CVCU is a STEAM university, offering courses of study in medicine, nursing, social sciences, communication arts and sciences, and mechanical engineering. Based on market research, GenZ trends, impacted majors in the state of California, and the specialized needs of the citizens of Chula Vista, CVCU broadens the traditional STEAM notation to offer the following undergraduate degree and certification programs, resulting in a unique CTE (career training education) approach to higher education.
The Redi Institute for Holistic Health and Human Welfare
The Mission of the Redi Institute of the Institute for Holistic Health and Human Welfare is to address the growing crisis of ill health, obesity, and mental stagnation resulting from poor diet and sedentary lifestyles in Western culture. Students will gain biblically-based instruction in holistic medicine, nutrition, and proactive health care with the expressed goal of helping students make a tangible, positive impact on the health and well-being of the local region. The Redi Institute is named after Francesco Redi, an Italian scientist who challenged the culturally accepted norm of spontaneous generation in 1668. Students in the Redi Institute will be expected to think outside of the box, applying both logic and ancient truths to address the crisis of preventative illness in the United States.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Pre-medicine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
*The Carson Institute for Local Leadership and Environmental Stewardship
The Mission of the Institute of the Institute for Local Leadership and Sustainability is to expand the base of knowledge and application in economic and environmental care, establishing new methodologies for stewardship of the earth, leading the local community in organic farming efforts, horticulture, and environmental and well and economic responsibility. Institute finds its name in the applied scholarship of Rachel Carson, who pursued independent studies in marine biology while completing her degree in writing because it was socially unacceptable for her to pursue a science degree in her day. Nonetheless, driven by passionate scholarship, she educated herself in the field, and when the time came that the government needed a writer who was also an expert in marine biology, her skill set helped her rise to the surface, and she ultimately wrote one of the first books on environmental awareness, Silent Spring. Students in the Carson Institute will be forward-thinking environmental and economic leaders whose stewardship of the planet and its people is rooted in the biblical mandate that balances stewardship of the earth with worship of the Creator over the creation.
Degrees of Study:
*Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Stewardship
The Booker T. Washington Institute for Social Science
The Mission of the Booker T. Washington Institute for Social Science is to advance the efforts of social sciences to offer community-based educational equipping for political, familial, and interpersonal conflict, providing practical solutions and support to help strengthen interpersonal relationships in every sphere of the city, from the home to the marketplace. Students serve in summer projects dedicated to teaching a variety of skills, from reading to underserved populations at home and abroad to offering academic tutoring, conflict support, and child development workshops as a free offering to the local community. The Booker T. Washington Institute garners its name from the courageous leader and American educator Booker T. Washington, who, despite his nervousness and introversion, refused to bow to the victim-mindedness of his culture and instead spoke out all over the country on behalf of oppressed people, rallying them to hope and victory and modeling tenacity, kindness, forgiveness, and courage. One of his most familiar quotes defines both his perspective and the goals of institutional resilience at CVCU: "There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up." Students in the Booker T. Washington Institute will exert socio-political strength by building others up and empowering them to live abundant lives.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor or Science in Political Science
Bachelor of Science in History
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
*Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
*Bachelor Science in Homeland Security
Technology and Trade
The Edison Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences
Students in the Edison Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences gain real-world experience that will provide them with training, education, and apprenticeship models of education to give them the competitive skills they need to succeed in a technologically advanced culture. The Institute is named after Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time. According to the Library of Congress, Edison's inventions have influenced the light bulb, the motion picture camera, the telegraph, and the telephone, among many other creations. Students in the Edison Institute will learn to apply existing scientific knowledge to develop practical solutions in the fields of technology, neuroscience, trade, computer science, web development, and IT management.
Degrees of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
*Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology
*Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences
The McGuffey Institute of Education
The McGuffey Institute of Education was established to train a next generation of teachers who, through educational excellence, will courageously confront the existing ills of the traditional system of elementary, secondary, and higher education. Named after William McGuffey an educator who was born in 1800 and began his teaching career at the age of 14. At the time, there was no systematic method for teaching children to read. When he was 35, Harriet Beecher Stowe asked McGuffey to write a series of publications which eventually became the famous Eclectic Readers. McGuffey's readers sold over 120 million copies, and they served as a template for textbooks that is still followed today. The Institute endeavors to equip elementary and secondary teachers who are passionate about education reform and reclaiming the field of education for the kingdom of God. As Dr. Spears writes in the book Education for Human Flourishing, Christians have inadvertently contributed to the marginalization of Christianity by driving the moral and academic authority of Jesus away from the center point of learning. "The fear of the Lord," Proverbs 9:10 teaches, "is the beginning of wisdom." Without an anchor to truth, without a grounding in morality and faith-based academia, educators must question the legitimacy of the educational endeavor. Students in the Palmer Institute will learn the skills they need to be methodologically and theologically effective in reaching the next generation for Christ while training up their own students to be excellent, well-read, and well-rounded scholars in every academic discipline, students who study to show themselves approved.
Degree of Study:
Bachelor of Arts in Educational Methodology
Communication Arts and Sciences
The Dickens Institute for Communication Studies
The Mission of the Dickens Institute for Communication Studies is to help students become not just consumers of culture, but producers of culture, creating strategic methodology for excellence in written and spoken English communication, giving students a foundational approach to excellence in traditional communication studies, in journalistic studies, and in computer mediated communication methodology. The Institute finds in namesake in the great British author Charles Dickens, whose communication skills have transcended time to speak to the heart and soul of modern communicators. Though many may know Dickens for his great works of literature, he was also a passionate advocate for the oppressed and voiceless people of his day. After being forced to abandon his dreams and work in a shoe-blacking factory as a child, he developed a compassion for the poor and underserved members of his community. His literary masterpiece Great Expectations was both a work of social justice and PR genius: He published it by weekly chapter in the daily newspaper so that the poor could extract it from the trash, read, and be inspired by the flash of vision that embeds his memorable style of courage and hope.
Degree of Study:
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Additional Coursework for Specializations: A communication degree provides opportunities for employment in a variety of fields. Students who have interests outside the field of communication may choose to add extra coursework to their degree program in order to specialize in a specific skill or ability. These courses will be above and beyond the student's regular coursework and will add experience and training in a specialized field of the student's choosing. Emphases include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Archimedes Institute of Engineering
Engineers utilize scientific and mathematical principles to develop solutions to technical challenges, addressing society's needs at the molecular, macro, atomic, and even galactic levels. The Institute finds its name in one of the most notable engineers in classical antiquity. Archimedes was an engineer, physician, mathematician, and astronomer whose inventions have laid the foundations for numerous modern designs. In an era of extreme innovation, we believe that student in the Archimedes Institute of Engineering will dream and design creative works that lay foundations for future designs that the human mind has not yet conceived, improving the quality of life for future generations.
Degree of Study:
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
NOTE: Degrees with a * are coming soon! All other degrees listed on this page are currently offered in person at the CVCU campus.