Me'ohr Bais Yaakov Programs

Me'ohr Bais Yaakov Programs

Credits Available

  • ART 102: Oil Painting (3 credits, lower division level) July 2010 through December 2020
  • BUS 101: Financial Accounting (3 credits, lower division level) September 2013 through May 2019
  • BUS 102 (formerly BUS301): Principles of Marketing (3 credits, lower division level) May 2013 through May 2018
  • BUS 202 (formerly BUS302): Principles of Finance (3 credits, lower division level) May 2013 through May 2018
  • BUS 203 (formerly BUS305): Management and Organizational Behavior in Business (3 credits, lower division level) May 2013 through May 2018
  • BUS 303: Internet Marketing (3 credits, upper division level) May 2013 through May 2018
  • BUS 304: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 credits, upper division level) May 2013 through July 2018
  • COM 101: Principles of Public Speaking (3 credits, lower division level) January 2012 through July 2020
  • EDU 202 (formerly EDUC301): Teaching Young Children: Enhancing Cognitive and Social Development in Pre-School and Primary Grades (3 credits, lower division level) November 2010 through August 2020
  • EDU 203 (formerly EDU302): Learning Disabilities: Instructional Methods and Strategies (3 credits, lower division level) February 2011 through August 2020
  • EDU 204 (formerly EDU101): Fundamentals of Methodology (3 credits, lower division level) October 2011 through August 2020
  • EDU 205: Effective Classroom Management (formerly EDUC201; 3 credits, lower division level) November 2010 through August 2020
  • EDU 303: Current Issues in Orthodox Jewish Education (3 credits, lower division level) September 2009 through July 2015
  • MAT 101 College Algebra (3 credits, lower division level) January 2015 through July 2020
  • MAT 201: Principles of Statistics (3 credits, lower division level) September 2009 through July 2020
  • PHI 201: Ethics of the Fathers (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 202: Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Intrapersonal Development (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 204: Studies in the Writing of Luzatto: Derech Hashem (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 205: Studies in Liturgy: Morning Prayers (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 206: Studies in the Writing of Luzatto: Mesilat Yesharim (3 credits, lower division level)
  • PHI 301: Studies in Liturgy: Themes in Prayers of the Sabbath and Festivals (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 302: Studies in the Writing of Rabbi Y. Halevi: Kuzari (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 303: Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Taamei haMitzvoth (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • PHI 304: Contemporary Ethical and Halachic Issues (5 credits, upper division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • PHI 305 (formerly REL309): Advanced Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Themes in Jewish Thought (5 credits, upper division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • PHI 306: Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Women of Valor (3 credits, upper division level) January 2016 through December 2020
  • PHI 307 Advanced Studies in the Writing of Rav Hirsch: Chorev (3 credits, upper division level) September 2014 through December 2020
  • PHI 308 Advanced Topics in Jewish philosophy: 6 Constant Mitzvoth (3 credits, upper division level) September 2014 through December 2020
  • PHI 309 Studies in the Writings of Rav Dessler (3 credits, upper division level) January 2016 through December 2020
  • PSY 202: Survey of Exceptional Children (3 credits, lower division level) July 2015 through July 2020
  • PSY 203 (formerly PSY303): Theories of Personality (3 credits, lower division level) February 2011 through July 2020
  • PSY 204: Child Development (3 credits, lower division level) October 2014 through July 2020
  • PSY 302: Abnormal Psychology (3 credits, upper division level) September 2009 through July 2020
  • REL 201: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: The Weekly Torah Portion (4 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 202: Studies in Bible: Deuteronomy (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 203: Studies in Prophets: Haftarot (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 204: Studies in the Early Prophets Kings I (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 205: Studies in Biblical Writings: Proverbs (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 206 Studies in Biblical Writings: Song of Songs (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 207: Women in the Bible (3 credits lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 208: Studies in Hagiographia: Psalms (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 209 (formerly REL306): Topics in Jewish Law: Laws of Sabbath and the Holidays (3 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through  December 2020
  • REL 212: Topics in Jewish Law: Ritual Washing and Blessings over Food (3 credits, lower division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 213: Topics in Jewish Law: Holidays (3 credits, lower division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 214 (formerly REL313): Selected Topics in Jewish Law I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 215 (formerly REL314):Selected Topics in Jewish Law II (3 credits, lower division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 301: Advanced Studies in Classical Biblical Commentaries (4 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 302: Advanced Studies in Bible: Topics in Genesis (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 303/306: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: Mitzvot in Parashat Kdoshim (6 credits, upper division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 304 Studies in Biblical Writings: Topics in Ecclesiastics, Esther, Lamentations, and Ruth (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 305: Topics in Jewish Law: Dietary Laws (3 credits, upper division level) July 2010 through December 2020
  • REL 307: Topics in Jewish Law: Laws of Sabbath I (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 308: Topics in Jewish Law: Interpersonal Relationships (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • REL 309 (formerly REL210): Topics in Jewish Law: Family Purity (4 credits, upper division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 310: Studies in Biblical Writings: Themes in the Book of Esther (3 credits, upper division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 311 (formerly REL211): Studies in Hagiographia: Psalms II (3 credits, upper division level) August 2009 through August 2019
  • REL 312 Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: Topics in Numbers (3 credits, upper division level) January 2014 through December 2020
  • REL 401: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: Topics in Deuteronomy (3 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through December 2020
  • SCI 101: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry with Lab (4 credits, lower division level) September 2013 through May 2019
  • SCI 102: Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry with Lab (4 credits, lower level) September 2013 through May 2019
  • SCI 201: Introduction to Biology with Lab (4 credits, lower division level) April 2011 through July 2020
  • SCI 202: Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (4 credits, lower division level) April 2011 through July 2020
  • SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4 credits, lower division level) April 2011 through July 2020
  • SCI 204 (formerly SCI301): Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4 credits, lower division level) April 2011 through July 2020
  • SCI 205 (formerly SCI302): Introduction to Microbiology (3 credits, lower division level) May 2013 through May 2018
  • SOC 201/PSY201: Group Dynamics (3 credits, lower division level) February 2011 through July 2020
Proficiency Exams
  • Elementary Modern Hebrew I and II (6 credits, lower division level)
  • Genesis Proficiency Exam (REL 216); (6 credits, lower division level)
  • Joshua Proficiency Exam (REL 217); (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Judges Proficiency Exam (REL 218); (3 credits, lower division level)

