Belmont University Interdisciplinary Programs
The Institute for Computing Related Disciplines (ICoRD)
Glenn Acree, Director
Faculty: Bryon Balint, Joyce Crowell, Gary Garrison, William Hooper, Dan Johnson, James Pierce
ICoRD provides a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to meeting the growing need for a coherent core of computer education combined with the core work of other disciplines. The faculty fellows of ICoRD are drawn from the fields of computer science, mathematics, information systems management, art, and design communications and are working collaboratively to provide these interdisciplinary programs.
1. to prepare students to enter computing and/or technology related occupations.
2. to prepare students for graduate study and/or professional studies.
3. to guide students to think independently and creatively.
4. to guide students to understand applications, formulate and translate problems, and write meaningful algorithms.
5. to enable students to solve problems by identifying connections, recognizing patterns, using multiple strategies, and employing appropriate tools.
6. to enable students to communicate ideas related to their disciplines orally, visually, and in writing.
7. to encourage students to become contributing members of an engaged, responsible community of scholars.
ICoRD Programs of Study
Students whose interests are too broad to fit other more traditional degree programs may select from two interdisciplinary B.S. degree programs.
Minor in Database Administration
|Database Administration Minor||Hours|
|CSC 1110 Programming I||3|
|CSC 1120 Programming II||3|
|ISM 3620 Business Data Management and Analysis||3|
|ISM 3720 Database Administration||3|
|Six hours selected from ISM courses numbered 3000 or above||
Minor in Web Development
|CSC 1110 Programming I||3|
|CSC 1120 Programming II||3|
|ART 1400 Digital Imaging||3|
|ART 1700 Web Page Design||3|
|ART 2450 Interactive Media||3|
|Three hours from ISM 3200, ISM 3620, ISM 3730, or CSC courses numbered 2000 or above||3|
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In addition to the interdisciplinary majors in ICoRD, shared / interdisciplinary majors that are listed under an existing school or department include:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Second Language Acquisition (minor only)
Engaged Scholars Program
The Engaged Scholars program promotes and recognizes our undergraduate students' participation in forms of academic development that extend beyond the traditional classroom. An Engaged Scholar is recognized for meeting a series of activities and for achieving specified levels of attainment- some curricular and some co-curricular- that substantially involves her/him in serious experiential learning and/or promotes greater self-ownership of her/his learning experiences.
Students are strongly encouraged to enter the program as early as possible but no later than 4 semesters prior to graduation. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in order to be admitted and to remain in the program (no GPA requirement for admission of first semester freshmen). To achieve the status of Engaged Scholar, a student must satisfy through the proper completion of an activity and reflection paper, five of the following nine categories. At least two of these categories must include a significant off-campus component.
Categories of Engaged Learning:
• Service Learning
• Significant Co-Curricular Activity
• Independent Research Accompanied by a Campus/Community Presentation or Publication
• Creative Project Accompanied by a Campus/Community Presentation or Publication
• Peer Tutoring
• Study Abroad
• Off Campus experience
• Student Leadership
For more information on the Engaged Scholars Program, please visit www.belmont.edu/engaged/.
SCH 1000 - 4000. Engaged Scholars Seminar (0). Students will register for the 0 credit seminar each semester they are a participant in the Engaged Scholars Program. The seminar will meet at least twice a semester and will include guest speakers, informal conversation, program orientation and assistance and perhaps group presentations and reflection.
CAS 1000 - 4000. Undergraduate Research (0-6). A course designed to give students the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The research project should conform to appropriate scholarship in the academic discipline of the faculty supervisor. The specific expectations, including outcomes, for the course and research project are worked out between the student(s) and the faculty supervisor, however there is a requirement that students give a public presentation of their work. No more than 6.0 hours of CAS 1000-4000 course credit may be used toward graduation, and credit is granted only as general elective hours, not hours toward a major or minor.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (R – Undergraduate Research).
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The Peer Tutoring Program, begun at Belmont in 1995, provides students with the opportunity to serve as a link between the professor and students in a class. The role of the tutor is determined between the tutor and professor. The Teaching Center serves as a resource for peer tutors by offering opportunities to exchange ideas and share experiences.
PTS 2920-4920. Peer Tutoring (1-3). By invitation of a professor, a student may serve as a peer tutor for a course. Each peer tutor works with the professor to define the specific role in the class, which may include helping conduct classes, leading study or discussion sessions, and helping students master the course material. The Peer Tutor also participates in a seminar conducted by the Teaching Center. The Peer Tutor does not grade or keep other records for the class.
Students who are working on jobs that directly relate to their academic major or occupational goal may receive elective unit credit for work with employers approved by the co-op director. Students may be working part-time, full-time, off-campus, or on-campus in either paid or volunteer positions. Generally, students working part-time may receive three (3) hours of credit per semester; however, those students who receive special approval may earn up to six (6) hours of credit if they are working full-time. Students receive co-op credit only during the semester that they work. Co-op credit will not be given retroactively. Only six (6) hours of Cooperative Education credit will count toward the graduation requirement and must be eligible to count in the student’s degree program. Students may elect to participate in the cooperative education program to the extent that they meet the standards of the university and the guidelines in the Cooperative Education Student Handbook.
COOP 3000. Cooperative Education (3). Cooperative Education course related to major or occupational goal.
Second Laguage Acquisition Courses
SLS 3500. Second Language Methodologies (3). Pre-requisites: ENL/W 3500 or a 3rd year Foreign Language Course. This course, designed for students interested in teaching ESL or a foreign language, will through classroom instruction and a required integrated experiential learning component focus on methods of second language instrction.
SLS 1900-4900. Second Language Directed Studies (1-3). Directed Studies.
SLS 1950-4950. Second Language Study Abroad (2-18). Study Abroad.
Pathways to Science, Technology, and Mathematics
SCI 1000-4000. Pathways to Science, Technology and Mathematics Seminar (0). This course is required for all School of Sciences majors in the Pathways Scholars program funded by the NSF S-STEM grant #0850041 - Pathways to Science, Technology, and Mathematics. The seminar will include activities, instruction and discussions concerning the importance of communication skills and mathematics preparation in the sciences. Students will read and present articles (appropriate to their ability level), keep journals of their academic and industry experiences, and write paper summaries and research protocol documentation. Beyond the freshman year, the seminar will have a greater focus on individual academic and career paths, ensuring that the knowledge and resources for specific research or internships aims of the students are provided.