Selected by The Daily Beast as one of the "Top Ten Hottest
Classes in America," Auburn University physics professor
Michael J. Bozack shares seven effective strategies for
outrageous academic achievement in college.
Learn from this popular Christian
professor the attitudes,
principles, and skills you need to
achieve success in college.
Michael J. Bozack, Ph.D.
Author, Scientist, Professor of Physics
Auburn University
What Readers are Saying
"Professor and personal friend, Dr. Mike Bozack has written an outstanding book called, "Street-Smart Advice to Christian College Students." It's a
must read "one-of-a-kind" for any student, parent, pastor and educator who wants to see a student succeed in college. Get a copy and see if I'm not
right on this one!"  
Pastor Bill Purvis, Cascade Hills Church, Columbus, GA
"This helpful book will be of immense assistance to freshman students at virtually any college. Among other helpful information, this interesting
tome will help students and parents alike better understand topics like the characteristics of the current generation of college students and the
unique challenges involved in attending a secular university."
The Alabama Baptist
"Love your references to real life situations . . . the 'get real' attitude you express . . . 'are you serious?' is my favorite comment . . . ties it all to real
life . . .  gets the point across that college is more than fun and games . . . there is a trade off for everything you do in life . . . time to trade in your
blankie for a reasonable amount of concentration, effort, focus, and accomplishment!"
LK, Texas
"This book has great advice, not only for students in college, but for their parents too. The Dr comes across as human and caring, which is
something the students need to know. I wish I'd had a book like this when I was in college, it never occurred to me to talk to my Profs, I thought
they were way too busy to take time for me. I just gave a book to my son who is starting his senior year, if I'd known about it earlier, my girls would
have received one too. There is advice for so many situations, coming from the insights of a professor who has many recollections of his college
years, and many examples from current and recent students. I would recommend this highly."
SC, Michigan
"Excellent book! I originally bought this book with the intention of putting it on the shelf until my children (now elementary and pre-school aged)
were ready for college. Wrong! From reading this book, I discovered that there are things I need to be doing now to help them develop a healthy
work ethic and attitude that are required to do well in high school and college. I will use this book to guide my own children as well as the
students with whom I work as a guidance counselor. This book proves that even physics professors have a sense of humor!  Well-written and
JN, Nebraska
"When I first picked up your book, I wondered what I would learn from it as a graduating senior. It was a pleasure to read your tough-love
approach and personal anecdotes, and I found that it is not simply a book for incoming freshman. The principles and ideas would be well-received
by Christians in every stage of life. I found myself examining my commitment to God as well as my work ethic and goals in life. You gave me the gift
of knowledge in the classroom, and through this book, you have given me the gift of wisdom. I am thankful for both"
Former AU Student
"My mother, who runs a dinky little Christian bookstore, put your book in my hands last night. She has done this sort of thing many times over my
lifetime and usually her gestures, although appreciated, end in boredom. Not so this time. I could hardly put your book down. Half of the book was
read by 1:00 this afternoon. I finished the rest of it this evening. By the way, I am a public school teacher and understand the calling you described
in your book about teaching in a secular environment."
RJ, Washington
"This book is a must for all students planning to attend college, as well as for the parents and teachers who work with them. It provides a realistic
glimpse of the hectic pace at major universities, exposes the academic and spiritual pitfalls which beset many students, and gives practical and
spiritual advice for handling it all. As the mother of an up and coming college student and as a public school teacher, I highly recommend this
TW, Georgia
Summer 2018 News

"Street-Smart" is currently ranked
in the top 20 books for Christian  
students sold by Barnes and Noble.

"Street-Smart" has been in the top
25 books for college students at
Books-a-Million for several weeks.

Thanks to for
carrying "Street-Smart" which
regularly ranks in their top 200
books on Christianity.
Table of Contents

1     Introduction
  • The Downward Trend in American Education
  • Why Money and Computers Aren’t the Savior
  • Monetary Value of Being a Good Student
  • Should Everyone Go to College?
  • What about Advanced Placement (AP) Courses?

2     The Students of Today
  • The Millennial Generation
  • Characteristics of Millennial Students
  • Riding the Crest of Grade Inflation
  • Surviving the Dreaded Freshman Year
  • Whatever Happened to Curiosity?
  • The Numbers and Nerds Hardship

3     Distinctives of Christian Students
  • Christian and Secular Students
  • Christian College or Secular University?
  • Role of the Christian Work Ethic
  • What Should Motivate Students?

4     Strategies for Academic Success
  • The Learning Onion
  • Strategy #1:  Developing Effective Study Skills
  • Strategy #2:  Time Management        
  • Strategy #3:  Test Taking
  • Strategy #4:  Using Campus Resources
  • Strategy #5:  Navigating the Career Process        
  • Strategy #6:  Setting and Achieving Goals
  • Strategy #7:  Changing Bad Student Habits

5     How Professors Work and Why You Should Care
  • Getting into Your Professor’s Mind
  • Why Students Fail Classes
  • Passion and Tough Love
  • Getting to Know Your Teacher Personally
  • What College Professors Do Besides Teach
  • Why There Are Few Good College Professors
  • Role of Gender in Learning
  • How Professors Grade

6     Managing Student Life
  • Enjoying College Life
  • Choosing a College Living Situation
  • Working During College
  • Getting Through College in Four Years
  • Handling College Relationships
  • Resisting Negative College Influences
  • College Sex, Drugs, Booze, Cigarettes
  • Influence of the Culture

7     Living the Christian Life as a College Student
  • The Importance of Quiet Time
  • Choosing a College Church
  • Being a Christian Witness on the Secular Campus
  • Valuable Christian College Ministries
  • Doing Volunteer Work in College
  • What to Do When the Bottom Falls Out
Campus Crusade for Christ:
Check out a piece I wrote for My Ministry Moment entitled Committing
Academic Suicide, which describes the difficult decisions a Christian
faces at key points in life.
About the Author

Michael J. Bozack is professor of physics at Auburn University (AU).
He received his B.S. and M.S. in physics from
Michigan State
University, a Ph.D. in surface physics from Oregon Health and
Sciences University (OHSU), and a M.A. in theology from
Conservative Baptist Seminary. Currently, he leads the AU Surface
Science Laboratory (
AUSSL) and is a founding member of the Center
for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3)
a top-rated National Science Foundation research facility.

He has published over 200 professional papers related to his research.
In the Christian community, he is best known for his work on the
point analogy to the trinity.  

Dr. Bozack has received numerous college teaching awards, including
the AU Outstanding Professor Award and the AU Alumni Teaching
Excellence Award. He teaches the popular Mythbusters physics
course at AU, emphasizing the role of physics in everyday life, which
was recently recognized as one of the
top college courses in America.
He is a committed Christian, scientist, and educator with a dynamic life

For years, he taught a large, weekly singles Sunday school class at
First Baptist Church, Atlanta, home of
InTouch Ministries and Dr.
Charles F. Stanley. Currently, he serves the Lord with Dr. Bill Purvis
Bill Purvis Ministries) at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, GA.
Contact Information:  M. J. Bozack, 270 Leach Science Center, Department of Physics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
Speaking Engagements:  
Dr. Bozack is able to accept a limited number of invitations in the
Southeast to speak to parents and/or students at church events.  
Recent Media:  
Check out an interview I did on the topic of "back to college" with
The Meeting House, Faith Radio WLBF, with host Bob Crittenden.