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Academic work done at a regionally accredited institution by incoming students will be accepted as transfer credit subject to all the regulations and restrictions that apply to resident credit.

Academic work which does not transfer to Bethel includes the following: courses considered to be developmental (e.g., orientation, time management, library skills); remedial (e.g., those in English, mathematics and reading); and vocational.

The transfer of credits from an institution that is not regionally accredited may be considered upon receipt of documentation that demonstrates equivalency regarding course information, equivalencies and learning outcomes. It is the student’s responsibility to provide this documentation.

Because courses with similar titles and numbering at different institutions may not be similar in content and course requirements, there is no presumption that a course at another institution can fulfill a particular Bethel general education or major requirement. The substitution of transfer course work for specific general education or major requirements is determined at the time of admission by the registrar and appropriate faculty. Current Bethel students must obtain permission for such substitutions from the chair of the division in which the course resides. The division chair will in turn seek advice from the appropriate department chair. Course substitution forms are available in the registrar’s office. Two-year college work may not be used to fulfill upper level requirements.

Students with more than 30 credit hours of previous Bethel course work do not fall under the provisions of the “General Education Competency for Transfer Students.” See current academic catalog for more information.

Students who intend to transfer work completed at Bethel to another institution should consult the other school for information on their policies. Credit is always granted by the institution receiving the credit.

If you’re interested in transferring into the nursing program at Bethel College, information contained in the documents below can serve as a guide:

Articulation agreements

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Bethel assures the acceptance of any Butler Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree for junior standing in a Baccalaureate program with the following provisions. Successfully completing the following will satisfy the Bethel College Competencies (writing, oral, mathematics) and general education distribution requirements in arts and humanities, sciences and mathematics, and social sciences.

Bethel will accept up to twelve hours in Competencies courses including:

  • Writing: a grade of “B” or better in:
    • EN 102 English Composition II
  • Oral: a grade of “C” or better in one of the following:
    • SP 100 Public Speaking
    • SP 102 Interpersonal Communication
  • Mathematics: A grade of “C” or better in one of the following:
    • MA 201 Intermediate Algebra with Review
    • MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
    • MA 131 College Algebra with Review
    • MA 135 College Algebra

Bethel will accept 27 hours in Distribution courses including:

  • Nine hours from two different divisions of Arts and Humanities selected from the following courses:
    • AR 100 Art Appreciation
    • AR 110 Fundamentals of Art
    • Art studio courses including jewelry, stained glass, drawing, printmaking or ceramics
    • HU 100 Humanities: Ancient to Medieval
    • HU 101 Humanities: Renaissance to Modern
    • HU 110 Humanities Through the Ages
    • LT 210 Introduction to Literature
    • LT 211 British Literature I: Origins to 1784
    • LT 212 British Literature II: 1784 to Present
    • LT 215 American Literature I: Colonial to 1865
    • LT 216 American Literature II: 1865 to Present
    • LT 218 Shakespeare
    • MC 100 Photography I
    • MC 101 Photography II
    • MU 100 Music Appreciation
    • Music Ensembles (including Chamber Singers, Vocal Ensembles, Band, Chorus, Jazz)
    • MU 221 Music History I
    • MU 222 Music History II
    • PL 290 Philosophy I
    • PL 291 Ethics
    • RS 190 New Testament
    • RS 190 New Testament
    • RS 210 Comparative Religion
    • TA 206 Introduction to Theater Arts
  • Nine hours from two different divisions of Science and Mathematics selected from the following courses:
    • BI 106 Critical Concepts in Biology
    • BI 110 General Biology
    • BI 120 Majors Biology I (Animals)
    • BI 130 Majors Biology II (Plants)
    • BI 250 Microbiology
    • CH 105 Basic Chemistry
    • CH 110 College Chemistry I
    • CH 115 College Chemistry II
    • MA 148 Calculus with Applications
    • MA 151 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
    • PH 103 Descriptive Astronomy
    • PH 130 Basic Physics
    • PH 143 General Physics I
    • PH 144 General Physics II
    • PS 100 General Physical Science
    • PS 102 Physical Geology
  • Nine hours from two different divisions of Social Sciences selected from the following courses:
    • BS 103 Human Sexuality
    • BS 105 Sociology
    • BS 106 Anthropology
    • BS 160 General Psychology
    • EC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • HI 121 History of Western Civilization I
    • HI 122 History of Western Civilization II
    • HI 131 US History I
    • HI 132 US History II
    • HI 201 History of World Civilization I
    • HI 202 History of World Civilization II
    • PO 141 American Federal Government

