Courses

Applicants to the Health & Society Major are required to submit a completed Interest Form and application materials, have a 2.0 GPA and 24 credit hours, and have completed the Lab Science course requirement with a minimum grade of C-. The number of students who can declare this Major is capped. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are reviewed after the deadlines of September 15 and February 15. Please click here for a listing of current courses being offered for Spring.

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Foundation and Capstone Courses: (15-16 hours)

  • SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE:
    • PSYC 1300 or SOCI 1300 or ANTH 2301
  • LABORATORY SCIENCE:
    • For Track 1: BIOL 1301 (with lab BIOL 1101) or CHEM 1303 (with lab CHEM 1113)
    • For Track 2: BIOL 1300 or 1301 (with lab BIOL 1101), or CHEM 1303 (with lab CHEM 1113) or 1301
  • Ethics Course - choose one:
    • SOCI/ANTH 3301 Health, Healing & Ethics
    • PHIL 3376 Bioethics
    • PHIL 3381 Neuroethics
    • RELI 3309 Bioethics from a Christian Perspective
  • ANTH 3306 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • Capstone Course (must be taken after all other Foundation and Core courses are completed):
    • ANTH 4343 Biomedicine, Culture and Power
    • ANTH/MNO 4345/APSM 4355 Creating Global & Public Health Impact
    • ANTH 4348 Toxic Topics
    • ANTH 5336 Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • Others with approval of Director of Health & Society Program/Professor

Track 1: Physiological Emphasis

Track 1 is a B.S. Track only, 44 total credit hours; there is no B.A. option in this Track.

Core Courses: (6 hours required)
     MATH 1337 or STAT 2331
     PSYC 2332 Developmental Psychology

Electives: (22 hours; no more than 12 from any department; at least 15 at 3000-level or higher)
     ANTH 2415 Human Evolution
     ANTH 3303 Self, Culture and Mind
     ANTH 3307 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
     ANTH 3350 Good Eats, Forbidden Flesh
     ANTH 3351 Forensic Anthropology
     ANTH 4307 Global and Public Health
     ANTH 4343 Biomedicine, Culture & Power
     ANTH/MNO 4345/APSM 4355 Creating Global and Public Health Impact
     ANTH 4381 Internship
     ANTH 5310 Human Osteology
     ANTH 5336 Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
     APSM 2441 Anatomy and Physiology I
     APSM 2442 Anatomy and Physiology II
     APSM 4349 Health Policy
     BIOL 1302 Biology II
     BIOL 1102 Biology II Lab
     BIOL 3304 Genetics
     BIOL 3350 Cellular Biology
     BIOL 4106 Functional Anatomy and Histology Laboratory
     BIOL 4306 Human Physiology
     CHEM 1304 General Chemistry II
     CHEM 1114 General Chemistry II Lab
     CHEM 3371 Organic Chemistry
     CHEM 3117 Organic Chemistry Lab
     KNW 2303 Under the Influence
     PSYC 2351 Abnormal Psychology
     PYSC 3360 Health Psychology
     PYSC 4310 Cognition and the Brain
     PYSC 4320 Behavioral Neuroscience
     PYSC 4321 Behavioral Action of Drugs
     WGST 3380 Human Sexuality

Track 2: Social and Cultural Emphasis

The second track may be taken for the B.A. (35-36 credits) or the B.S. (43-44 credits).

Core Courses: (7 hours required)
     Methods (ANTH 3345, PSYC 3301 or SOCI 3311)
     APSM 2441 Anatomy and Physiology I

Electives: (13 hours for the B.A., 21 hours for the B.S.; no more than 12 from any department; at least 9 at 3000-level or higher)
     ANTH 3303 Self, Culture and Mind
     ANTH 3328 Gender Violence
     ANTH 3345 Ethnographic Methods
     ANTH 3348 Health as a Human Right
     ANTH 3350 Good Eats, Forbidden Flesh
     ANTH 4303 Political Economy of Health
     ANTH 4307 Global and Public Health
     ANTH 4343 Biomedicine, Culture & Power
     ANTH/MNO 4345/APSM 4355 Creating Global and Public Health Impact
     ANTH 4348 Toxic Topics
     ANTH 4381 Internship
     ANTH 5336 Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
     APSM 2442 Anatomy and Physiology II
     APSM 4349 Health Policy
     ENGL 3379 Disability - Gender, Care, Justice
     ENGL 3384 Literature and Medicine
     KNW 2303 Under the Influence
     PHIL 3364 Philosophy of Biology
     PHIL 3376 Bioethics
     PSYC 3341 Social Psychology
     PSYC 3360 Health Psychology
     PSYC 4320 Behavioral Neuroscience
     PSYC 4321 Behavioral Action of Drugs
     SOCI/ANTH 3301 Health, Healing and Ethics
     STAT 2331 Introduction to Statistical Methods
     WGST 3310 Gender and Human Rights
     WGST 3380 Human Sexuality
  

* Students on either track may take one elective from the other track. 

This program of study does not satisfy requirements for the MCAT or medical school applications. Students preparing for admission to health-related graduate school must consult with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor.