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Overview of the BELL Core

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Your BELL Core requirements
are in the three parts listed below.

Signature Courses (16 hours). These put Belmont’s unique signature on a liberal arts education by providing vertical structure and establishing two particular areas of strength.

  • First-Year Seminar (3 hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Communities (hours count elsewhere)
  • Junior Cornerstone (hours count elsewhere)
  • Senior Capstone (1 hour)
  • Writing, First and Third Year (6 hours)
  • Religion, First and Third Year (6 hours)

 

Foundations Courses (22 hours). These are the proper foundation of every human being’s education, representing a spectrum of learning that is roughly akin to the traditional liberal arts.

  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Social Science (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Lab Science (4 hours)
  • Wellness (3 hours)

 

Degree Cognates (0-15 hours). These distinguish the various degrees from one another, indicating the extension of liberal learning that is appropriate to each distinct degree. You are only required to take the hours listed under the particular degree you are pursuing. 

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): 15 hours
    • 3 additional hours in Social Science
    • 3 additional hours in Humanities
    • 6 hours in Foreign Language
    • 3 additional hours in Science

 

  • Bachelor of Science (BS): 15 hours
    • 6 additional hours in Social Science
    • 3 additional hours in Humanities
    • 3 additional hours in Math
    • 3 additional hours in Science

 

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): 12 hours
    • ECO 2210: Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
    • ECO 2220: Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)
    • MTH 1150: Elementary Statistics (3 hours)
    • 3 additional hours in Humanities

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): 10 hours
    • MTH 1151, Elementary Statistics for the Sciences
    • PSY 1100: General Psychology (3 hours) OR
      • PSY1200: Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)
    • CEM 1020, General, Organic, and Biochemistry (4 hours)
    •  
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH): 13 Hours
    • BIO 1120, Principles of Biology II (4 Hours)
    • MTH 1151, Elementary Statistics for the Sciences (3 Hours)
    • PSC 1300, U.S. and World Affairs (3 Hours)
    • ECO 2220, Principles of Microeconomics (3 Hours)
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  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW): 12 hours
    • 6 additional hours in Social Science
    • MTH 1550, Elementary Statistics
    • PSY 1100: General Psychology (3 hours) OR
      • PSY1200: Introduction to Psychological Science (4 hours)

 

  • Bachelor of Music (BM): no Degree Cognates

 

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): no Degree Cognates