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Health Sciences B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 83 to 93
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Rochester students majoring in the health sciences will receive an integrated education across the biological sciences, the physical sciences, the quantitative sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Students must complete at least 120 credits, including at least 80 credits in the major. All courses in the major must be taken A-F, unless the course is only offered S-N. The Health Sciences BS program prepares students for post baccalaureate education in a broad spectrum of health science related fields and for graduate programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; health profession careers, including certificate programs in the health sciences; professional schools in the health sciences; and entry-level science and laboratory positions in industry, government agencies, and universities.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 3 semester(s) of Spanish or approved alternate language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
All students are required to complete campus-wide requirements for liberal education and writing. UMR liberal education is integrated into the curriculum throughout the four years and follows the liberal education requirements on the UMTC campus, except that UMR requires all five themes. Writing and communication follows a writing-integrated curriculum and is incorporated throughout the curriculum across all courses. In addition to the requirements below, students are required to create a personalized capstone. As part of the capstone, students write a proposal that requires them to list credit bearing activities, reflect upon their holistic experience, and express how their capstone endeavors align with their personal and professional goals. It may be possible, in some unique cases, for specially approved capstones to fulfill or waive program requirements.
Foundational Courses
BIOL 2311 - Integrative Biology [BIOL, TS] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2331 - Anatomy and Physiology I [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1231 - Organic Chemistry I [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2331 - General Chemistry I [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CLI 1711 - University Experience I (1.0 cr)
CLI 1712 - University Experience II (1.0 cr)
CLI 2522 - Community Collaboratory (3.0 cr)
CLI 2713 - Career Exploration in the Health Sciences (1.0 cr)
ENGL 1433 - Introduction to Literature [LITR] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1161 - Statistics and Discrete Mathematics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
PHIL 1431 - Introduction to Philosophy [AH] (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1251 - Physics I [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
PUBH 2561 - Public Health: A Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
SOC 1571 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 1511 - Writing Studio I (1.0 cr)
WRIT 1512 - Writing Studio II (2.0 cr)
Additional Required Coursework
Ethics
PHIL 1441 - Introduction to Ethics [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 1641 - Social Justice and Ethical Decision Making [CIV] (3.0 cr)
Communication
WRIT 3511 - Communication Methods (3.0 cr)
or COMM 2711 - Communication in Professional Contexts (3.0 cr)
Language
SPAN 1521, SPAN 1522, SPAN 2521 can be replaced by a Spanish proficiency exam or an approved alternative language assessment.
SPAN 1521 - Spanish I (3.0 cr)
SPAN 1522 - Spanish II (3.0 cr)
SPAN 2521 - Spanish III (3.0 cr)
or an approved alternate language
Quantitative Reasoning
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· MATH 1110 - College Algebra with Physical Concepts [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· MATH 1111 - Precalculus with Physical Concepts [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· MATH 1171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· MATH 2161 - Biostatistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· MATH 2171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data II [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
Biological and Physical Sciences
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· BIOC 3321 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 3332 - Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3311 - Genetics [BIOL, TS] (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 3344 - Microbiology [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4312 - Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4342 - Neuroscience (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 4364 - Immunology (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4331 - Chemical Biology/Bioorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4333 - Physical Chemistry (3.0 cr)
· Humanities, Public Health and Social Sciences
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3471 - Gender and Sexuality Studies [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3481 - Technology and Society [TS] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3437 - History and Philosophy of Science [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3441 - Ethics of Medicine and the Sciences [AH, CIV] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3510 - Human Development across the Lifespan (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3512 - Principles of Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4512 - Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3531 - Health Policy in a Global Context [GP, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 3561 - Environmental Health and Environmental Justice [ENV, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 4561 - Introduction to Epidemiology: Research and Data Exploration (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3531 - Health Policy in a Global Context [GP, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3571 - Drugs and Society [DSJ, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3581 - Medical Sociology and Technology [SOCS, TS] (3.0 cr)
Capstone
Proposal & Reflection
CLI 3712 - Capstone Proposal Writing (1.0 cr)
CLI 4713 - Capstone Reflections I and II (2.0 cr)
or CLI 4711 - Capstone Reflections I (1.0 cr)
CLI 4712 - Capstone Reflections II (1.0 cr)
Activities
Student must complete a minimum of 6 additional credit hours of upper-division (3xxx+) coursework. These credits cannot be used to satisfy any other program requirements.
