2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University


Belmont University Interdisciplinary Programs

ICoRD | Program Enhancement Tracks | Interdisciplinary Majors
Engaged Scholars Program | Peer Tutoring

Some programs of study are designed to approach particularly large areas of investigation. These require expertise within multiple fields of disciplinary study, as opposed to the more traditional approach of single disciplines engaging problems yielding to a narrower mode of exploration. Of these Interdisciplinary Programs (listed below), some are majors that cross the boundaries of two traditional disciplines, while others are much broader, interweaving courses from multiple Schools and Colleges within the University as a whole.

  The Institute for Computing Related Disciplines (ICoRD)

Sarah Ann Stewart, Director

Glenn Acree, Joyce Crowell, Gary Garrison, Pete Giordano, Robert Grammer, William Hooper, Dan Johnson, Lori McGrew, Karen Wieckert


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 art, biology, business, computer science, mathematics, and psychology and work 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 three interdisciplinary B.S. degree programs.

• B.S. in Web Programming and Development
• B.S. in Neuroscience
• B.S. in Applied Discrete Mathematics

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Minor in Database Management
Database Management Minor Hours
Requirements 18
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


Total   18

Program Enhancement Tracks

Students in any of the traditional degree programs who wish to enhance their computer expertise and improve their résumés may select one of the three Program Enhancement Tracks offered by ICoRD (12 hours - available to any degree seeking student) in Database Administration, Web Development, and Systems Programming

Database Administration - Students who complete the following 12 hours earn a ICoRD program enhancement track acknowledgement in the creation, maintenance and application of data base services.

Database Administration Hours
Requirements 12
CSC 1110 Programming I 3  
CSC 1120 Programming II 3  
ISM 3620 Database Management 3  
ISM 3720 Database Administration 3  
Total   12

Systems Programming - Students who complete the following 12 hours earn a ICoRD program enhancement track acknowledgement in the development and maintenance of system programs.

Systems Programming Hours
Requirements   12
CSC 1110 Programming I 3  
CSC 1120 Programming II 3  
CSC 2110 Computer Organization 3  
CSC 4180 Operating Systems 3  
Total   12

Web Development - Students who complete the following 12 hours earn a ICoRD program enhancement track acknowledgement in web page design and development.

Web Development Hours
Requirements   12
CSC 1110 Programming I 3  
CSC 1120 Programming II 3  
ART 2450 Interactive Media 3  
ISM 3990 Human Computer Interaction 3  
Total   12

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Interdisciplinary Majors

In addition to the interdisciplinary majors in ICoRD, shared / interdisciplinary majors that are listed under an existing school or department include:

Environmental Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Studies
International Economy
International Business
European Studies
Second Language Acquisition (minor only)

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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
• Internship
• Off Campus experience
• Student Leadership

For more information on the Engaged Scholars Program, please contact Dr. David Julseth, Program Director, and/or 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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Peer Tutoring

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.

Cooperative Education

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.