Source of Records

Office of Student Affairs; Me'ohr Bais Yaakov; Hagai 1, Bet Hakerem; Jerusalem, Israel

About the Program

Me'ohr Bais Yaakov is a post-high school program for women from the U.S., Canada, Australia, South America and Western Europe who wish to study in Israel. Its primary mission is to develop educational and religious leadership skills and qualities within its graduates. Me'ohr focuses on strengthening the student's Jewish identity, personal growth and personality building. These features are reflected in the academic curriculum, the staff, and the extracurricular activities, to produce students who are confident and competent to give back to their communities in religious and educational positions.

Applying for the Credit

Have Me'ohr Bais Yaakov submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

ART 102: Oil Painting (3 credits, lower division level)
Through lecture, guided practice, and critique, students become knowledgeable and skilled in the fundamentals of oil painting including: proper care and usage of brushes; painting surfaces; paints and mediums; painting techniques and styles and; essential aspects of composition, lighting and color choice.

BUS 101: Financial Accounting (3 credits, lower division level)
A comprehensive study of the most current "Accounting Information System", with a focus on the accounting cycle, application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), preparation of financial statements, and analysis of the information derived.

BUS 102 (formerly BUS301): Principles of Marketing (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of basic marketing theory and practice. Major topics include analysis of consumer market structure versus industrial market system; product planning; channels of distribution; pricing; promotion; and relevant government regulation.

BUS 202 (formerly BUS302): Principles of Finance (3 credits, lower division level)
The course explores the foundations of the finance world including interest, money and capital markets; exchanges, risk, and the evaluation of assets. Prerequisite: college algebra, business statistics and a basic accounting course, or instructor's approval.

BUS 203 (formerly BUS305): Management and Organizational Behavior in Businesses (3 credits, lower division level)
Focusing on the management process as they key to achieving organizational/ business objectives, the course connects theory with practice for the manger and the individual(s) managed. Within the course we explore fundamental and advanced topics in management, combining the functions of management with the psychology of management. Topics include ethical and global considerations; the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling processes; the managerial decision making processes; and leadership and management approaches. The course is designed to provide application of principles in real-life business situations.

