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Deepen your knowledge without diminishing your convictions

You can receive an exceptional Bible education online from a college that holds firm to the doctrines of the inerrancy and preservation of scripture, that teaches separation and personal holiness, and that upholds the priority of soulwinning and discipleship. A Bible degree program should strengthen your Bible convictions, not dilute them.

Take College Classes on Your Schedule

Balancing relationships, work, and ministry responsibilities is a challenge, and no one knows your schedule better than you. Take ownership and take charge. Whether you decide to carve out time on weekday evenings, weekend mornings, or some combination, decide what schedule works best for you and start accomplishing your goals and deepening your faith.

Quality academics at an affordable price

128 credit program

$250

per credit rate
When taking 5-9 credits in a term

$350

per credit rate
When taking 1-4 credits in a term


A $100 technology fee will be applied to each term

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Designed for Online Students by Online Students

Designed for Online Students by Online Students

The Online courses of West Coast Baptist College are designed and supported by faculty and staff who have earned degrees online while balancing work, ministry, and family. We get it. We understand your challenges. We have experienced what works and what doesn’t and we have tailored a bachelor program to maximize flexibility while providing you the greatest opportunity for success.

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7 week terms

WCBC Online offers two 7-week courses per semester. So, rather than taking six courses at once over the period of fourteen weeks, our program allows you to take three courses for the first seven-week term, then three additional courses in the next term.  This allows students to receive the same high-quality material and instruction while taking fewer courses at any one time. Because our program is designed by educators who have earned online degrees, we have found this structure to be more effective at helping you meet your learning goals.

The Interaction Makes a Difference

The Interaction Makes a Difference

The WCBC online bachelor’s degree program is not just pre-recorded lectures. The program offers a full classroom experience with interaction with instructors and other students through industry standard learning management software platforms.

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Key Faculty

Dr. John Goetsch

Executive Vice President

Dr. Mike Lester

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Tobi England

Director of Institutional Effectiveness/Instructor—Bible

Education from… Educators

Education from… Educators

Guest lecturers are great and they add real-world insight and experience, but there is a distinct advantage to receiving your education from instructors who are not only experts trained in their field, but who are trained experienced teachers that are passionate about imparting the truth in an effective and engaging way to students. You want to know that the person lecturing is the person that will review your work and interact with you as a student.

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Featured Classes

Featured Classes

Biblical Ethics

AP 402

Credit Hours: 2


This course looks at what the Bible says regarding ethical issues in society and ministry today, as well as proper manners and etiquette. The student will be required to evaluate the teachings of Scripture with a look at various methods of ministry. Special emphasis will be placed on the character and ethical responsibilities toward church leadership, members, politics, society, and other churches.

New Testament Survey

BI 102

Credit Hours: 3


This course surveys the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, date, and purpose of each book. The student will develop a broad outline for each book. The course will examine the background and content of each book.

Media Foundations

VA 101

Credit Hours: 2


This course is designed to help the students understand how a church as an organization effectively communicates both to its members and to its community in order to further the cause of Christ. The students will learn and understand the basics of creativity and communication, web development, church audio, print design, video production, and technology—all with a ministry-specific emphasis.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
AP 101 3

Apologetics

This course is designed to give the student a system of principles to defend his faith, as well as present evidences that support the authenticity of the Christian faith.

AP 201 2

Comparative Religions

This course surveys the basic teaching and forms of Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Islam. Special emphasis will be given to methods of witnessing and winning to Christ those who are bound in these religious systems.

AP 301 2

Science and Faith

The purpose of this course is to give the student a greater appreciation of both the Bible and science. Furthermore, this course will demonstrate that there is no need for compromise in order to make the Bible fit modern "scientific" discoveries. The student will be taught that true science will always validate God's word.

AP 401 3

Contemporary Theology

This course provides a look at the various positions today, from fundamentalism to modernism. Special emphasis will be given to the challenges facing fundamentalism. The course will also examine the expanding influence of the charismatic movement, its push toward ecumenicalism, and the eventual one-world church.