Core Requirements

All students who seek to earn a degree from Bethel College are required to complete a course that satisfied the Cross Cultural Learning requirement, a course that satisfied the Peace, Justice and Conflict requirement and to attend Convocation. Additionally, all seniors are required to take the Bethel College course BRL457: Basic Issues of Faith and Life.

Foreign Language Requirements

Foreign language requirements are viewed as graduation requirements and not as general education. Eight hours of foreign language must be completed to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree. Credits can be taken at Bethel or transferred from another institution as well as can be credited through testing at Bethel for competency.

Cloud County Community College students who complete the following Competencies and Distribution requirements are presumed to satisfy the Bethel College competency and distribution general education requirements.

Competencies: Twelve hours

  • Writing:
    • A passing grade in CM 101 English Composition I
    • AND a grade of “B” or better in CM 102 English Composition II
  • Oral: A grade of “C” or better in:
    • CM 115 Public Speaking
  • Mathematics: A grade of “C” or better in one of the following:
    • MA 110 Intermediate Algebra
    • MA 111 College Algebra

Distribution: Twenty-seven hours

  • Arts and Humanities: Nine hours from two different departments selected from the courses below:
    • AR 100 Art Appreciation
    • Art studio courses including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, stained glass, or jewelry and metal smithing
    • AR 180 Survey of Art History I: Ancient to Medieval
    • AR 182 Survey of Art History: Medieval to Post Modern
    • CM 121 Introduction to Literature
    • CM 122 American Literature I
    • CM 123 American Literature II
    • CM 124 World Literature and the Human Experience
    • CM 126 Bible as Literature
    • CM 140 Introduction to Theater
    • CM 148 American Cinema Appreciation
    • HU 201 Humanities I
    • HU 202 Humanities II
    • MU 100 Music Appreciation
    • Music ensembles: orchestra, band, choirs, jazz, etc.
    • MU 102 World Music
    • PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PH 101 Introduction to Critical Thinking
    • RE 102 Contemporary Christian Thought
    • RE 103 Religion in Contemporary America
    • RE 104 World Religions
  • Science and Mathematics: Nine hours from two different departments selected from the courses below:
    • MA 120 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
    • SC 101 General Biology
    • SC 103 Physical Science
    • SC 104 Geology
    • SC 105 General Astronomy
    • SC 110 Principles of Biology
    • SC 111 Microbiology
    • SC 129 Introduction to Chemistry
    • SC 130 General Chemistry
    • SC 131 Chemistry I
    • SC 140 College Physics I
    • SC 141 College Physics II
    • SC 142 University Physics I
    • SC 143 University Physics II
    • SC 199 General Zoology
  • Social Sciences: Nine hours from two different departments selected from the courses below:
    • EC 101 Economics I (macro)
    • PE 134 Personal and Community Health
    • SS 101 General Psychology
    • SS 107 Human Sexuality
    • SS 120 Western Civilization I
    • SS 121 Western Civilization II
    • SS 122 US History I
    • SS 123 US History II
    • SS 125 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SS 130 Introduction to Sociology

Core Requirements

All students who seek to earn a degree from Bethel College are required to complete a course that satisfies the Cross Cultural Learning requirement, a course that satisfies the Peace, Justice and Conflict requirement and attend Convocation. Additionally all seniors are required to take the Bethel College course BRL 457 Basic Issues of Faith and Life.

Foreign language requirements

Foreign Language Requirements are viewed as graduation requirements and not as general education. Eight hours of foreign language must be completed to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Bethel College assures the acceptance of any Hesston College Associate of Arts graduate as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student with junior standing.

