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Counseling B.S.C. (on campus)

Counseling B.S.C. (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.

Be mentored by caring professors
Find your fit in our community
Get involved and make a difference


Career Potential

Counseling Degree

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
Counseling Degree

“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.”

Laura Abbott

Counseling Major | Ostego, MI


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.

Counseling Degree
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.


What You Will Study

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 three 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.

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 six 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.

Meet our Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who care deeply about you and your goals.


CSU is Affordable

We believe every student should have the opportunity to choose a biblical higher education—regardless of their financial circumstance. That’s why we’re committed to keeping costs for students as low as possible.


Average Cost

Before federal and state grants

*Anticipated typical cost for first-time, full-time, residential undergraduate CSU students for 2024-25. This cost includes tuition, housing, meals, general fee and CSU scholarships. Your total cost can be even lower if you qualify for more aid, including federal and state grants which do not have to be paid back.

Information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.


You want to
choose a college:

  • Where you can get prepared for your future.
  • Where you will grow in your relationship with Christ.
  • Where you truly find your fit.

Students constantly say the top reason they love CSU so much is: Community. When you’re part of the CSU community, you attend class with professors who are mentors; you do life right alongside others who want to serve their Savior, and you are welcomed into lifelong friendships that last well beyond graduation.


Take the Next Step

See how you fit in here at CSU, where you'll learn through a biblical worldview, become part of an encouraging community and prepare to serve Christ through your life and career.




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