 
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BIOL 2311 - Integrative Biology (BIOL, TS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Writing-integrated, transdisciplinary design of introductory biology course with lab for health sciences major. Emphasis on scientific literacy, mastery of core biological concepts, the relationship of biology to health sciences and other major disciplines, lifelong learning and citizenship. Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. coreq: WRIT 1512
BIOL 2331 - Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course examines the shape, structure, and function of human body and its parts including basic anatomy, structure, and function of body systems and special senses. Specific attention is spent differentiating the anatomy and physiological workings of the Integument, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous including the special senses, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive and Urinary systems. Case studies and laboratory activities are used in within a reduced-lecture delivery method to provide a student-centered, active-learning environment. prereq: 2311
CHEM 1231 - Organic Chemistry I (PHYS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to organic chemistry. Atomic theory of matter. Reaction stoichiometry, bonding, hybridization, functional groups, IR spectroscopy, thermochemistry, organic acids/bases, stereochemistry. Conformational analysis of cycloalkanes. Chemical kinetics. Classification of organic reactions. Aliphatic nucleophilic substitution reactions. Biological examples. Lab. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in MATH 1161, [high school chemistry or equiv preferred and three years high school math required]
CHEM 2331 - General Chemistry I (PHYS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
SI units, factor conversion and essential physical magnitudes. Structure, properties and behavior of gases, liquids and solids. Ideal gases. Thermochemistry. Nature of light and quantum atomic theory. Periodic table and periodic trends. Chemical bond and molecular structure. Intermolecular interactions and phase change. Solution chemistry and stoichiometry. Chemical equilibrium. Acid-base reactions. Chemical applications to Health Sciences. Lab. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in MATH 1111 or equivalent; high school chemistry and three years of high school math
CLI 1711 - University Experience I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: Admitted to Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Orientation to University environment and skills required to be successful in the transition to college. Students will explore themes of personal responsibility, diversity, and self-awareness. Students will develop skills in time management; financial management; academic strategies; physical, mental, and sexual health; and conflict resolution. prereq: Admitted to Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)
CLI 1712 - University Experience II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: 1711 or #
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Exploration of strengths and values in understanding self. Students will take a strengths-based approach to academics, teams and relationships, and an introduction to a wide array of health careers. Students will also explore themes of self-awareness in relation to diversity and difference, beliefs, and making meaning of the college experience. prereq: 1711 or instr consent
CLI 2522 - Community Collaboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The academic goal of this course is to extend the student learning experience into the local community. Responding to needs identified by local public, private, and nonprofit organizations, students will confront the challenges present in complex human systems and contribute to projects aimed at improving the quality of life in Southeastern Minnesota. In doing so, students participate in sustainable and meaningful partnerships between the University of Minnesota Rochester and the surrounding community. Students will also have the opportunity to build relationships with people of different backgrounds and life experiences, to broaden their worldview, to critically and creatively examine community concerns, and to discover their own capacity to affect change in the world around them.
CLI 2713 - Career Exploration in the Health Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will introduce students to career development theories and the Career Decision Making Cycle as they explore diverse health career fields. Students will build upon their assessment of values and strengths completed in CLI 1712 and engage in self-reflection to increase self-awareness. Students will be asked to apply their interests, skills, values and strengths to intentional career decision making. Students will develop the skills to write effective resumes and cover letters, as well as networking and interviewing skills. Prereq: 1712 or instr consent
ENGL 1433 - Introduction to Literature (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic techniques for analyzing/understanding literature and developing critical thinking skills. Readings of novels, short stories, poems, plays.