BUS 303: Internet Marketing (3 credits, upper division level)
The course examines the use of internet as the framework and main platform in the new marketing mix. Within the course, we explore internet marketing models, focusing on the integration of this powerful new component into business strategies and media plans, and identifying the continuing developments in internet marketing, and their effect on the marketing mix. Real life cases provide opportunities for application. Pre or Co-requisite: Introduction to Marketing.

BUS 304: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 credits, upper division level)
Utilizing a practical approach to entrepreneurship, this course provides a framework for becoming an entrepreneur. The course focuses on the characteristics, role, and skills of the successful entrepreneur, providing students with an awareness, understanding, and command of the process of starting and operating a small business. Pre or Co-requisite: Principles of Finance; Principles of Marketing; Principles of Accounting; Principles of Management or instructor's approval.

COM 101: Principles of Public Speaking (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of the principles and concepts of public speaking, including speaking and listening, speech preparation and presentation, and varieties of public speaking. The course explores the fundamentals of public speaking from theoretical and practical perspectives, with a focus on developing public speaking skills.

EDU 202: Teaching Young Children: Enhancing Cognitive and Social Development in Pre-School and Primary Grades (formerly EDUC301); (3 credits, lower division level)
An introduction to the young learner including the various theories of child development. The course examines integrated preschool and primary curriculum, and stresses the need for developmentally appropriate practice. Emphasis is placed on the specific method-ology needed for the instruction of literacy, numeracy and language development in young children. In addition, the importance of play and its social, emotional and cognitive implications is addressed.

EDU 203 (formerly EDU302): Learning Disabilities: Instructional Methods and Strategies (3 credits, lower division level)
Multidimensional approach to learning disabilities and related mild disabilities. The course examines diverse theoretical approaches within the field, evaluation procedures, service models, and implications of special education laws. Particular attention is given to teaching strategies for students with learning disabilities and related mild disabilities in major areas of learning.

EDU 204: Fundamentals of Methodology (formerly EDU101: Fundamentals of Teaching Methodology); (3 credits, lower division level)
The course explores classic methodology and its implementation in the classroom, focusing on fundamental theories and strategies of teaching and learning. Topics include: Teaching in the 21st century; the effective teacher; diversity in the classroom; intentional teaching; lesson and unit planning; multiple intelligences; differentiated instruction; teacher centered versus student centered models of interactive teaching; building thinking skills; assessment and organization

EDU 205: Effective Classroom Management (formerly EDUC201); (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of effective classroom management theories and techniques, with a focus on practical applications. Topics include: understanding children and their behaviors; the relationship between the classroom environment, teachers' attitudes and actions, and students' behaviors; theories and systems of discipline; positive communication; meeting students' social needs as prevention; and collaboration.

EDU 303: Current Issues in Orthodox Jewish Education (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of some of the critical issues facing orthodox Jewish education, with a focus on North American orthodox Jewish communities and institutions. Topics include philosophy of orthodox Jewish education, history and trends of American Jewish education, curriculum concerns and challenges, the relationship between Jewish education and Jewish life, "at risk" orthodox Jewish youth and the schools, orthodox Jewish education and technology, and tuition in the Jewish day schools.

MAT 101 College Algebra (3 credits, lower division level)
This course is a review of basic arithmetic and algebraic properties. Algebraic topics including solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities are studied. In addition, domain and range of functions and an introduction to exponential functions is covered. Applications of these are studied in word problems.

MAT 201: Principles of Statistics (3 credits, lower division level)
An introductory statistics course designed to give students the ability, skills and confidence to make meaningful statements concerning sets of data. The course provides an understanding of the important vocabulary of statistical statements and in which context they are applicable, as well as enable students to distinguish between valid and misleading statistical statements.

PHI 201: Ethics of the Fathers (3 credits, lower division level)
Study of the development of the ethical Torah code using Pirkei Avot as a primary source for the traditional rabbinical view of what constitutes the moral and ethical personality. The course focuses on under-standing the chain of development of the standard Jewish ethos and extrapolating from the Rabbinic statements to create an ethical code applicable to contemporary society.

