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Advising: Core Curriculum

Pre-Occupational Therapy Core (BSOT*) Requirements

The list below does not include pre-occupational therapy major or cognate requirements. Other professional program requirements will vary from this list. (Also compare to core requirements for general degrees - BA, BS, or BCS.) Visit the Off Campus Programs page to find out how a semester or interim abroad can fulfill some of the core requirements below.

Core gateway

Category Courses Required Options
Developing a Christian Mind (DCM) one IDIS 150. Transfer credit not accepted for DCM.
First-Year Seminar one IDIS 149

Core competencies

Category Courses Required Options
Written Rhetoric one ENGL 101, ENGL 102. Must complete with a grade of "C" or better.
Foundations of Information Technology one IDIS 110 (Exemption exam offered); CS 100, 106, 108; ENGR 101
Rhetoric In Culture one CAS 101
Health & Fitness (Personal Fitness) one PER 101-119
Health & Fitness (Leisure & Lifetime) one PER 120-159
Health & Fitness (Sport, Dance & Society) one PER 160-189; KIN 223. A student participating in a varsity or junior varsity sport for a full season is exempt from the corresponding category.
Foreign Language Completion of one of the following: CHIN 202; DUTC 202; FREN 113, 202; GERM 123, 202; GREE 206; JAPN 202; KOR 202; LATN 202, 205; SPAN 202, 203. High school exemption possible.

Core studies

Category Courses Required Options
History of the West and the World one HIST 151, 152
Philosophical Foundations one PHIL 153
Biblical or Theological Foundations I one REL 121, 131. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Biblical or Theological Foundations II one If REL 121 (above), then REL 211-214, 221-224. - or - If REL 131 (above), then REL 230-235, 237, 243, 244, 251. Students must take at least one of their religion core courses at Calvin.
Persons in Community one PSYC 151
Societal Structures in N. America one SOC 151
Literature one CLAS 211; ENGL 200-234, 299; FREN 351, 361; GERM 303; GREE 302, 307; LATN 206, 300, 302, 304, 305; SPAN 309
Global and Historical Studies not required  
The Arts one MUSC 103, 106, 107, 203, 236
Mathematics one MATH 143; PSYC 255
Natural World (Physical) two CHEM 115 and PHYS 223. High school exemption possible.
Natural World (Living) one BIOL 141. High school exemption possible.
Cross Cultural Engagement one Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) Requirements


Core Capstone

Category Courses Required Options
Integrative Studies one PHIL 212 or 205. Transfer Credit not accepted for Integrative Studies.


* Calvin offers a 3-2 combined curriculum program with the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. A student participating in this program will spend three years at Calvin, apply for acceptance into the program at Washigton University, and if accepted, transfer to Washington University for two additional years of coursework and clinical training. Upon successful completion of the first year at Washington University, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science in Letters and Occupational Therapy from Calvin. Upon completion of the second year, the sutdent will receive a MSOT from Washington University. See current course catalog or for further information.