AP 402 2

Biblical Ethics

This course looks at what the Bible says regarding ethical issues in society and ministry today, as well as proper manners and etiquette. The student will be required to evaluate the teachings of Scripture with a look at various methods of ministry. Special emphasis will be placed on the character and ethical responsibilities toward church leadership, members, politics, society, and other churches.

AP 403 2

Logic

This course equips students to discern between good and bad arguments. Several major systems of logic will be studied, including categorical, truth-functional, and informal.

BC 221 3

Counseling Youth Conflicts

Counseling Youth Conflicts will address contemporary issues facing those who work with teenagers. This course will identify some of the issues young people make and seek to uncover ways of helping youth overcome these issues.

BC 222 3

Preventative Youth Counseling

This course addresses topics pertaining to preventative counsel for teenagers and their parents and explores the most effective ways to prepare teens for the more common challenges and transitions of life. The knowledge and skills presented are most relevant for the Christian young adult but are applicable to any teen. Some of the core topics covered in this course include having a biblical perspective in life, making wise decisions, understanding God's will, and engaging in mature relationships.

BI 101 3

Old Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire Old Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, purpose, and major characters of each book. The student will develop a broad outline of each book. Passages of particular doctrinal significance will be examined and discussed.

BI 102 3

New Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, date, and purpose of each book. The student will develop a broad outline for each book. The course will examine the background and content of each book.

BI 110 3

Survey of Bible Doctrines

This course is a survey of the ten major doctrines of systematic theology.

BI 112 3

Women of the Bible

Women of the Bible is a survey course focusing on the prominent and not-so-prominent women in Scripture. By looking to the women of the Bible, the students can deepen their understanding of Scripture, experience more of God's love, recognize His relentless jealousy, and discover His creative ability to bring good out of the most difficult circumstances.

BI 201 3

Life of Christ

This course is an in-depth look at the harmonizing of the Gospels. It looks at the major chronological periods in the life of our Lord. The Lord's life and teachings will be examined with special emphasis on the crucifixion week.

BI 211 2

Acts

This course covers a history of the early church and the spread of the Gospel. The book will be outlined as the Great Commission is fulfilled in the first century. The course will look at the development of Christianity and its doctrines.

BI 212 2

Romans

This course will be an expository study of both the book as well as its applications to the doctrines of the Christian life. Students will be given a general outline of the important doctrinal passages that will be discussed.

BI 231 2

Intro. to Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a theological system borne out of the literal, historical-grammatical interpretation. At its core, Dispensationalism understands that there is a distinction between Israel and the Church and understands the purpose of God in this earth to be doxological. This class will investigate the theological framework of this system, explaining its origins, and its developments. Additionally, it will present a case for declaring this system the most consistent hermeneutical tool in studying the Scriptures.

BI 241 2

Ruth and Esther

The biblical books of Ruth and Esther provide wonderful examples of God's sovereignty and offer encouragement for Christians to trust His goodness and provision. This course is designed to give a better understanding of who God is, as we study His presence and work in the stories of both Ruth and Esther. As we also learn from the individual characters in these books, we will discover their rare courage, commitment, and risk-taking love for God and His people.

BI 250 3

Genesis

This course is designed to familiarize students with the storyline and fundamental truths found in the first book of the Bible. From the creation account of Genesis 1 through the death of Joseph in Genesis 50, the book of Genesis provides foundational theological insights and biblical principles from which students will glean applications and understanding for their personal spiritual journey with Christ. This study primarily focuses on observations of creation, the fall of man, Noah's flood, the foundation of God's covenant with Israel and the lives of the patriarchs.

BI 291 2

Methodical Bible Studies

This course will help the student develop sound Bible study methods. It will operate on the premise that the interpretation of Scripture is best understood by other Scripture. The student will learn a method to follow in the process of Bible study. The student will also be involved with hands-on projects applying each step in the process of Bible study.