PHI 202: Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Intrapersonal Development (3 credits, lower division level)
This course focuses on developing an accurate and healthy self-model according to Jewish philosophy. Topics include: the principles of personal development; developing communication skills; preparing for marriage; and common relevant issues.

PHI 204: Studies in the Writing of Luzatto: Derech Hashem (3 credits, lower division level)
Theme based study of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato's classic work of Jewish Philosophy.

PHI 205: Studies in Liturgy: Morning Prayers (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of the Morning Prayer (Shacharit) to enable students to understand the texts and the philosophical, theological and ethical messages of the prayers.

PHI 206: Studies in the Writing of Luzatto: Mesilat Yesharim (3 credits, lower division level)
Theme based study of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato’s classic work of Jewish ethics: Mesilat Yesharim, focusing on the perfection of character. 

PHI 301: Studies in Liturgy: Themes in Prayers of the Sabbath and Festivals (3 credits, upper division level)
An in depth study of the literal and esoteric meanings of the Sabbath and Festival liturgy. The course examines the sources for each segment and the philosophical and theological underpinning themes.

PHI 302: Studies in the Writing of Rabbi Y. Halevi: Kuzari (3 credits, upper division level)
A study of R. Yehuda ha-Levi's classic exposition and defense of Jewish beliefs and practices, focusing on themes developed by the author and his comparisons of Jewish articles of faith to those of Islam and Christianity.

PHI 303: Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Taamei haMitzvoth (3 credits, upper division level)
A comprehensive study of a cross section of currently applicable commandments with the reasons for their practice; understanding the practical implications of the mitzvoth in terms of behavioral modification and personal development.

PHI 304: Contemporary Ethical and Halachic Issues (5 credits, upper division level)
Analysis of a number of ethical and halachic questions relevant in contemporary society. Course traces the means through which contemporary halachah can be determined from sources in the Bible and Talmud, commentaries of the early, and later rabbinical authorities, as well as responsa literature.

PHI 305 (formerly REL309): Advanced Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Themes in Jewish Thought (5 credits, upper division level)
Examination of major themes in Jewish thought that are the basis of the worldview of the religiously committed Jew. Course traces the hashkafa of Judaism as conveyed in the Talmud and Midrash and as formulated by the classical Jewish writers - Rambam, Ramban, Rabbenu Bachya, R. Saadiah Gaon, R. Yehudah ha-Levi, Maharal, Mesilat Yesharim, Tanya and R. Dessler among many others.

PHI 306: Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Woman of Valor (3 credits, upper division level)
Prerequisites: Formal background in Jewish education with fluency in Hebrew language and the ability to understand advance level Judaic texts.

PHI 307: Advanced Studies in the Writings of Rav Hirsch: Horeb (3 credits, upper division level)
An exploration of the philosophy underlying practical religious observances based on the work of Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch, Horeb. The course examines the unifying ideological threads within the 613 commandments, providing insight into the reasons behind mitzvoth practiced today.

PHI 308: Advanced Topics in Jewish Philosophy: Six Constant Mitzvoth (3 credits, upper division level)
A comprehensive study of the Six Constant Mitzvoth from philosophical and practical perspectives, and their fundamental role in Jewish belief. 

PHI 309: Studies in the Writing of Rav Dessler (3 credits, upper division level)
A study of some of the fundamental concepts of Jewish philosophy and ethics, as articulated in the writings of Rav Dessler, Michtav M'Eliyahu, alongside analysis of biblical, midrashic, and rabbinic sources and references to other works of Jewish thought and mussar. The course focuses on providing a deeper understanding of the Jewish person’s relationship with God, fellow man, and with oneself.

PSY 202 (formerly PSY301): Survey of Exceptional Children (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of exceptional populations, their character-istics, and how to identify and help them. Topics include: learning styles; Language Development; Communication Disorders; Learning Disabilities; ADHD; Mental Retardation; Emotional or Behavioral Disturbance; Autism Spectrum Disorders; hearing and visual impairment; physical disabilities; and giftedness.