MATH 1161 - Statistics and Discrete Mathematics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploration of statistical analysis in a health sciences context, using technology and active/peer learning. Build statistical inferences from scientific methods. Gather, sort, describe, arrange and construct visual representations of data sets and generate basic predictive models. Introduction to probability and data distributions, leading to inferential statistics. prereq: three years of high school math
PHIL 1431 - Introduction to Philosophy (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course examines historical and contemporary philosophical problems and introduces students to the standards for evaluating philosophical arguments. Some of the problems that may be examined include: the existence of god, the nature of knowledge, the relationship between the mind and the body, the nature of personal identity, and the problem of free will. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems. The course also includes an integrated project with Writing.
PHYS 1251 - Physics I (PHYS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An activity-based introductory physics course focused on concepts of motion, force, energy, fluid dynamics, and oscillating systems. The course develops problem solving skills through a systematic decision-making framework and develops knowledge through a formal disciplinary integration and application to biomedical and other real world application. The laboratory component enhances knowledge and promotes good experimental design, techniques, and technical writing. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [MATH 1111 or equiv] or [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in MATH 1171 or equivalent] or MATH 2161
PUBH 2561 - Public Health: A Global Perspective (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introductory overview of public health; history and contemporary principles, core disciplines, systems, problems/challenges, applications, career opportunities, etc. Discussion of the complementary roles of public health and healthcare systems in developed and developing countries. Application of public health principles to case studies from around the globe.
SOC 1571 - Introduction to Sociology (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to foundational ideas and research techniques in sociology. Includes a critical engagement with core concepts, including the sociological imagination, socialization, culture, the interplay between individuals and institutions, and social stratification. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in MATH 1161
WRIT 1511 - Writing Studio I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to and practice of writing. Integrated into freshman academic coursework. Formal/informal writing assignments. Critical reading skills. Principles of audience, purpose, and argumentative strategies. prereq: Only Rochester-admitted students will be able to enroll in this course.
WRIT 1512 - Writing Studio II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Drafting, revising, editing. Integrated into freshman academic coursework. Formal/informal writing assignments. Critical reading skills. Principles of audience, purpose, and argumentative strategies. Library. Annotated bibliography. prereq: Writ 1511 or instr consent
PHIL 1441 - Introduction to Ethics (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course introduces students to basic ethical theories and examines several contemporary ethical problems. Some of the problems that may be examined include: income inequality, immigration, the right to die, the right to health care, civil disobedience, just war theory, paternalism, animal rights, and capital punishment. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems. The course also includes an integrated project with Writing, Biology, and Sociology. prereq: 1431 or instr consent
SOC 1641 - Social Justice and Ethical Decision Making (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Utilizes foundational sociological concepts to systematically explore the role of policies, regulations, values, norms, and social structures in reinforcing or undermining inequality. Students will exercise decision-making in the context of ethical dilemmas regarding inequality, stratification, research ethics, and biomedical ethics. Students will use reasoned arguments and evidence to support a position on an ethical issue.
WRIT 3511 - Communication Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/practices of interpersonal, small group, organizational, scientific, and technical communication. Theory and analysis of public presentation of information. Oral presentation skills. Visual communication. Small group work. prereq: Writ 1512 or instr consent
COMM 2711 - Communication in Professional Contexts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Course focuses on the role of communication skills for professionals in a health care context. Students will develop public speaking skills including the use of presentation software. Students will learn theories of communication and how to effectively communicate through both verbal and nonverbal channels. Students will explore the role of interpersonal, group, and organizational communication in health care settings.
