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OVU Associate of Arts Degrees

Associate of Arts

The associate of arts degree is suitable for students seeking to transfer to a bachelor’s program at another college or university by preparing students with a broad background in general education courses. The program has an option of many free electives that will allow students to prepare for courses based on the major they intend to pursue in a bachelor’s program. To achieve this associate of arts degree, a student must fulfill the following course requirements as well as the requirements listed under “General Institutional Requirements for an Associate Degree.” Students completing an associate of arts degree also must fulfill the Bible course requirement described below.

Career Development (1 credit hour)
Required course:

  • UNI 101    Freshman FOCUS (1 credit hour)
    UNI 101 must be taken during a student’s first semester of full-time enrollment; it is waived for students who have completed one semester as a full-time college student with a GPA of 2.0 before entering OVU.

Communications (9 credit hours)
Required courses:

  • ENG 131    College Writing I (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 132    College Writing II (3 credit hours)
  • COM 131    Basic Speech Communication (3 credit hours)

Fine Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
Students must complete at least one literature course, for 3 credit hours; courses should be selected from the following list:

  • ART 121    Art Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • HUM 121    Introduction to Fine Arts (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 235    Western Literature through the Renaissance (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 236    Western Literature since the Enlightenment (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 121    Music Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • COM 121    Theatre Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • COM 123    Introduction to Film (3 credit hours)

Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
Students must complete at least one history course, for 3 credit hours, and no more than 6 credits with the same prefix; courses should be selected from the following list:

  • ECO 236    Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 237    Principles of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 131    Western Civilization I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 132    Western Civilization II (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 133    United States History I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 134    United States History II (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 135    American Government (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 232    Introduction to Geography (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 231    Global Politics  (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 101    General Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 233    Human Growth and Development  (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 101    Principles of Sociology  (3 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Select one course from this list:

  • MAT 146    Quantitative Reasoning and Real World Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 147    Intermediate Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 151    College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 152    Trigonometry (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 153    PreCalculus (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 229    Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 241    Calculus and Analytics I (4 credit hours)
  • MAT 242    Calculus and Analytics II (4 credit hours)
  • MAT 255    Discrete Math (3 credit hours)

Natural Sciences (4 credit hours)
Select one course from this list:

  • NSC 131    Foundations of Biology (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 135    Introduction to General Chemistry (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 141    General Biology I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 142    General Biology II (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 145    General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 146    General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 148    General Physical Science (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 210    Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 211    Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 231    Introduction to Astronomy (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 232    Physical Geology (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 244    Physics I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 245    Physics II (4 credit hours)

Bible
Generally, two credit hours of Bible are required for each fulltime semester of enrollment at Ohio Valley University or the equivalent credit hours of part-time work; see the catalog section entitled Bible Course Requirement (Program Requirements) for details.

Diversity Requirement (0-6 credit hours)
Students must complete either (1) 6 credit hours of a single foreign language or (2) one course that fulfills the diversity requirement; see the catalog section entitled Diversity Requirement (Program Requirements) for details.

Electives (19-25 credit hours)
In conjunction with their advisor, the student will select electives appropriate to their educational or career goals. Students seeking to transfer to a public institution in West Virginia or Ohio should take an additional natural science course from the list above to fulfill general education requirements at those institutions.

Associate of Arts in Bible & Ministry

The associate of arts in Bible & Ministry prepares students for a career in ministry and church work by providing a foundation of courses in biblical studies. The degree also requires broad training in the liberal arts and sciences to produce a well-rounded servant in God’s kingdom. The degree is also suitable for students who may later wish to continue with a bachelor’s degree in Bible & Ministry at OVU. To achieve this associate of arts degree, a student must fulfill the following course requirements as well as the requirements listed under “General Institutional Requirements for an Associate Degree.” Students completing an associate of arts degree also must fulfill the Bible course requirement described below.

Career Development (1 credit hour)
Required course:

  • UNI 101    Freshman FOCUS (1 credit hour) - UNI 101 must be taken during a student’s first semester of full-time enrollment; it is waived for students who have completed one semester as a full-time college student with a GPA of 2.0 before entering OVU.

