Academic Advisors

The academic dean and the registrar are available to help students plan a schedule of courses. Be sure to review the information on this page, and keep in mind that some classes may be offered only on alternating years.

Graduation Requirement Worksheet

You may find it helpful to use a worksheet to determine which courses are required for the associate degree. Students may also view a degree audit through myRBC. Students are encouraged to complete half the requirements in each section (i.e., Bible/theology, general education, specific concentration) in each year.

Alternating Year Classes

Not every course is scheduled every year. Please see the course schedule to see what is being offered.

PDF Version

Since students are required to order their own textbooks, a great place to buy textbooks is Amazon. Following are some other online resources you may want to consider: Alibris (rental textbooks), BIGWORDS (coupon codes/deals for books), Chegg (used textbooks), eCampus (rent, sell, buy textbooks), VitalSource (ebooks).

You may ship your books to your name at RBC’s address (2270 Rosedale Rd, Irwin, OH 43029), and they’ll be waiting on you when you arrive on campus.

I Corinthians
1 Corinthians: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries), by Schreiner
ISBN-13: 978-0830842971
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson, editor
ISBN-13: 978-0310450405
Class Binder (only available in RBC bookstore), by Cordella-Bontrager
For this course please purchase physical texts, no Kindle versions.

Biblical Literature I
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson, editor
ISBN-13: 978-0310450405

College Algebra
Algebra for College Students, 6th ed., by Hornsby, Lial, McGinnis
ISBN: 978-0321442543
Calculator with exponential function (graphing not required)

Computer Programming
Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science, 3rd ed., by Zelle
ISBN-13: 978-1590282755

Core Christian Beliefs I
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson, editor
ISBN-13: 978-0310450405
Class Binder (only available in RBC bookstore), by Cordella-Bontrager
For this course please purchase physical texts, no Kindle versions.

How to Read Genesis, by Longman III
ISBN-13: 978-0877849438

Introduction to Biblical Languages
A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, by Barrick
Use the free online version via the link below:
You will periodically use the following website:
Learn to Read NT Greek, 3rd ed., by Black
ISBN-13: 978-0805444933
Do NOT get the Kindle version.

Introduction to Literature
Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, 4th ed., by Kennedy, Gioia
ISBN-13: 978-0205151660
Dom Casmurro: A Novel (FSG Classics), by Machado de Assis
ISBN-13: 978-0374523039
Be sure to purchase the novel in English.

Introduction to Psychology
My Psychology (with LaunchPad), by Pomerantz
ISBN-13: 978-1429260183

Leadership, Communication, & Ethics
The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community, by Jennings, Stahl-Wert
ISBN-13: 978-1626566149
The Heart of Christian Leadership, by Byler
ISBN-13: 978-0977008544
Servant Leadership in Action, by Blanchard, Renee
ISBN-13: 978-1523093960

Principles of Biblical Interpretation
Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, 4th ed., by Duval, Hays
ISBN-13: 978-0310492573

Psalms (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries), by Longman III
ISBN-13: 978-0830842858
NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible, D.A. Carson, editor
ISBN-13: 978-0310450405
Class Binder (only available in RBC bookstore), by Cordella-Bontrager
For this course please purchase physical texts, no Kindle versions.

Public Speaking
The Elements of Speechwriting and Public Speaking, 1st ed., by Cook
ISBN-13: 978-0028614526

Spiritual Formation
The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, by Keller, Keller
ISBN-10: 0525955143

Worship Leadership
The Worship Architect, by Constance Cherry, Baker Academic
ISBN-13: 978-0801038747
The Worship Sourcebook (any edition), by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
ISBN-13: 978-1562128678
The Church Sound Survival Guide, by Kilpatrick
Will be handed out in class.

Registration Deadlines

Students must register for courses by the first day of the term. Changes in course registration may be made until 4:00 p.m. the first Friday of the semester or 4:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the winter term.

Withdrawal Deadlines
Students who withdraw from a course after the normal deadline for finalizing course selection, and before the beginning of the next to last week of classes, will receive a “W” on their transcripts. After that point, students may withdraw from a class only with special permission from the academic office. Students should be aware that withdrawal from a course may cause them to no longer meet residence requirements.

Transferring credit to other schools

Our students have gone on to excel at four-year colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Because of RBC’s accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (see the directory of member schools), many have transferred most, if not all, of their credits to schools like Eastern Mennonite University, Wheaton College, The Ohio State University, Houghton College, and Huntington University. Articulation agreements, including articulated pathways to specific four-year degrees are in place with Indiana Wesleyan University, Bluffton University,  and Malone University and lists of course equivalents have been compiled in cooperation with the academic offices of Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN), Columbia International University, and Ohio Christian University.

Most Christian universities and colleges and many public universities accept RBC credits. The academic office has compiled a list of public and private colleges that have accepted RBC credits.

Transferring students should be aware of the distinction between acceptance and applicability of transferred credits. For example, during the enrollment process, some institutions may accept credits for transfer, but those credits may not decrease the number of courses required to complete a program if they are not applicable to program requirements. This is especially significant for technical or other programs with requirements that leave little room for electives.

NOTICE: Transferability of credits is never guaranteed. Students are encouraged to communicate with the school to which they hope to transfer credit.

To learn more about how transfer works, or to discuss options for transfer to a particular university, contact our registrar.

Transferring credit from other schools

Credits may be transferred to RBC from colleges and institutions on a case-by-case basis as approved by the academic dean and as they apply toward completing a program of study at RBC. Students desiring to transfer academic credits from other institutions must request an official transcript from the other school be sent to RBC. Credits must be at or above a grade level of “C” to be eligible for transfer. Grades for courses taken at other colleges and transferred to RBC are not included in the RBC cumulative GPA.

Credits from accredited colleges and institutions are automatically eligible for transfer (if they apply toward a program of study at RBC). To determine course equivalencies, the academic dean may consult course descriptions and syllabi.

Credits from non-accredited colleges and institutions may be transferred on a provisional basis. Course syllabi, faculty credentials, and grading standards may be reviewed to determine course equivalencies. Transfer is finalized once a student has completed 12 semester hours at RBC with a GPA of at least 2.0.

Limited credits may be accepted for validated participation in approved discipleship/missions programs of at least six months’ duration operated by approved agencies. To learn more, see the guiding policy.

To graduate from RBC with the associate degree, the student must complete at least eighteen credit hours at RBC.

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