SPAN 1521 - Spanish I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
A communicative approach for beginners to grammar and vocabulary within the context of daily life in both personal and professional interactions. Focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in culturally and situationally appropriate ways. Includes an initial exploration of Spanish within the healthcare environment. Students should expect to build their knowledge bank with a large amount of vocabulary necessary to form meaningful conversations. Lecture is limited; class time is spent primarily in small group practice.Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. Students who have previously studied Spanish are expected to take the placement exam before enrolling in a course.
SPAN 1522 - Spanish II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
A communicative approach to grammar and vocabulary within the context of daily life and the healthcare environment in both personal and professional interactions. Focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in culturally and situationally appropriate ways. Students should expect to continue building their vocabulary knowledge bank and deepen their understanding of grammar structures. Lecture is limited; class time is spent primarily in small group practice.Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. Students must have received at least a C- in Spanish 1521 or have placed into 1522 through the placement exam.
SPAN 2521 - Spanish III
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
A communicative approach to grammar and vocabulary at the intermediate level within the context of the healthcare environment in both personal and professional interactions. Focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in culturally and situationally appropriate ways. Students should expect to review and deepen previously covered grammar structures and learn in-depth medical Spanish vocabulary. Lecture is limited; class time is spent primarily in small group practice.Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. Students must have received at least a C- in Spanish 1522 or have placed into 2521 through the placement exam.
MATH 1110 - College Algebra with Physical Concepts (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The goals of this course are to strengthen fundamental quantitative reasoning skills and gain exposure to fundamental physical concepts by exploring topics including unit conversion; number sense; polynomial, rational, and exponential/logarithmic equations and expressions; introductory graphing; systems of equations and variation. Quantitative reasoning skills will be motivated by exposure to fundamental physical concepts. Students learn to simplify expressions and solve equations using mathematical and logical symbols and quantitative techniques, to communicate results clearly, and the importance of these skills to physical sciences. This course goes beyond the usual coverage in three-year high school mathematics curriculum. prereq: three yrs high school math
MATH 1111 - Precalculus with Physical Concepts (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The goal of this course is to make students proficient in quantitative reasoning skills relevant to fundamental algebra concepts, in depth treatment of functions and graphs, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential/logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, vectors, matrices and systems of equations with a focus on the use of physical sciences contexts. Students learn to model real world situations, graph, simplify expressions and solve equations using mathematical and logical symbols and quantitative techniques and communicate results clearly. This course goes beyond the usual coverage in three-year high school mathematics curriculum. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [MATH 1110 or equiv] or placement exam;
MATH 1171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differential/integral calculus of a single variable. Optimization, numerical methods. Differential equations, graphing. Functions of several variables and Introduction to partial derivatives. Applications emphasize biology, health sciences, and integration of mathematical models. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 1111 or placement exam or instr consent
MATH 2161 - Biostatistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Using real data, students will develop their conceptual understanding of statistical hypothesis testing and think critically about sampling techniques and experimental design. Students will choose appropriate hypothesis tests for research questions and correctly complete ANOVA tests, non-parametric tests, log/odds ratio tests, logistic regression and survival analysis. Students will use Microsoft Excel and make extensive use of SAS to perform the computational parts of hypothesis testing and produce meaningful graphical representations. Students will develop their ability and confidence to discuss statistics in groups, present findings and communicate results. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 1161
MATH 2171 - Calculus, Modeling, and Data II (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Differential/integral calculus of a single variable. Sequences and series. Differential calculus of multiple variables. Systems of differential equations. Matrices. Phase plane analysis. Applications emphasize biology, health sciences, and integration of mathematical models. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 1171 or placement exam
BIOC 3321 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
