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Course Descriptions

Alternative Course Formats

Most Ambrose University courses are offered in a semester, appropriate for the majority of full-time and part-time students. It is not possible, therefore, to complete an Ambrose University degree entirely or even substantially through alternative course formats. However, a limited number of classes are offered regularly in alternative formats. The following alternative course format opportunities are available:

Modular Class
A course that is offered in a compressed schedule. All class sessions are condensed into either a one-week period or two weeks of mornings or afternoons or spread over a number of weekends, with additional course work completed later. Module courses are offered in this format on campus during the winter, fall and spring semester breaks.

Online and Hybrid Courses
Online and hybrid courses are offered during the general time frame of regular semester classes. The start and finish dates may be outside the usual semester timetable.

General Course Information

The following pages contain brief descriptions of the courses taught at Ambrose University. Not all courses are offered every academic year. Core courses are taught yearly, others on a two-year cycle and some offered occasionally. When specified, some courses cannot be taken unless certain prerequisites have been taken. These prerequisites are stated at the end of the course description. A passing grade will be required in order for a course to meet the requirements of a prerequisite. Students should consult the class schedule for the upcoming semester when selecting courses. Registration is completed through the Student Portal.

Courses are numbered as follows:

Junior-Level Courses

  • 100-level courses are open to most students, have no registration restrictions, and normally should be taken during the student’s first year and before attempting higher numbered courses in the same area of study.

Senior-Level Courses

  • 200-level courses which generally require prerequisite(s)
  • 300-level courses are not normally open to first year students and require prerequisite(s)
  • 400-level courses generally are open only to upper-year students with relevant prerequisite(s)

Course Credit

The credit value for each course is listed in parentheses beside the course name and number, e.g., (3). Where a lab or tutorial is required, a second number indicates the number of hours per week required in a lab setting beyond class hours. Thus, (3–3L) means a course requires three hours per week in class and three hours per week in lab. Such a course would still have a credit value of 3.

Course Frequency

The frequency of a course is indicated with a letter code listed after the credit value. Courses offered annually are indicated with an A, courses offered biennially (every other year) with a B, and occasional courses are indicated with an O. Ambrose University reserves the right to cancel or revise any of the courses listed or to withdraw for the semester any course for which there is insufficient demand.

Cross-Leveled Courses

Cross-leveled courses* are courses taught with both seminary and undergraduate students in the same classroom.  These courses are listed in both the Undergraduate Academic Calendar and course listing, and in the Seminary Academic Calendar and course listing.

Cross-Listed Courses

These are courses listed within either the Undergraduate or the Seminary Calendar, but in more than one discipline within that Calendar.

*It is possible for a course to be both cross-leveled and cross-listed.

Laboratory (Lab)

A course component in which students engage in practical projects (e.g., experiments, surveys, observations), testing and applying course concepts in a controlled and supervised setting. Labs are normally 2-3 hours in length.

Educational Travel

Educational travel study means any trip (e.g., a Travel Study or other similar trip) offered for educational credit at Ambrose or otherwise offered by an academic program or sanctioned by Ambrose, involving Ambrose students, and including at least one overnight stay. This policy applies both to international and domestic educational travel.

Educational Travel does not include:
a)           Travel related to Internship programs
b)           Research-related travel with a faculty member
c)           Athletic team travel and student leadership travel

Further information is available from the Office of the Registrar.


A course component in which students review and/or receive supplemental instruction relating to in-class learning, discussing and/or applying theories, methods, concepts, or data. Tutorials normally involve small groups of students and are normally between 60 and 90 minutes in length.