BI 313 2

The Book of Revelation

This course will study the book of Revelation from a futuristic pre-tribulation, pre-millennial position. A careful analysis will be made to show the effect Bible prophecy has on Israel, the church, and the lost. While focusing on the New Testament book of Revelation it will connect the prophecies of Revelation to prophecies concerning the end times found in several Old Testament books such as Ezekiel and Daniel.

BI 361 3

Theology 1

This course is an in-depth study of Bibliology and Theology.

BI 362 3

Theology 2

This course is an in-depth study of Christology and Pneumatology.

BI 363 3

Theology 3

This course is an in-depth study of Hamartiology, Anthropology, and Soteriology.

BI 364 3

Theology 4

This course is an in-depth study of Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology.

BI 401 3

Baptist History and Distinctives

This course will survey the history of Baptist churches throughout the past two thousand years. Special emphasis will be placed on the historical distinctives of Baptists.

BL 301 3

Greek 1

This is a concentrated introductory course of Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of New Testament Greek.

BL 302 3

Greek 2

This course is a continuation of BL 301. Special emphasis will be given to the function of case, form, tense, voice, and mood. Some word studies will be done. (BL 301 is required with a grade of a "C-" or higher.)

BU 201 3

Principles of Administration

This practical course will enable students to understand the basics of administration in the context of the local New Testament church. Topics include developing a long range strategic plan, staff relations, communications, finance and law.

ED 226 2

Philosophy of Christian Education

What makes us different from secular education? What is the basis of our teaching and our methodology? How does Christian education fit with the home and church? These and many other areas of philosophy will be studied in this course.

EN 101 3

Grammar and Composition 1

This course teaches English grammar and foundational writing concepts on a college level. Because clear writing is developed through good English basics, this class aids the student in development of clear writing and grammar skills that will be further developed in EN 102.

EN 102 3

Grammar and Composition 2

This course is designed to develop and enhance the student's writing skills. Concentration will be placed on clear, logical, and persuasive writing. (EN 101 is required)

EN 280 3

American Literature

This course will evaluate American literature for its style, content, and value, specifically for the Christian student and teacher. The class will give the student an appreciation for the content and literary style of American authors.

EN 403 2

Shakespearean Literature

Students in this course will analyze Shakespearean literature through the famous bard’s dramas and sonnets. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive working knowledge of Shakespeare’s dominating ideas in his works.

GD 221 2

Graphic Design 1

Graphic design is a fundamental skill in media. This course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn to design graphics to enhance print and web media. Graphic design principles and techniques will be studied to learn how to effectively communicate visually. Modern trends and techniques will be studied to keep graphics looking current. PREREQUISITE: None

HI 281 3

History of Civilization 1

This course presents a general survey of civilization from the earliest records through the sixteenth century. Taught chronologically, the course will include a discussion of the major political, economic, intellectual, social, and religious forces which have influenced the development of civilization from the beginning of time through the 1700s. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of Christianity upon the world, and life lessons with scriptural applications from history will be incorporated throughout the course.

HI 282 3

History of Civilization 2

This course is a continuation of HI 281 and is a study of world civilizations from the seventeenth century to the present. The course will be taught chronologically and will focus upon the historical effects of government, religion, scientific development, socioeconomic structures and the arts which have influenced the development of civilization from the seventeenth century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of Christianity upon the world, and life lessons with scriptural applications from history will be incorporated throughout the course. PREREQUISITE: none

HI 283 3

U.S. History 1

This course examines the development of the United States from the colonial period through the Civil War. It gives special emphasis to Christianity’s influence on the development of the United States. It will also look at how Christian men and women have made a significant impact on the development of our nation.