PSY 203 (formerly PSY303): Theories of Personality (3 credits, lower division level)
Undergraduate course in Personality Theory covering major personality theories including psychoanalytic and neopsychoanalytic, trait, biological, humanistic, behavioral/social learning and cognitive theories. Emphasis is placed on contemporary appraisal and application of the theories through programs of research, therapy models and case studies. A traditional Torah model of personality structure and development will also be reviewed.

PSY 204: Child Development (3 credits, lower division level)
This course examines the theories and research concerning human development in children, from birth through adolescence. The course explores the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children and considers the factors that influence how growth and development occur. The course focuses on critical thinking and applications of theories studies to everyday life. Note, for comparable course considerations, that the age ranges includes adolescence.

PSY 302: Abnormal Psychology (3 credits, upper division level)
A study of Abnormal Psychology covering all major diagnostic categories, their symptoms, treatments and etiologies from various theoretical standpoints. Actual case material is emphasized is real case material, as well as empathic understanding of mental illness. The course objective is to familiarize students with the major classes of psychological diagnosis as defined by the DSM-TR; their symptoms; etiology and treatments.

REL 201: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: The Weekly Torah Portion (4 credits, lower division level)
A study of the weekly Torah portion, including text and Rashi, and an in depth analysis of themes in selected parshiot.

REL 202: Studies in Bible: Deuteronomy (3 credits, lower division level)
An intensive text based study of Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:30, including analysis of text and commentaries. Note: it is recommended that students be allowed to claim credit for both REL401 and REL202 as differences in content and levels justify the credit.

REL 203: Studies in Prophets: Haftarot (3 credits, lower division level)
This course includes an in-dept study of selections from the "prophets" that accompany the weekly Torah reading. The text and commentaries (ranging from Medieval to Modern) are examined and analyzed to develop knowledge and understanding of the themes and events in each portion, and their timeless messages. A comparative analysis of the commentaries fosters appreciation for, and understanding of varied approaches to Biblical exegesis.

REL 204: Studies in the Early Prophets Kings I (3 credits, lower division level)
An in-depth study of topics in the book of Kings I, chapters 1-11, through examining and analyzing the original texts and classic commentaries, as well as Talmudic sources, the works of classic Jewish medieval thinkers, and Hasidic scholars.

REL 205: Studies in Biblical Writings: Proverbs (3 credits, lower division level)
An in-depth study of the book of Proverbs, including a thematic analysis of the chapters, examining the influ-ence that the work has on the development of an ethos and value structure in Judaism, and using medieval and later commentaries to foster an appreciation for the multi-levels of the text.

REL 206 Studies in Biblical Writings: Song of Songs (3 credits, lower division level)
An in-depth study of the book of Song of Songs, including analysis of text and themes, to identify, understand, and appreciate esoteric moral, philosophical and theological ideas.

REL 207: Women in the Bible (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of select women in biblical scriptures, including Eve, Ada, Tzila, and Naama; Sara and Hagar; Rebecca; and Jacob's four wives. Within the course, Judaic literature (medieval to recent commentators and Jewish philosophers) is studied and analyzed, to develop philosophical, religious and moral perspectives.

REL 208: Studies in Hagiographia: Psalms (3 credits, lower level)
An intensive study of Psalms, from philosophical, theological and ethical perspectives. Includes overview of the work and the use of song and poetry in liturgy; examination of the influence that the work has on the development of an ethos and value structure in Judaism; developing understanding of the great impact and function of Psalms; thematic analysis of selected chapters to determine thrust of the message contained therein; detailed textual analysis of specific chapters.

REL 209 (formerly REL306): Topics in Jewish Law: Laws of Sabbath and the Holidays (3 credits, lower division level)
A comprehensive study of some of the laws relating to the observance of the Sabbath and Festivals. Topics include Accepting and Welcoming the Sabbath; Kidush and Havdelah; benefitting from the desecration of the Sabbath or Holiday; an overview of practical applications regarding the use of, and benefitting from, non-Jewish labor on the Sabbath and Festivals; healing and medicine on the Sabbath and Festivals; Preparation of food on the Festivals; law pertaining to Chol HaMoed (a semi holiday with fewer restrictions) and the second day of the festivals observed in the Diaspora.