In this course students gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of current knowledge in biochemistry through an active learning, student-centered approach. Students examine the structure of macromolecules essential to life (including proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates). This analysis gives special consideration to the manner in which molecular structure dictates function. Additionally, students examine the enzymatic pathways responsible for synthesis and degradation of macromolecules, the regulation of enzymes that catalyze these reactions, and the energy expended or produced during these processes. Such pathways include carbohydrate metabolism (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle), lipid metabolism (beta-oxidation, lipid synthesis), and oxidative phosphorylation. Students apply these concepts to problem solving within the field, while also gaining confidence in his/her communication of biochemical principles through collaborative, team-based activities. prereq: BIOL 2311, CHEM 2231, and CHEM 2333; or instr consent
BIOL 3332 - Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course reviews and elaborates on the basic anatomy, structure, and function of body systems and special senses, concepts/principles of body organization, histology, and hematology topics covered in BIOL 2331. Attention is given to understanding how those systems and concepts are related to higher order physiological phenomena such as: 1) Our ability to sense stimuli and respond (nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system and immune response); 2) The complex mechanisms/requirements for homeostatic regulation (relationship between nutrition and metabolism and water and ion balance in the human body); 3) Reproduction and fertility​; 4)​ shape, structure, and function of human body and its parts. Case studies and laboratory activities incorporate problem solving and applications to health sciences within a student-centered, active-learning environment. Strong emphasis on experimental design and execution. Prereq: Grade of at least C- in 2331 or placement test
BIOL 3311 - Genetics (BIOL, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced introduction to genetic information, including molecular aspects of inheritance and disease; gene expression and regulation in cells/organisms; population genetics; mutation and molecular evolution; genome organization; gene databases; and pedigree analysis. Incorporates ethical, social and legal perspectives relevant to advances in genetic technology and increasing availability of human genetic information. Taught utilizing student-centered, active learning and writing-integrated approaches. prereq: 2311, CHEM 1231, CHEM 2331
BIOL 3344 - Microbiology (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Microbiology examines the evolution, structure, physiology, metabolism and genetics of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Students also examine the dynamic impact of microbes on humans and the role of microbes in the environment. This course is taught using student-centered, active learning and writing integrated approaches. Students apply these concepts to problem solving within the field, while also gaining confidence in his/her communication of microbiology through collaborative, team-based assignments. In the accompanying laboratory, students gain exposure to and develop a variety of current microbiology techniques. prereq: grade of at least C- in [2311 or equiv], [CHEM 1231 or equiv], [MATH 1110 or equiv]
BIOL 4312 - Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Molecular biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Structure of genes and chromosomes. Mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription, translation. Regulation of gene expression. Processes fundamental to cells. Assembly/function of membranes/organelles. Cell division, cell form/movement, intercellular communication, transport, secretion pathways. Emphasis on molecular basis of cell functions. Lab. prereq: 3311, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in BIOC 3321
BIOL 4342 - Neuroscience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Investigation into principles of brain function from neurons to behaviors within the context of current technological advances in studies of the brain and nervous system. prereq: 2331; [2332 or 3311 or BIOC 3321]; or instr consent
BIOL 4364 - Immunology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The immune system is a complex amalgamation of cells and processes that are constantly interacting with the outside world to keep you safe from infection. Specific attention will be spent examining the general properties of the human immune system including: the structure, function and origin of participating tissues and cells, the general mechanism of the innate and adaptive immune systems and the development and deployment of self vs non-self. A multidisciplinary lens will be used to examine the social, ethical and historical perspectives of the immune system through specific cases of disease relevant to the health sciences and prevention of disease through vaccination. prereq: 2332 or 3344 or BIOC 3321 or instr consent
CHEM 4331 - Chemical Biology/Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics include: Chemical control of signal transduction; Polyketide biosynthesis; Non-natural amino acid insertion into proteins (in vivo nonsense suppression); Non-ribosomal peptides; Organic chemistry of polymerase chain reaction; Protein backbone modification - secondary structure stabilization; Chemical biology of fluorescent proteins. DNA binding antibiotics; DNA backbone modification; RNAi; Cell surface engineering through oligosaccharide biosynthesis. prereq: C- or better in 2231; Recommended BIOC 3321
CHEM 4333 - Physical Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: &MATH 2171, [Grade of at least C- in [2333], [PHYS 2251], [MATH 1171]];