HI 284 3

U.S. History 2

This course is a continuation of HI 283, and it examines the development of the United States from the aftermath of the Civil War to modern America. It gives special emphasis to Christianity’s influence on the development of the United States. It will also look at how Christian men and women have made a significant impact on the development of our nation. PREREQUISITE: None

HI 331 2

American Civil War

This course examines the social, political, economic, and ideological forces that led to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include regional conflicts and sectionalism, dissolution of the Union, military campaigns, and the War’s socioeconomic impact, aftermath, and consequences. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, spiritual, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in the United States during the era of the Civil War.

MA 100 3

College Math

MA 100 is an introduction to the basics of mathematics. This course is intended to prepare students for beginning algebra and college level courses and programs. Students will be introduced to the language of algebra and learn how to evaluate algebraic expressions and solve first degree equations. This course can be waived with a score of 535 or higher on the SAT tests. Additionally, a score of 17 or higher on the ACT can also satisfy this requirement.

MI 101 2

Introduction to Missions

This course is an introduction to missions, to its biblical basis, and to the current challenges and needs on the mission field. The purpose is to give the student a sense of the great need for missions today. The lives of great missionaries will be reviewed.

PT 100 1

Practical Theology

This course is taught by Dr. Paul Chappell to equip young men for the work of the ministry. Students will gain practical insights on church planting, servant leadership, staff training, and administration of local church work.

PT 106 2

Intro. to Biblical Counseling

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of basic biblical counseling, emphasizing Scriptural prescriptions for man's physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

PT 111 2

Personal Evangelism

This course is designed to help the individual student be an effective witness for the Lord. Instruction will be given on how to reach the lost with the Gospel. Students will be required to memorize key verses for bringing sinners to Christ and giving them biblical assurance of salvation. Every student must participate in the TEAM soulwinning program of Lancaster Baptist Church.

PT 311 2

Christian Marriage and Home

This course provides the student with the biblical ingredients to a godly marriage and family. It will attempt to provide the student with the discernment needed to be able to provide a biblical balance in his family life and ministry.

PT 378 2

Local Church Discipleship

This class is designed for men planning to serve as assistant pastors or senior pastors. The course will give students the opportunity to explore the biblical ingredients of a disciple as well as to organize a local church discipleship ministry.

PT 402 2

Christian Ministry Counseling

This will be an in-depth look at the counseling responsibilities of Christian leaders. It will include a study of the techniques to be used to provide biblical counsel to those who are hurting and in need of guidance. It will also discuss the precautions that need to be taken by a Christian leader when counseling.

SPCH 101 2

Freshman Speech

This course is designed to give the student the skills needed to properly prepare and deliver an effective speech.

VA 101 2

Media Foundations

This course is designed to help the students understand how a church as an organization effectively communicates both to its members and to its community in order to further the cause of Christ. The students will learn and understand the basics of creativity and communication, web development, church audio, print design, video production, and technology—all with a ministry-specific emphasis.

VA 102 2

Design Technology

Students will be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud and learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator along with other design technologies. Emphasis will be placed upon establishing page layout, graphics manipulation, and pre-press skills. Projects will be given to reinforce the use of application features and equip the student to effectively use these technologies in design and in preparation for other media courses. PREREQUISITE: None

VP 141 2

Photography 1

This course covers the basics of photography, broken into five distinct sections that will build on each other to give the student a range of technical knowledge and real-world experience of photography, and show how to use these skills in ministry applications. The history of photography, controlling exposure, the laws of composition, basic post-processing, and final output of images will all be covered during the course. PREREQUISITE: None

VP 244 2

Video Production

This course will demonstrate the power of video in communication, as well as techniques necessary to achieve the best results. Students will learn how to operate a video camera system, how to edit and correct video using industry standard software, and how to communicate through the video medium.

VP 345 2

Video Streaming and Broadcasting

This course will examine the use of broadcast video and streaming to extend the preaching ministry of the local church through live stream and produced video content. Several scales of systems will be introduced along with progressively more complex equipment. A practical, ministry-focused approach will be emphasized throughout the course, with content and assignments building upon each another to develop a thorough skillset in the student.