For high school students
JBU partners with select Christian high schools to provide courses for college credit. Students can earn up to 24 total college credit hours during their junior and senior years of high school.
Earn college credit in high school.
Information for school administrators
Make JBU's Christ-centered and rigorous education available to your students.
As a concurrent program partner, you will receive curriculum and assessment criteria for each course you offer, and JBU professors will work directly with your teachers to ensure successful course delivery.
There is no cost to you to offer JBU courses to your students, and your teachers will receive a modest stipend for delivering JBU coursework.
Students can earn up to 24 total college credit hours during their junior and senior years of high school.
For questions about the concurrent program, please connect with the director of academic partnerships.
Potential course offerings
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Biblical studies and philosophy
- English I: Composition*
- English II: Literary Analysis & Research*
- Intermediate Spanish I
- Intermediate Spanish II
Partner high schools
- Alliance Christian Academy (Fort Worth, TX)
- Atlantic Shores Christian School (Chesapeake, VA)
- Baptist Preparatory School (Little Rock, AR)
- Bethesda Christian School (Fort Worth, TX)
- Cornerstone Christian Academy (McKinney, TX)
- Harvest Christian Academy (Keller, TX)
- Legacy Christian Academy (Frisco, TX)
- Life Way Christian School (Centerton, AR)
Introductory Psychology — PSY 1013 (Three hours)*
The scientific study of human behavior and mental processes including the brain and behavior, consciousness, learning and memory, development, sociocultural processes, emotions, stress and health responses, psychopathology, and treatment methods in psychological science. Students are introduced to theory, research, and practice as the foundations of modern psychology. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.
Introduction to Sociology — SST 1113 (Three hours)*
Understanding sociological research and how to apply it to aid in developing a global perspective of today's world. Topics of emphasis include the individual and society, structures of power, and social institutions common to all cultures and societies. The sociology of the body-health and illness, sexuality, and aging-is also discussed. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.
Old Testament Survey — BBL 1013 (Three hours)*
A brief introduction to the history and message of the Old Testament. A general survey of the overall content of each book and certain significant themes stressing relevance to Christian living.
New Testament Survey — BBL 1023 (Three hours)*
An introduction to the history and message of the New Testament. The class provides an academic overview of each book, its context and significant themes, with challenges and applications to Christian faith and discipleship.
Introduction to Philosophy - RPH 2103 (Three hours)*
A survey of the main areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and philosophy of religion. Students should develop their critical reading skills, their ability to analyze difficult but rewarding philosophical texts, and their ability to advance a single, clear argument on philosophical issues. Additionally, students should become more comfortable speaking about philosophical problems and concerns, and they should know more about the relationship between the Christian faith and contemporary philosophy. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.
English I: Composition — EGL 1013 (Three hours)*
An introduction to and practice in college writing in all its variety: from personal reflections to arguments and research-supported writing. A total of twenty pages of writing is required, including a short research paper.
English II: Literary Analysis & Research — EGL 1023 (Three hours)*
An introduction to the analysis of literary texts through reading and researching a selection of short stories, poems, dramas, and novels. In addition to essays of analysis of such works, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1013 (English I: Composition).
Intermediate Spanish I & Intermediate Spanish II — LS 2113, 2123 (Three hours each)
Advancing study of the language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Spanish 2113 and 2123 continue development of the four basic language skills along with control of vocabulary and language structures which enable the student to perform these skills accurately and effectively. While beginning classes place more emphasis on receptive skills (understanding what you hear and read), intermediate Spanish places increased emphasis on the productive skills of written and spoken expression. On-going emphasis on the cultural context of language will also expand the students' knowledge of Hispanic culture. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.
College Algebra — MTH 1113 (Three hours)*
Topics include solving equations and systems of equations, functions and graphing, inequalities, logarithms, exponentials, sequences, and series. An emphasis is placed on applied problems in physical, life, and social sciences. Meets the Mathematics requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: minimum ACT math score of 19, or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153 (Intermediate Algebra).
Introduction to Statistics — MTH 1003 (Three hours)*
A course to give students an understanding of the concepts of statistics and tools to become critical readers of current issues involving quantitative data. Applications of the use of data from a wide variety of professions, public policy, and everyday life are made. The course focuses on methods of producing data, organizing data, and drawing conclusions from data. Topics include descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, correlation, regression, inference, and significance. Selected topics in research design and the consumer price index are also taught. Meets the Mathematics requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: minimum ACT math score of 19, or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153 (Intermediate Algebra).
Survey of Calculus — MTH 1123 (Three hours)
An introduction to the concepts of differentiation and integration. An emphasis is placed on applied problems in physical, life, and social sciences. A student may not earn credit in both MTH 1123 and 1134. Meets the Mathematics requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: minimum ACT math score of 24, or SAT math score of at least 580, or MTH 1113 (College Algebra).
Cell Biology — BIO 1124 (Four hours)
This course is an introduction to the study of living systems, beginning with the molecules of life and progressing to the cellular level of organization. Students are exposed to numerous topics including the nature of science, experimental design and inquiry, biochemistry, cell structure, energy processing, genetics, molecular biology, and the integration of the Christian faith and science. Laboratory exercises reinforce concepts and biological processes discussed in the lecture. This course is particularly designed for students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Nursing, or Kinesiology. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets the Life Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.
Fundamentals of Chemistry — CHM 1014 (Four hours)
An introduction to the field of chemistry. Designed to provide students with an understanding of basic chemical principles and their application to relevant problems, course work is suitable for students in Construction Management, Nursing, and the liberal arts. Three hours lecture-discussion and one two-hour laboratory per week. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite or corequisite: minimum ACT math score of 24, or SAT math score of at least 580, or MTH 1113 (College Algebra).
Physical Science — GSC 1023 (Three hours)*
Selected and coherent topics in the sciences of physics, chemistry, and earth science. An evaluation of the scientific method and the contributions of the theories and facts of science to society are emphasized so that students have sufficient information to evaluate arguments using scientific justification. Three hours lecture-discussion-demonstration per week. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: minimum ACT math score of 19, or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153 (Intermediate Algebra).
American Government & Politics — POL 1013 (Three hours)*
A study of the origins, purposes, and evolution of the American system of government and politics. Topics include the U.S. Constitution, federalism, voting behavior, political parties and elections, and the separation of powers. Students are asked to wrestle with what it means for Christians to engage government and politics.
US History since 1865 — HST 2123 (Three hours)
A survey of American political, social, and economic history from the reconstruction era to the present.
Public Speaking — COM 2523 (Three hours)*
Students gain theoretical and applied knowledge of public speaking techniques. Speeches may include extemporaneous, impromptu, informative, persuasive, or rhetorical analysis.
Wellness for Life — KIN 1002 (Three hours)*
A practical study of fundamental health and wellness principles based upon the wellness model. Personal applications to the lifestyle of the individual that address Christian stewardship of their health and well-being are emphasized. Meets the Wellness requirement of the Core Curriculum.