Beginning with the Hesston College graduating class of 2001, Bethel College accepts the Associate of Arts degree as meeting the Bethel College lower level (100 and 200 level) general education requirements. All competencies and upper level (300 and 400 level) general education requirements must be met on the same basis as any other Bethel College student. The Bethel College Cross-Cultural Learning requirement must be met during the junior or senior year.

Some Bethel College degree programs have specific general education and grade point average requirements. Hesston College graduates entering these programs must meet these requirements to be part of these degree programs.

The Hesston College Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences graduates are not included in this agreement. Bethel College will assess the records of those graduates on an individual basis.

Pastoral Ministries Program at Hesston

By special arrangement, graduates of the Hesston College Pastoral Ministries Program may transfer to Bethel to complete a bachelor’s degree under the following provisions:

  1. 70 hours can be transferred to Bethel from the Hesston Pastoral Ministries Program. Additional hours may be transferred for courses beyond the 15 hours normally taken in the Hesston program that meet Bethel’s lower level general education requirement.
  2. Two religion courses (six credit hours) offered at Hesston that have been approved in advance by the Bethel College department of Bible and religion, taken by students in their sophomore year at Hesston with proper prerequisites, will be accepted for upper level credit.

For a more detailed account of transfer policy on this program, please see the Bethel College Registrar.

Hutchinson Community College students who complete the following Competencies and Distribution requirements are presumed to satisfy the Bethel College competency and distribution general education requirements.

Competencies: Twelve hours

  • Writing: A grade of “B” or better in:
    • EN 102 English Composition II
  • Oral: A grade of “C” or better in one of the following:
    • SH 101 Public Speaking
    • SH 210 Interpersonal Communication
  • Mathematics: A grade of “C” or better in one of the following:
    • MA 105 Intermediate Algebra
    • MA 106 College Algebra

Distribution: Twenty-seven hours

  • Arts and Humanities: Nine hours from two different departments selected from the courses below:
    • AR 101 Art Appreciation
    • AR 102 Art History: Modern
    • AR 103 History of American Art
    • AR 104 Art History: Paleolithic-Medieval
    • AR 105 Art History: Renaissance-Modern
    • Art studio courses including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, or jewelry
    • EN 201 Introduction to Literature
    • EN 202 British Literature I
    • EN 203 British Literature II
    • EN 204 American Literature I
    • EN 205 American Literature II
    • EN 206 Contemporary Literature
    • EN 207 Introduction to Shakespeare
    • MU 101 Music Appreciation
    • Music ensembles: orchestra, band, choirs, jazz, etc.
    • MU 208 History of Art Music of Western World
    • PL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PL 103 Introductory Logic
    • PL 104 Ethics
    • RE 101 New Testament Literature
    • RE 102 Old Testament Literature
    • RE 106 Introduction to World Religions
    • TH 115 Theater Appreciation
  • Science and Mathematics: Nine hours from two different departments selected from the courses below:
    • BI 101 General Biology
    • BI 102 Ecology of Environmental Problems
    • BI 104 Biology I
    • BI 105 Biology II
    • BI 112 General Microbiology
    • CH 101 General Chemistry
    • CH 105 Chemistry I
    • CH 106 Chemistry II
    • MA 110 Calculus
    • MA 111 Analytic Geometry with Calculus I
    • PY 101 Descriptive Astronomy
    • PY 103 Physical Geology
    • PY 110 Physical Science
    • PY 112 General Physics I
    • PY 113 General Physics II
  • Social Sciences: Nine hours from two different departments selected from the courses below:
    • EC 100 Macroeconomics
    • HI 101 American History: 1492-1865
    • HI 102 American History: 1865 to Present
    • HI 103 World History to 1600
    • HI 104 World History since 1600
    • PE 105 Personal and Community Health
    • PS 100 General Psychology
    • SO 100 Fundamentals of Sociology
    • SO 111 Cultural Anthropology

Core Requirements

All students who seek to earn a degree from Bethel College are required to complete a course that satisfies the Cross Cultural Learning requirement, a course that satisfies the Peace, Justice and Conflict requirement and attend Convocation. Additionally all seniors are required to take the Bethel College course BRL 457 Basic Issues of Faith and Life.

Foreign Language Requirements

Foreign language requirements are viewed as graduation requirements and not as general education. Eight hours of foreign language must be completed to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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