Communications (9 credit hours)
Required courses:

  • ENG 131    College Writing I (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 132    College Writing II (3 credit hours)
  • COM 131    Basic Speech Communication (3 credit hours)

Fine Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
Students must complete at least one literature course, for 3 credit hours; courses should be selected from the following list:

  • ART 121    Art Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • HUM 121    Introduction to Fine Arts (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 235    Western Literature through the Renaissance (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 236    Western Literature since the Enlightenment (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 121    Music Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • COM 121    Theatre Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • COM 123    Introduction to Film (3 credit hours)

Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
Students must complete at least one history course, for 3 credit hours, and no more than 6 credits with the same prefix; courses should be selected from the following list:

  • ECO 236    Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • ECO 237    Principles of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 131    Western Civilization I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 132    Western Civilization II (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 133    United States History I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 134    United States History II (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 135    American Government (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 231    Global Politics  (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 232    Introduction to Geography (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 101    General Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 233    Human Growth and Development  (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 101    Principles of Sociology  (3 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Select one course from this list:

  • MAT 146    Quantitative Reasoning and Real World Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 147    Intermediate Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 151    College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 152    Trigonometry (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 153    PreCalculus (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 229    Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • MAT 241    Calculus and Analytics I (4 credit hours)
  • MAT 242    Calculus and Analytics II (4 credit hours)
  • MAT 255    Discrete Math (3 credit hours)

Natural Sciences (4 credit hours)
Select one course from this list:

  • NSC 131    Foundations of Biology (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 135    Introduction to General Chemistry (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 141    General Biology I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 142    General Biology II (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 145    General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 146    General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 148    General Physical Science (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 210    Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 211    Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 231    Introduction to Astronomy (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 232    Physical Geology (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 244    Physics I (4 credit hours)
  • NSC 245    Physics II (4 credit hours)

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, or Information Technology Elective (2 credit hours)
Students must select a course with a CIT, MAT, or NSC prefix that is worth at least 2 credit hours

Bible & Ministry Emphasis Area (25 credit hours)
Students should fulfill the university’s Bible requirement see the catalog section entitled Bible Course Requirement (Program Requirements) for details. In addition, the following requirements should be met:

  • 8 credit hours of required core courses
    • BIB 106    Life of Christ (2 credit hours
    • BIB 107    Acts through Revelation (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 205    Old Testament Survey (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 206    Christian Thought (2 credit hours)
  • 9 credit hours of Biblical text and Biblical languages courses, selected from the following:
    • BIB 160    Intro to Biblical Languages (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 304    Pastoral Epistles (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 305    Galatians & Romans (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 306    Acts (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 307    Hebrews (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 308    I Corinthians (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 309    Selected Pauline Epistles (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 310    Synoptic Gospels (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 311    General Epistles (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 312    Gospel of John (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 313    Pentateuch (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 315    Joshua-Esther (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 401    Old Testament Wisdom Literature (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 402    Luke-Acts (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 403    Major Prophets (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 405    Minor Prophets (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 406    Acts (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 407    Daniel & Revelation (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 408     I & II Corinthians (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 412    Gospel of John (3 credit hours)    
    • BGK 201    Introduction to Greek I (4 credit hours)
  • 3 credit hours of doctrinal and historical studies courses, selected from the following:
    • BIB 346    Doctrinal Issues (3 credit hours)
    • BIB 347    Scripture Interpretation (3 credit hours)
    • HIS 461    Renaissance & Reformation, 1400-1648 (3 credit hours)
    • REL 341    History of the Christian Church (3 credit hours)
    • REL 342    Restoration Church History (3 credit hours)
    • REL 371    Christian Ethics (3 credit hours)
    • REL 441    Major World Religions (3 credit hours)
  • 3 credit hours of practical ministry courses, selected from the following:
    • BIB225    Intro to Practical Ministry (3 credit hours)
    • BIB320    Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours)
    • BIB321    Educational Program of the Church (3 credit hours)
    • BIB322    Intro to Missions (3 credit hours)
    • BIB323    Sermon Preparation & Delivery (3 credit hours)
    • BIB327    Religious Speaking for Women (3 credit hours)
    • BIB354    Children’s Ministry (3 credit hours)
  • 2 credit hours of a biblical elective, selected from any course with a BIB, BGK, HEB, or REL prefix.


Electives (6 credit hours)
In conjunction with their advisor, the student will select electives appropriate to their educational or career goals.