Entry Standing Level

The Entry Standing:

  • Determines which General Education requirements a student must fulfill and the number of interims that must be completed
  • Is assigned at the time of entry to Bethel
  • Is assigned at the beginning of the Postsecondary Enrollment Options, (PSEO) year for students participating in the PSEO program
  • Will not be changed from the original level assigned unless a student leaves Bethel and returns after a period of two or more years, during which they earned credits at another college or university and did not complete any courses at Bethel.

In 2017, Bethel updated the General Education program to require all students take GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing and GES 160 Inquiry Seminar. As such all incoming Freshmen and transfer students are required, based on their entry standing level, to successfully complete these two courses to earn their degree. 

Students who already have a Bethel Bachelor’s degree and who are completing a second degree or major are considered to have met all General Education requirements. They need only meet the requirements for the major, including the major residency requirement.

Helpful Notes:

  • Entries of 'Yes' mean students must take the course to complete their chosen degree
  • Entries of 'No' mean students are exempt from taking the course to complete their chosen degree
  • Students can meet the GES 125, GES 130, GES 160, THE 201, and L course requirement through the Humanities program, (courses: Ges 145, GES 147, GES 244, and GES 246) 
  • Until Fall of 2019, students who complete a course equivalent to PEA 100 prior to entering Bethel may use that course to meet the GES 140 course requirement.
Print Version: Entry Standing Level Chart for students entering Fall 2018

Entry Standing Level Chart for students entering Fall 2018

General Education Requirements by Entry Standing 2018-2019 2 3 4 5 6 Completed MNTC Completed A.A. B.A. or B.S.
Credits 0-25 26-43 44-57 58-89 90 +
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Artistic Experience (A) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
GES 160 Inquiry Seminar** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing* Yes Yes or PEA 100 Yes or PEA 100 No No Yes No
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS Choose 2: One must be at Bethel Choose 2: One must be at Bethel Choose 1: Must be at Bethel Choose 1: Must be at Bethel Choose 2: One must be at Bethel Choose 1: Must be at Bethel
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible Yes
THE 201 Christian Theology Yes
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) Yes
MATH, SCIENCE, and TECHNOLOGY
Mathematics (M) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Laboratory Science (D) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Science, Technology, and Society (K) Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
GES 130 Christianity and Western Culture* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) Yes Yes Choose L or G No No No No
Comparative Systems (G) Yes Yes Choose L or G No Choose 1: G,S, U, or Z No No
Second Language (S) Yes Yes Yes Yes Choose 1: G,S, U, or Z No No
World Cultures (U) Yes Yes No No Choose 1: G,S, U, or Z No No
Cross-cultural Experience (Z) Yes Yes Yes Yes Choose 1: G,S, U, or Z Yes Yes
SENIOR CAPSTONE
Contemporary Christian Issue (P)* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Interims that must be completed at Bethel 3 2 2 1 0 2 1

* Must be taken at Bethel.

** The GES 160 Inquiry Seminar requirement may be fulfilled by certain transfer courses or exams, such as (AP, CLEP, or IB) focused on college composition.


Print Version: Entry Standing Level Chart for students entering Fall 2019

Entry Standing Level Chart for students entering Fall 2019 

General Education Requirements by Entry Standing 2019-2020 Freshman Sophomore 1 Sophomore 2 Junior Senior Completed MNTC Completed A.A. B.A. or B.S.
Credits 0-30 30-44 45-59 60-89 90 +
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Artistic Experience (A) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
GES 160 Inquiry Seminar** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing* Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS Choose 2: One must be at Bethel Choose 2: One must be at Bethel Choose 1: Must be at Bethel Choose 1: Must be at Bethel Choose 2: One must be at Bethel Choose 1: Must be at Bethel
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible Yes
THE 201 Christian Theology Yes
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) Yes
MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY
Mathematics (M) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Laboratory Science (D) course Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Science, Technology, and Society (K) Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
GES 130 Christianity and Western Culture* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) Yes Yes Choose L or G No No No No
Comparative Systems (G) Yes Yes Choose L or G No Choose 1: G, S, U, or Z No No
Second Language (S) Yes Yes Yes Yes Choose 1: G, S, U, or Z No No
World Cultures (U) Yes Yes No No Choose 1: G, S, U, or Z No No
Cross-cultural Experience (Z) Yes Yes Yes Yes Choose 1: G, S, U, or Z Yes Yes
SENIOR CAPSTONE
Contemporary Christian Issue (P)* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Interims that must be completed at Bethel 3 3 2 1 0 2 1

* Must be taken at Bethel.

** The GES 160 Inquiry Seminar requirement may be fulfilled by certain transfer courses or exams, such as AP, CLEP, or IB focused on college composition or by a transfer course in college composition in combination with COM 110 Basic Communication or an equivalent course.