Associate in Biblical Studies (ABS)

The Biblical Studies program offers degrees at both the Associate and Bachelor level. The Biblical Studies degrees offer a biblical foundation for ministry or religious education. Coursework includes biblical hermeneutics and exegesis, biblical languages, theology, ministry, counseling, world religions, ethics, and more.

The Associate in Biblical Studies is intended for the student who desires a college degree, but does not want or is unable to commit to a four-year program. The ABS degree provides a basic foundation of bible and theology knowledge in addition to a well-rounded general education. Graduates of the program possess effective critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for productive service in the community, the workplace and in the church. Later, if the student wishes, he or she may transfer the credits earned into the biblical bachelor’s degree at Horizon University – or another institution.

Program Objectives

Students pursuing an Associate in Biblical Studies degree will:

  • Increase biblical knowledge, including Old and New Testament, theology, and hermeneutics.
  • Develop and apply attitudes, values and beliefs which are consistent with transformed Christian character.
  • Integrate a broad knowledge base with practical experience that prepares the student for Christian leadership.
  • Develop a missional Christian worldview prepared to engage minds in increasingly globalized organizations and communities in order to win, disciple and send others for Christ.


The Associate in Biblical Studies includes 60 credits and has these requirements: Bible with Theology and Ministry (45 credits) from the major course sequence below, and General Education (15 credits).  During the final term, the student also completes a Student Ministry Practicum.

Course Sequence

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the degree. It is designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as possible:


Year 1    




English Composition


Introduction to Writing & Research

    Winter GE120 Introduction to Ethics Bible, Theology or Ministry Elective
    Spring GenEd – Science or Math (choose 1)
 GenEd – Social and Behavioral Science (choose 1)
Year 2
    Winter GenEd – Additional Course (choose 1)
    Spring Bible, Theology or Ministry Elective

Refer to the Catalog for a description of each course offered within our curriculum as well as detailed academic policies and procedures required for degree completion.

Year 1    
    Fall BL100 Biblical Living:  Engaging Faith and Life
BL190 Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics
TH210 Introduction to Christian Theology
    Winter BL150 Old Testament Survey
BL110 Book of Acts
    Spring BL110 New Testament Survey
TH260 World Religions
TH222 Church History II (or TH221 in Year 2 Fall)
Year 2
    Fall BL314 Ephesians
BL348 Romans: New Life in the Spirit
BL318 Gospel of John (or BL131 in Winter)
TH221 Church History I (or TH222 in Year 1 Spring)
    Winter BL353 Genesis: Creation & Covenants
BL395 Revelation
BL131 Life of Christ (or BL318 in Fall)
    Spring TH160 Introduction to Apologetics
Refer to the Catalog for a description of each course offered within our curriculum as well as detailed academic policies and procedures required for degree completion.
MN101 Ministry Service Freshman year 12 hours  
MN202 Student Ministry Practicum – Associate Final Term