REL 212: Topics in Jewish Law: Ritual Washing and Blessings over Food (3 credits, lower division level)
The course concentrates on laws concerning different areas of Jewish life, focusing on ritual washing and blessings of food. The course provides a framework for understanding the principles governing these laws, so that students can utilize their knowledge towards practical application.

REL 213: Topics in Jewish Law: Holidays (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of some of the laws pertaining to the Jewish holidays. The course provides a framework for
understanding the principles governing these laws, so that students can utilize their knowledge towards practical application.

REL 214 (formerly REL313): Selected Topics in Jewish Law I (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of selected topics in Choshen Mishpat and Even Ha'Ezer, focusing on commonly applicable laws of marriage and business. The course provides a framework for understanding the principles governing these laws, so that students can utilize their knowledge towards practical application.

REL 215 (formerly REL314):Selected Topics in Jewish Law II (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of selected topics in Yoreh De'ah, focusing on commonly applicable laws of Mezuzah, Charity and Tithing, Separation of Challah, Ritual immersion of vessels, and various agricultural prohibitions. The course provides a framework for understanding the principles governing these laws, so that students can utilize their knowledge towards practical application.

REL 301: Advanced Studies in Classical Biblical Commentaries (4 credits, upper division level)
A skill building course designed to develop proficiency and competency to understand and analyze biblical texts and commentaries, primarily Rashi. Students become knowledgeable in the design, structure, and stylistics of the Pentateuch and classical commentaries, the background and structure of Rashi's commentary, and philosophical outlook on the study of the Pentateuch and its commentaries. Students apply this knowledge and skills in independent study of commentaries.

REL 302: Advanced Studies in Bible: Topics in Genesis (3 credits, upper division level)
Intensive text based study of topics in Genesis. Course includes study of the Midrashic and Talmudic sources as well as a survey of many of the commentaries offered by both the medieval and contemporary rabbinical exegesists. Topics may vary.

REL 303/306: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: Mitzvot in Parashat Kdoshim (6 credits, upper division level)
Analysis of the parsha of Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:22), focusing on the concept of kedushah as
delineated by the mitzvot of the parashah. Course examines each of the mitzvoth as recorded in Sefer ha-Chinuch tracing the purpose of the mitzvah and the means through which each contributes to the establishment of Israel as an am kadosh. Readings from classical commentaries are included to portray the philosophical reasons for the mitzvoth.

REL 304 Studies in Biblical Writings: Topics in Ecclesiastics, Esther, Lamentations, and Ruth (3 credits, upper division level)
In-depth study of topics in four of the five books [referred to in Jewish literature as the megillot-scrolls] of the third section of the Hebrew Bible [Ketuvim-Writings], focusing on analysis of the texts in their historical and philosophical contexts.

REL 305: Topics in Jewish Law: Dietary Laws (3 credits, upper division level)
A comprehensive study of frequently encountered dietary laws. Topics include principles of Kashrus; laws regarding blood; fish; insects and worms; dairy and meat combination; laws regarding pots and tableware; separating dough; separating the priestly tithe; leavened bread; children and dietary laws.

REL 307: Topics in Jewish Law: Laws of Sabbath I (3 credits, upper division level)
A comprehensive study of some of the fundamental laws of the Sabbath and principles of prohibited activities on the Sabbath, including laws of candle lighting, and the restrictions relating to food preparation, muktzeh, threshing, selecting, building, writing, erasing, and sewing.

REL 308: Topics in Jewish Law: Interpersonal Relationships (3 credits, upper division level)
A comprehensive study, with a focus on practical implications, of some of the common laws of interpersonal relationships, including: the prohibition to covet; flattery; deception; taking revenge; loving one's neighbor as oneself; and rebuke.

REL 309 (formerly REL210): Topics in Jewish Law: Family Purity (4 credits, upper division level)
Close examination of the laws of niddah, based on halachic literature as brought in the Rambam, Tur, Shulchan Aruch, and more contemporary halachic authorities.

REL 310: Studies in Biblical Writings: Themes in the Book of Esther (3 credits, upper division level)
Comprehensive study of the philosophical and historical themes portrayed in the text of the megillah. The unique role of each of the central characters in the megillah is examined. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical context of the narrative and the meta-physical concepts of exile and redemption that are the underlying theme of the book.

