Multnomah University

Biblical Foundations

What you'll do

Get ready to immerse yourself in theology and Scripture as you learn to integrate God’s truth with contemporary life and thought.

Who you are

Our typical student works in a church or parachurch organization and wants a thorough biblical education that will either benefit their current job or prepare them for a new ministry position.

Where you'll go

A Biblical Foundations degree is a solid investment. The majority of our graduates go on to seminary and become youth ministers, pastors, chaplains and leaders in the Church.


Semester One

Bib 111D Old Testament Pentateuch - 3 credits   Explores the five books of Moses with emphasis on Genesis, Exodus, the institutions of Israel and the history of the nation in its formative period. Special emphasis on understanding the geography of the Near East.

Bib 113D Inductive Bible Study - 3 credits  This course includes both basic hermeneutics and Bible study methods. It is a study of the formation of the Bible and a survey of the principles and practice (methods) of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on grammatical-historical interpretation of the Bible.

Bib 115D New Testament Gospels - 3 credits  An inductive study of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament with cross-references to other Scriptures to explain the early life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Phil 211D Introduction to Philosophy and Christian Thought - 3 credits  An introduction to Western thought focusing on the role and function of philosophy as it relates to worldviews and understanding the fundamental uses of critical thinking as a means for evaluating various worldviews.

Semester Two

Bib 212D Old Testament Historical Books - 3 credits   This course will acquaint with the history of Israel as recorded in the twelve historical books of the Old Testament (Joshua through Esther).  Attention is given to God's redemptive plan as it is expressed in His covenants with Israel.

Th 122D Introduction and Doctrine of the Bible and God - 3 credits  An introduction to the nature and arrangement of theology (Prolegomena); the nature, preservation and relevancy of the Bible (Bibliology); and the Person, nature, decree and works of God (Theology).

Bib 322D Old Testament Poetic and Wisdom Literature - 3 credits  A study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon that emphasizes the genius of Hebrew poetry and the doctrinal depth, spiritual value and ethical implications of these books.

Th 214D Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Angels - 3 credits  A study of the attributes and work of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology); and the origin, nature, and activities of angels, Satan, and demons (Angelogy).

Semester Three

Bib 325D New Testament Acts and Pauline Letters - 3 credits  Explores the history of the beginnings of the Christian church as described in the book of Acts, and the letters written by the Apostle Paul with special emphasis given to the student’s use of correct hermeneutical principles and procedures. Personal application of Scripture will be stressed.

His 315D History of Christianity - 3 credits  A study of the history of Christendom from apostolic to modern times with special attention to periods of growth and decline, doctrines and heresies, effect on society, and the development of denominations.

Th 215D Doctrines of Christ, Salvation, Humanity and Sin - 3 credits  This course examines the humanity, deity, hypostatic union, and incarnation of Christ (Christology); the participants, basis, and experience of salvation (Soteriology); the origin, nature, and afterlife of humans (Anthropology); and the nature, origin, and results of sin (Hamartiology).

Bib 327D Old Testament Prophetic Books - 3 credits  A study of the prophetic books (Isaiah through Malachi) including a chronology of the prophets with special attention given to the religious, social, and political message of the prophets.

Semester Four

Phl 312D Principles of Ethics - 3 credits  A study of theoretical and practical problems of moral conduct and proposed solutions with an emphasis upon the nature of ethics, values, rights, obligations and opportunities.

Bib 412D New Testament Hebrews to Revelation - 3 credits  This course examines the New Testament books of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, Jude and Revelation with special emphasis given to correct hermeneutical principles and procedures.

Th 332D Doctrine of the Church and Future Things - 3 credits  A study of the distinct origin, nature and destiny of the church, and an analysis of the scriptural teaching concerning prophecy and things to come (i.e., death and the intermediate state, second coming of Christ, the millennium, the rapture, the tribulation, heaven and hell and the eternal state).

Th 420D Capstone Seminar on Doctrine - 3 credits  A study of major Bible doctrines with an emphasis on the student’s formulation and defense of his/her own biblical convictions; recent historical and contemporary trends in theology.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Foundations, students must:

  • Complete 124 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Complete the 48 semester hours in the Degree Completion Program with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Complete the 41 semester hours of Electives required by the College.
  • Complete the 50 semester hours in the General Education Core of the College including:
    • Communication (8 hours):
      English Composition (6) and Public Speaking (2)
    • Humanities (14 hours):
      Fine Arts (2), *Philosophy (3), and *Ethics (3)
      Literature (3), Other Humanities (3)
    • Social Science (18  hours):
      *History of Christianity (3 hours)
      Natural (lab) Science and Math (9 hours)
      Non-history social science (3 hours), and Other Social Science (3 hours)
    • General Education Elective (4 hours)
    • Choose from Humanities or Social Science
    • Religious Studies (6 hours):
      *Pentateuch (3) and *Gospels (3)
    • *Courses in the Degree Completion Program may meet part of this requirement.
  • Complete the required number of student ministry credits for the program
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to Multnomah University.
  • Satisfy the Christian Service requirements as described in the Student Handbook.

The semester hours required for graduation with a Bachelor of Arts are:

General Education Requirements 35 hours
Adult Degree Completion Program 48 hours
Gen. Educ. Req. in DCP 15 hours
Major core in DCP 33 hours
Electives 41 hours
Total Hours to Graduate 124 hours