Degree Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to track their graduation progress and enroll in classes needed for their degree. Students are encouraged to check with the CCGS Bible College Office to be sure they are on track. For the Degree and Certificate of Completion programs, a minimum of 64 credits must be completed with a passing grade (C- or above). Graduation Worksheets are available in the CCGS Bible College Office. All financial obligations must be settled at the beginning of the semester in which the student intends to graduate and there is a small graduation fee.

Here are the Course Requirements for our 64-credit program:

Core Requirements: A minimum of 42 credits must be completed by the following required courses:

Old Testament and New Testament Survey Courses: A minimum 12 credits must be completed with the Old Testament and New Testament Survey courses. These four 3 credit classes consist of a verse-by-verse study through the entire Bible taught by Pastor Chuck Smith.

Practical Christian Ministry: A minimum of 4 credits must be completed through these 4 classes. Each course is worth 1 credit. In each class, students are required to serve at their local fellowship for a minimum number of hours each week. Students must enroll in these courses during 4 different semesters prior to graduation.

Required Bible Courses: A minimum of 15 credits must be completed with required Bible classes. These include Genesis or Pentateuch (3 credits), a Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) or Life of Christ (3 credits), Acts (3 credits), Romans (3 credits), and Revelation (3 credits).

Theology Courses: A minimum of 7 credits must be completed with required Theology classes. These include Basic Biblical Doctrines I (2 credits), Basic Biblical Doctrines II (2 credits), and Inductive Bible Study (3 credits).

Foundations Course: A minimum of 2 credits must be completed with a required Foundations Course. This could be an Apologetics (2 credits), a Cults-Comparative Religions (3 credits), or Ethics (2 credits) class.

Ministry Courses: A minimum of 2 credits must be completed with a required Ministry course. This could be a Missions (2 credits), Counseling (2 credits), Pastoral Ministry (2 credits), Youth Ministry (2 credits), Children’s Ministry (2 credits), Preaching (2 credits), Worship (2 credits), or Evangelism (2 credits) class.

Elective Courses: A minimum of 22 credits must be completed by taking Elective Courses:

Bible Electives: A minimum of 10 credits must be completed with Bible electives. Any class that is taught verse-by-verse through a specific book of the Bible will count toward this requirement. This does not, however, include the Old Testament and New Testament Survey courses, which are a separate requirement. We highly recommend that students take Hebrews (3 credits) as one of their electives.

Other Electives: The remaining 12 credits required for graduation may be completed by any of the other courses offered at CCGS Bible College. We highly recommend that students take Church History (2 credits) as one of their electives. If the requirement for Bible Electives has been fulfilled, Bible classes can also be used for Other Electives as well.

In addition to the 64 credits, it is recommended that each student participate in a short-term missions trip or evangelistic outreach prior to graduation.

It is the responsibility of the student to track his or her progress toward a degree through the use of the graduation worksheet available from the CCGS Bible College.