Course Requirements

Concentration Requirements

Students must also select a concentration and track within the major, and complete the requirements. Health Sciences concentrations include BioScience (with tracks in General; Medical; Lab Investigations; and Pre-nursing) and Public Health Studies (with tracks in General; Health Education, Community Health; and Health Policy and Administration). All majors will also complete one approved health ethics course, which, can apply to the Religious Dimensions or Philosophical Inquiry learning domains (REL 229 or PHL 229) within their liberal studies program, or to their track electives in the major (HLTH 229).

HLTH 201

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE

This course introduces students to the B.S. in Health Sciences undergraduate program. The course aims to introduce students to the range of disciplines (biological, sociological, psychological, and political) found within the health sciences, and how each contributes to our understandings of human health and illness. This will allow the students to better understand the nature of health care delivery and the methods that will best improve the health status of both individuals and the population.
Prerequisites:
A Health Science major is a prerequisite for this class.

HLTH 202

HEALTH RESEARCH LITERACY

The purpose of this course is to provide students the methodology and skills required for literacy in health, and to comprehend the results of health sciences research. In this course students seeking careers in the health sciences will go beyond the health literacy level suggested for the general public in preparation for professional practice in clinical, policy, administrative, and basic science fields.
Prerequisites:
A Health Science major is a prerequisite for this class.

HLTH 350

HEALTH SCIENCES CAPSTONE

The Senior Capstone will bring students from both concentrations in the Health Sciences major together in an opportunity to share biomedical and psycho-social perspectives in an examination of current health issues.

BIO 191

GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS

Focuses on the unity of life: its biochemical and cellular makeup and functions, the acquisition and utilization of energy, and the storage and utilization of genetic information. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee. CO-REQUISITE(S): Recommended: CHE 130 and CHE 131.
Prerequisites:
MAT 130 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 210

MICROBIOLOGY

Biology of microorganisms with emphasis on viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
BIO 191 is a prerequisite for this class.

REL 229

MEDICINE, ETHICS AND SOCIETY

Moral and ethical issues arising in contemporary biomedical advances and in health care from the perspectives of Religious Studies and of Philosophy.

PHL 229

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS

Moral and ethical issues arising in contemporary biomedical advances and in health care from the perspective of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

HLTH 229

ETHICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

This course provides an introduction to the ethical and moral theories that frame our response to fundamental issues in the health sciences. Moral philosophers, such as Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Immanuel Kant, all pose questions about the nature of right and wrong, and what is meant by a good life. The first part of the course examines the work of these philosophers and then uses them in order to think through specific topics, including: confidentiality, informed consent and end of life decision-making; health care disparities and health care reform; and global health ethics.