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Bachelor of Science in Counseling – On Campus

Use Truth to Change Lives

Today’s world desperately needs biblically grounded counselors. You will be equipped to counsel in a professional setting by using the Word of God as the focus, filter and foundation of all your studies. Learn how to communicate clearly to enable real change in people’s lives. 

Credit Hours

Career Potential 

You will be prepared to pursue further education or step directly into a variety of counseling roles, such as:

  • Therapeutic Staff Support Worker
  • School Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Director
  • Social Worker
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Substance Abuse or Behavioral Disorder Specialist


What Will You Learn?

In all of the programs at CSU, you’ll be interacting with small class sizes and professors who really care and desire to mentor you. You’ll not only receive quality academics to prepare you for your career, but discipleship to prepare you for life.

Treat mental, emotional and physical disorders

You will learn how to treat various disorders from experienced professors who are nationally certified counselors. Gain extra observation and practice at the on-campus counseling center in an encouraged internship!

Discern between secular philosophy and biblical truth

You will approach your study of psychology from a biblical perspective, so you can truly help people heal from a basis of truth. You will be equipped to lead counseling organizations with biblical and ethical standards.

Practice valuable listening and interpersonal skills

You will learn to discuss difficult and sensitive subjects in a composed manner while you provide age-appropriate counsel and support in multiple settings. Gain practical tools and techniques for both professional and peer counseling.

Your Courses

Each of your courses will be taught from a biblical worldview, and you’ll learn with an intimate group of peers led by professors who care about your success.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
Course Descriptions can be found in the catalog.

First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
  • First Year Experience [CSU101] – 0 credits
  • Principles of Bible Study [BI100]
  • Bible Survey [BI111]
  • Academic and Researched Writing [EN121]
  • Speech Communication [SP100]
  • History Core Elective
  • Writing Across the Disciplines [EN122]
  • Living Well [HP101] – 1 credit
  • General Psychology [PS100]
  • Building a Biblical Lifestyle [TH120]
  • Biblical Studies Elective
  • Humanities Elective

This is an example of what your course schedule may look like; your actual schedule will be determined when you register.

Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
  • Romans [BI210]
  • World Religions [EV220]
  • Introduction to Counseling [PS203]
  • Humanities Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Worldviews: Humanities and Science [PH206]
  • Child and Adolescent Development [PS204]
  • Theology Survey [TH211]
  • Arts & Sciences Elective
  • Biblical Studies Elective

This is an example of what your course schedule may look like; your actual schedule will be determined when you register.

Third Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
  • Abnormal Psychology [PS303]
  • Adult Development [PS307]
  • Tests and Measurements [PS454]
  • Two Biblical Studies Electives
  • Pastoral Counseling [PA442] (men) or 
    Women Counseling Women [PS304] (women)
  • Dynamics of Discipleship [PS301]
  • Historical and Contemporary Theories in Counseling [PS402]
  • Physiological Psychology [SC231] – 4 credits
  • Theological Distinctives [TH308]

This is an example of what your course schedule may look like; your actual schedule will be determined when you register.

Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
  • Ethics and Professionalism [PS313]
  • Personality Theory [PS451]
  • Social Psychology [PS453]
  • Biblical Studies Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Marriage and Family Dynamics [PS414]
  • Crisis Counseling [PS416]
  • Senior Portfolio [PS480] – 1 credit
  • Senior Seminar [TH480]
  • Biblical Studies Elective 
  • Free Elective

This is an example of what your course schedule may look like; your actual schedule will be determined when you register.

Your In-Field Experience, Right on Campus

CSU partners with Foundations Christian Counseling Center to host one of their counseling center locations right on CSU’s campus. This provides Counseling students with easy access to observation of professional, biblically-based live counseling sessions.

Undergraduate Counseling Students:

All counseling-related majors have the opportunity to observe live counseling sessions at the on-campus counseling center. Undergraduate students can observe and then debrief with a supervisor and counselor to gain insight and fulfill observation requirements.

Graduate Counseling Students:

Graduate students can put what they’re learning in the classroom into practice through co-counseling at CSU’s on-campus counseling center. Foundations Counseling Center also welcomes graduate students to fulfill their field experience requirements as counselors.

Start a compassion-filled career

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Counseling major
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I love the intentionality of building a biblical foundation in counseling and showing Christ’s love in any context. I appreciate my professors’ willingness to be open and understanding, and also their evident passion for the topics they teach on.


Program Highlights 

  • Be prepared to enter a master’s degree program in Counseling to open more doors for your career.
  • Consider an Accelerated Counseling degree, allowing you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Counseling in just five years!
  • Build relationships and expand your listening skills to apply in a variety of counseling situations.

Get real-life experience (right on campus).

Learn as you observe real counseling scenarios with guidance from counseling professionals in the Foundations Christian Counseling Center, located right on CSU’s campus.




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