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Statistical mechanics to understand macroscopic description of chemical phenomena: molecular energy levels, Boltzmann factor and partition functions. Chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, liquid-liquid solutions and chemical equilibria. Introduction to molecular spectroscopy. Principles of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in MATH 2171, [Grade of at least C- in [2333], [PHYS 2251], [MATH 1171]];
ENGL 3471 - Gender and Sexuality Studies (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is explores a variety of theories of gender and sexuality and explores the literary and media representations of gender and sexuality (both contemporary and historical). Students will be asked to think about the embodiment, performance and construction of gender and sexual identities; they will be asked to consider the ethical, social, and political dimensions of gender- and heteronormativity and the role of power in theories and manifestations of gender and sexuality. Prereq: 1433 or PHIL 1431 or HIST 1435 or instructor consent
ENGL 3481 - Technology and Society (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/contemporary analysis of technology. The course explores ways in which technology influences, and is influenced by, cultures and their values and how technology figures in modes of truth production. The course could explore perspectives that may include, but are not limited to the cultural, the psychological, the historical and the literary. Course is discussion-based and project-centered. prereq: 1433 or PHIL 1431 or HIST 1435 or instr consent
PHIL 3437 - History and Philosophy of Science (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course examines several historical and contemporary philosophical problems that arise within the context of scientific practice. Some of the problems that may be examined include: the nature of scientific explanation, the problem of induction, the problem of demarcation, the role of laws and models in scientific theorizing, the social responsibilities of scientists, and scientific realism. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems. prereq: 1431 or 1433 or 1435 or 1441 or instr consent
PHIL 3441 - Ethics of Medicine and the Sciences (AH, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course examines several contemporary ethical problems that arise within the context of medicine and scientific research. Some of the problems that may be examined include: the social responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies, the role of the family in medical-decision making, cognitive enhancement, the proper payment for research participation, direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceutical drugs, empathy and medical professionalism, and the permissibility of religious conscientious objection. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and historical origin of these problems and learn to critically evaluate possible solutions to these problems. prereq: 1441 or instr consent
PSY 3510 - Human Development across the Lifespan
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will emphasize the diverse cultural, social, socioeconomic, and historical contexts of human development throughout the lifespan and explore how these contexts directly influence biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial aspects human development. The course will cover the basic principles of human development including: major paradigms, research methods, the sequences and processes of development, and the joint contributions of biological and environmental influences. prereq: 1511
PSY 3512 - Principles of Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Abnormal psychology is the study of the classification, explanation and treatment of abnormal phenomena and mental disorder. In this course we will focus on the major concepts and controversies in the field. We will consider how abnormality is defined and classified, and how the biological, psychological, and sociocultural paradigms contribute to understanding and treating individuals with mental disorder. The multicausality of mental disorder will be understood using a diathesis-stress model. Common types of mental disorders will be covered with an emphasis on the phenomenology of the disorder (i.e., what it is like to have the disorder), the biopsychosocial causes of the disorder, and the major treatment approaches. Attention will be given to appreciating the impact of abnormal mental phenomena on the sufferer and their loved ones, and examining the values and ethics that apply to working with people with mental disorder. prereq: (PSY 1511 or equiv) or instr consent
PSY 4512 - Social Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social Psychology is the scientific study of how peoples' thoughts, feelings, and actions can influence and/or be influenced by others. This course covers topics that include, but are not limited to: research methods, ethics, and classic as well as contemporary research on topics including social influence and social cognition, self and person perception, attitude formation and change, prejudice and stereotypes, aggression and conflict, helping and prosocial behavior. pre-requ: 1511;
PUBH 3531 - Health Policy in a Global Context (GP, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
In this course, students will begin to explore the ways in which policy shapes: the lives and health of individuals, and population health. By comparing the varying health issues faced by populations around the world, as well as the ways different countries seek to meet the health needs of their citizens, students will begin to place health policy in the United States within a global context. Specific topics may include: environmental and social determinants of health; globalization and its impact on health outcomes; health care providers, health care payers, and health care reform; and the effect of public policy on population health, as well as individuals' mental and physical health.
