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Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree

Liberal Studies is a cross-disciplinary program designed to help you develop the skills that lead to success in lifelong learning and professional advancement, including: self-assessment, strong written and verbal communications skills, problem-solving and group processes, and creation and innovation.

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Courses in the major include:

This course introduces argumentation as a model of critical thinking. Arguments are analyzed and critiqued to develop skills in reasoning, using evidence, finding fallacious reasoning, and developing counterarguments and rebuttals.
This course requires students to integrate ideas and themes from previous courses within the liberal studies and general education programs while conducting research and analysis of real-world concerns and problems. Students compile a portfolio that includes work from all stages of the research, writing, and revising process. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 30 hours of the Liberal Studies major, including all core courses.
This course is a functional approach to Algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs including linear, quadratic, piecewise, rational, exponential and logarithmic, systems of equations and inequalities and matrices. Real world applications of each will be emphasized. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement via ALEKS Placement Exam

Students may select either HI 101, HI 102, HI 151, or HI 152:

HI 101 - History of Western Civilization I

This course examines the evolution of Western Civilization from ancient times to 1715. It seeks to provide a comprehensive background for subsequent studies through emphasis on the social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural development of Western Civilization.

HI 102 - History of Western Civilization II

This course examines the evolution of Western Civilization from 1715 to the present. It seeks to provide a comprehensive background for subsequent studies through emphasis on the social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural development of Western Civilization.

HI 151 - American History to 1877

This course examines the major developments in America from the founding of the early colonies through the Reconstruction Era. Primary focus is placed on those concepts that have shaped the nation such as Constitutionalism, slavery, individualism, and Covenant among others.

HI 152 - American History from 1877

This course examines the major developments in America from the period of the Industrial Revolution through modern times. Primary focus is placed on those concepts that have shaped the nation such as the free market, civil rights, Cold War, the role of government, and conformity among others.


Students may select either BI 100 AND BI 105 or BI 201 or CH 115:

BI 100 - Introduction to Biological Systems

This course introduces core concepts of biology, including: information flow, structure-function relationships, transformation of energy and matter, biological systems, and evolution.

BI 105 - Biological Investigation I

This course is an introduction to biological inquiry, including: biological laboratory procedures and techniques, applying the process of scientific investigation to biological systems, quantitative reasoning and analysis, and communication of biological findings. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BI 100 or instructor permission

BI 201 - Anatomy and Physiology I

This course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology, followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 100 strongly recommended

CH 115 - General Chemistry I

This course studies chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, bonding, measurements, the Periodic Table, solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students majoring in science or in pre-professional programs or allied health fields. Prerequisite: High School Algebra


Students may select either PY 101 or SO 101:

PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the scientific foundations of the study of behavior and a survey of basic topics of psychology such as sensation and perception, the brain and nervous system, learning and memory, language and thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, development, stress, and abnormal behavior. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in Psychology except PY 200, PY 211, PY 222 and PY 250 or MA 215.

SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology

This scientific study of human society emphasizes principles of the sociological perspective. Includes society, demography, culture, status, role, socialization, deviance, groups, organizations, stratification, and social change. Introduction to societal institutions: family, religion, education, politics, science, technology, medicine, and healthcare.

Students must select 18 credits from the below three areas. Students with upper level Literature, World Language, and Writing transfer coursework may seek approval toward Human Thought and Expression requirement below.

Natural Science/Math Area: Choose 6 credits from these choices

  • Biology 300-499
  • Chemistry 300-499
  • Geology 300-499
  • Math 200-499
  • Physics 300-499
  • Bellevue University currently offers courses only at the 100 and/or 200 level for Geology, Math, and Physics. Transfer credits in these areas may be used to meet this requirement of the Liberal Studies major.

Human Behavior/Human Civilization Area: Choose 6 credits from these choices:

  • Economics 300-499
  • History 300-499
  • Political Science 300-499
  • Psychology 300-499
  • Sociology 300-499
  • Women Studies 300-499

Human Thought and Human Expression Area: Choose 6 credits from these choices:

  • Art 300-499
  • Communication 300-499
  • Communication Studies 300-499
  • Economics 300-499
  • English 321
  • Philosophy 300-499

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