and mechanical engineering studies through lecture, problem solving, and an applied lab experience. Students will study the various approaches to engineering using the lab as an illustration of how engineers develop and implement solutions in their fields.

You may choose one of the two science classes below (they are at the same time):
    Math/CS 1: Introduction to Computer Science (Can computers think like a person?) Professor Don Leftwich and Professor David North. Concepts related to automatic processing of information.  The course will examine problems that may or may not be solvable using computer technology.  Students will learn some of the basic concepts related to the design and programming of a digital computer.  
   Intro to Cell Bio
- Dr. Eric Phelps. Features lab culturing of HeLa Cells (cancer).  Explore the significance of how one woman’s cancer and one scientist’s dream revolutionized Cellular Biology; learn the fundamentals of how normal human cells are transformed into cancer cells; become familiar with laboratory sterile cell culture techniques; be responsible for maintaining proper growth conditions for a plate of human cancer cells.


Recommended for students finishing your Junior year in Spring of 2018-select a total of two classes:

Seniors may also choose from the above classes as long as the class times do not conflict.

Introduction to Engineering 3- Pat Smith. Taught by OC's Faculty in ABET-accredited Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineering. This course is designed to introduce students to electrical, computer and mechanical engineering studies through lecture, problem solving, and an applied lab experience. Students will study the various approaches to engineering using the lab as an illustration of how engineers develop and implement solutions in their fields. (You can take any other class except for the Debate class.)

Introduction to Scriptures of the Holocaust - Dr. Charles Rix. People of faith reacted in many ways to the Nazi attempt to destroy Jewish and other minority populations in their territories.  Some turned away from God, but many turned toward God during this horrible time.  Investigate some of the scriptures which came to be viewed in new ways and with new significance because of these sufferings. (The Intro to Forensics field experience conflicts with this class, please do not select Scriptures of the Holocaust and Forensic Science. You can take any other class with this one except for History of the Bible or In Cold Blood, Forensics.)

Introduction to Health Care Professions - Professor Courtney McCoy. Help students with a basic understanding of how the healthcare system works and identify a healthcare discipline of interest and understand its role as a future career. (You can take any other class with this class except the three other science classes: Forensics, Cell Bio, or Math/CS1.)

Introduction to Musical Understanding and Creativity Dr. John Fletcher. A primer of musical understanding and a launching point for each student's musical creativity for music readers and non-readers.  (You can take any other class with this one except for Tolkien, Spanish Immersion, or Evolution of Video Games.)


These for-credit courses are organized with inspiring co-curriculum so that experiential learning links with excellent, Christian faculty to provide an outstanding introduction to undergraduate excellence!

We reserve the right to modify/change course offerings due to enrollment or faculty needs.