2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Central Curriculum


The Central Curriculum

The Central Curriculum creates a common educational experience that provides a broad foundation for lifelong learning within a biblical worldview for all Louisiana Christian University students. Students who complete the Central Core Curriculum will acquire knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, demonstrate a foundation for intellectual and practical skills, and engage in personal and social responsibility.

After completing the Central Core Curriculum courses of study, students’ acquired knowledge of human cultures and of the physical and natural world will enable them to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Bible’s content and basic Christian doctrines that enable the student to explain a reasoned basis for a commitment to Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of world civilization, American heritage, American government, cultural diversity, human social behavior, language, literature, and science.
  • Recognize artistic elements (such as creativity, beauty, performance) and the cultural significance of the fine arts.

The foundation of intellectual and practical skills obtained during the Central Core Curriculum courses will enable students to:

  • Demonstrate competency in written, and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to utilize a variety of critical thinking approaches to problem solving.

The Central Core Curriculum courses’ focus on personal and social responsibility will require students to:

  • Acquire and apply biblical principles in making value judgments and personal decisions.
  • Enhance physical well-being.
  • Participate in service projects and service learning.
  • Respect members of diverse cultures.

The Central Core Curriculum student learning outcomes are assessed on an annual basis by faculty members from across the institution. This assessment helps to ensure an appropriate number of central core curriculum hours and seeks to demonstrate that the curriculum is accomplishing its stated objectives.

Central Curriculum in a Professional Discipline

Students completing a professional or pre-professional baccalaureate degree will have attained a level of achievement within an academic or professional discipline which will enable them either to begin a career in the discipline or to pursue graduate work in that field or an appropriately related discipline. Professional bachelor’s degrees and pre-professional degree tracks, such as, but not limited to the following, BSN, Applied Biology with Pre-Professional Tracks (Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Medical, Engineering, etc.) are permitted to have Central Curriculum requirements specifically adapted to the profession but which must be consistent with the Central Curriculum competencies for all students.

The following courses in the professional and pre-professional programs meet the student learning outcome in the Central Curriculum for knowledge content of the major concepts and principles of natural science:

BI 160 /BI 161  General Biology: Cell and Lab

BI 162 /BI 163  General Biology: Animal Diversity and Lab

BI 225 /BI 226  Microbiology and Lab

BI 231 /BI 232  Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

BI 233 /BI 234  Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab

CH 160 /CH 161  General Chemistry I and lab

CH 162 /CH 163  General Chemistry II and lab

PH 220 /PH 221  General Physics I and lab

PH 222 /PH 223  General Physics II and lab

Honors Central Curriculum Courses

The C.S. Lewis Honors Program offers a series of honors courses that align with the Central Curriculum courses and outcomes. If a student fails an honors course and is removed from the program, the student may not repeat the course. The grade stands on the transcript and the equivalent non-honors course(s) must be taken to fulfill the Central Curriculum requirement.


Central Curriculum

Total: 3 hrs


(Choose one of the following)

Total: 3 hrs

Natural Sciences Lecture and Lab

Must choose ES 103 for either the 3-hour Natural Sciences lecture requirement or with ES 104 lab to satisfy the 4-hour Natural Sciences lecture and lab requirement. If using ES 103 for the 3-hour Natural Sciences lecture requirement, choose one of the following related lecture and lab courses.

Total: 4 hrs

Natural Sciences Lecture

Must choose ES 103 for either the 3-hour Natural Sciences lecture requirement or with ES 104 lab to satisfy the 4-hour Natural Sciences lecture and lab requirement. If using ES 103 and ES 104 for the 4-hour lecture and lab requirement, choose one of the following courses.

Total: 3 hrs

Social Science

(Choose one of the following)

Total: 3 hrs

Foreign Language

(Choose one of the following)

Total: 3 hrs

Total: 52 hrs


The College Connection provides an ongoing process of orientation to facilitate the adjustment of incoming freshman. The program provides services to maximize student success in the total college experience and activities are designed to enhance the growth and development of students during their freshman year. Sessions held prior to registration focus on information concerning systems serving students in the academic realm, academic advising, and registration process.

All students who are full-time first-time students to Louisiana Christian University except non-traditional students (23 years of age or older) must register for CC 100  and CC 102 , College Connection, during their first and second semesters at Louisiana Christian University. The course is taught by faculty members. Each faculty member is assisted by an upperclassman student/Ambassador.This course familiarizes students with the university’s expectations, aids them in individual assessment, and helps them develop skills for university success.

Louisiana Christian University Connection

College Connection Course Description

CC 100 College Connection I

Part one of the First-Year Experience courses at Louisiana Christian University. Topics covered will help orient the incoming student to life at LCU, connect them to all aspects of campus life, promote academic success while at LCU, and support career goals afterward. Required in the first fall semester for all First Time in College (FTIC) students under the age of 23. A FTIC is defined as a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level since completing high school, regardless of whether an associate’s degree was earned at the time of high school graduation. Non-traditional students (23 years of age or older) and transfer students who have earned sophomore status and have successfully completed and are transferring at least 26 credit hours from an accredited college or university are exempt from enrolling in CC 100 and CC 102. For transfer students who have not earned sophomore status, a 1-credit college orientation course may be transferred from another college to satisfy this requirement and CC 102. A transfer student is defined as a student who attended another college or institution for one or more semesters after his or her high school graduation (not including the summer semester immediately following high school graduation) and before his or her enrollment at Louisiana Christian University. 0.5 hr

CC 102  College Connection II