PUBH 3561 - Environmental Health and Environmental Justice (ENV, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course explores how environments--both natural and built--can negatively impact human health outcomes. We will examine major environmental health issues; exposures/causes as well as possible approaches or interventions for reducing associated disease burdens in developing and developed countries. The course also provides an introduction to the concept of environmental justice or notion that all communities, regardless of socioeconomic status, should bear an equal burden of environmental hazards. prereq: 2561 or instr consent
PUBH 4561 - Introduction to Epidemiology: Research and Data Exploration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introductory overview of epidemiology--the basic science of public health. Topics covered to include history of the discipline, common epidemiologic measures, epidemiologic research designs, and basic statistics. The course also covers sources of public health data, public health surveillance, and outbreak investigation. Case studies and examples will explore epidemiologic topics/investigations in both developing and developed countries. prereq: (2561, MATH 1161) or instr consent
SOC 3531 - Health Policy in a Global Context (GP, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
In this course, students will begin to explore the ways in which policy shapes: the lives and health of individuals, and population health. By comparing the varying health issues faced by populations around the world, as well as the ways different countries seek to meet the health needs of their citizens, students will begin to place health policy in the United States within a global context. Specific topics may include: environmental and social determinants of health; globalization and its impact on health outcomes; health care providers, health care payers, and health care reform; and the effect of public policy on population health, as well as individualsâ¿¿ mental and physical health.
SOC 3571 - Drugs and Society (DSJ, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course will investigate a variety of causal factors for drug use, including environmental and biological, and situate these within their social, historical, and cultural contexts. Topics include drug use across cultures; social responses to drug use; drug use and race/class conflict; drug policy, legislation, and enforcement; drug treatment; mass media images of drug use and related activities. prereq: [1571 or 1641] or instr consent
SOC 3581 - Medical Sociology and Technology (SOCS, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
This course will explore the complicated interplay among health, illness, disease, health care systems, technology, biomedical science, and society. This course utilizes the sociological perspective to investigate the personal, social, cultural, and organizational, and technological issues that influence the health of people in the United States and globally. Topics include the role that society plays in the development of medical technologies, as well as the impact of those technological developments on population health, individual health, and the field of medicine. prereq: [1571 or 1641] or instr consent
CLI 3712 - Capstone Proposal Writing
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course focuses on all aspects of writing and submitting the Capstone Proposal for the BSHS degree. Students will propose a set of learning experiences which connect to a holistic theme. Capstone Proposals are reviewed by the CLI Faculty and must be approved before Capstone experiences can begin.
CLI 4713 - Capstone Reflections I and II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Student will complete this course in their final semester of their UMR capstone experience. This course intentionally integrates student life, the curriculum, and career exploration to facilitate student growth and professional development. The purpose of this course is to participate in, observe, analyze and interpret student’s capstone experience. To illustrate growth, students will record their observations and analysis throughout the semester and present their capstone portfolio in a public presentation.
CLI 4711 - Capstone Reflections I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Student will complete this course during the first semester of their UMR Capstone experience. This course intentionally integrates student life, the curriculum, and career exploration to facilitate student growth and professional development. The purpose of this course is to participate in, observe, analyze and interpret student’s Capstone experience. To illustrate growth, students will record their observations and analysis throughout the semester.
CLI 4712 - Capstone Reflections II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course intentionally integrates student life, the curriculum, and career exploration to facilitate student growth and professional development. The purpose of this course is to participate in, observe, analyze and interpret your capstone experience. To illustrate this growth, students will present their capstone portfolio in a public presentation.