REL 311 (formerly REL211): Studies in Hagiographia: Psalms II (3 credits, upper division level)
In depth study of various chapters in the Book of Psalms. Verses within chapters are examined to discern the philosophical and moral themes lyrically expressed by the psalmist. Introductory lectures focus on the role of song as part of prayer.

REL 312: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: Topics in Numbers (3 credits, upper division level)
Intensive text based study of topics in the book of Numbers. Course includes study of the Midrashic and Talmudic sources as well as a survey of many of the commentaries offered by both the medieval and contemporary rabbinical exegesists. Topics may vary.

REL 401: Advanced Studies in Biblical Scriptures: Topics in Deuteronomy (3 credits, upper division level)
This course offers a thematic, in-depth study of biblical texts to gain knowledge, textual analysis and synthesis skills. Biblical and Talmudic sources and medieval commentaries are studied, compared and analyzed to examine theological and philosophical perspectives. Topics may vary. Note: it is recommended that students be allowed to claim credit for both REL401 and REL202 as differences in content and levels justify the credit.

SCI 101: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry with Lab (4 credits, lower division level)
Introductory course covering the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry and applying selected topics to health and environmental issues. Course includes experimental laboratories where students perform scientific observations, tests and syntheses, utilizing proper safety and laboratory techniques.

SCI 102: Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry with Lab (4 credits, lower division level)
Introductory course covering the fundamental concepts of organic and biological chemistry and applying selected topics to health and environmental issues. Course includes experimental laboratories where students perform scientific observations, tests and syntheses, utilizing proper safety and laboratory techniques.

Note - SCI101 and SCI102 are equivalent to a typical freshman Introduction to Chemistry I and II for non-majors; taken sequentially.

SCI 201: Introduction to Biology with Lab (4 credits, lower division level)
This is an introductory course in biology for allied health majors. Topics include fundamental concepts of cellular biology, histology, genetics, microbiology, and basic principles common to all living things. The laboratory introduces the student to basic laboratory skills and techniques, to reinforce and emphasize the biological process and its principles.

SCI 202: Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (4 credits, lower division level)
Introductory course covering the basic concepts of inorganic, organic and biological chemistry, including applications of each topic to health and environmental issues. The experimental laboratory involves the student in scientific observations, measurement, safety and proper laboratory techniques. Collaborative learning experiences are incorporated into the lectures, discussions and labs. This course is appropriate for liberal arts, education, and allied health related majors.

SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4 credits, lower division level)
This course is a general overview to organization of the human body, followed by major organ systems, first introducing anatomy and then explaining how the parts work. Anatomy introduces a basic vocabulary that is understood by scientists and health care professionals alike. The key concept of homeostasis in physiology is introduced; relevant pathophysiologic conditions are presented as imbalances in homeostasis. Systems covered include: Integumentary, Skeletal, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Endocrine.

SCI 204 (formerly SCI301): Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4 credits, lower division level)
This course examines the structure and function of the human body and the key concept of homeostasis in physiology. Relevant pathophysiologic conditions are presented as imbalances in homeostasis. Systems covered include: Nervous, Muscular, Lymphatic (immune), Urinary, and Reproductive. Some pathophysiology topics include: schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, lymphoma, infertility, and breast and ovarian cancers. The laboratory builds on the student's laboratory skills and techniques, and provides an opportunity to examine human anatomy through dissection, histological evaluation, and wet and dry lab experiments.

SCI 205 (formerly SCI302): Introduction to Microbiology (3 credits, lower division level)
This is a general education non-laboratory science course in microbiology that incorporates core curriculum recommendations from the American Society of Microbiology for an undergraduate course in microbiology. Topics include information flow within and between cells, cellular structure and function, regulation of cellular activities, growth and division, cell energy metabolism, microbial genetics, microbial pathogenicity mechanisms, antibiotics and chemotherapy, host defense mechanisms, disease transmissions, biotechnology, and microbial diversity.

SOC 201/PSY201: Group Dynamics (3 credits, lower division level)
A study of group dynamics from theoretical and practical perspectives. The course explores theories of group processes and techniques, including group formation and development, group stages, functions and settings of groups, leadership, group members' interaction, and the integration of these theories into practice.