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Health Science Courses

Medical Terminology BIO 118

This course is designed for students with an active interest in the medical and paramedical fields. The course provides the student with the fundamental principles needed to understand medical vocabulary. The student will learn to use the techniques of word building with an emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and the meanings of medical terms.

Biology I: From Molecules to Cells BIO 150

Biology 150 is a course which, together with Biology 151, is designed to give the student a broad experi¬ence in the biological sciences. This course provides an introduction to the cellular and molecular aspects of biology, with an emphasis on biochemistry, cell structure and function, and genetics. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

  • Prerequisites: Co-requisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Fall, Winter Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Microbiology BIO 321

This course covers principles of microbiology, including microbial structure, metabolism, and growth. With emphasis on microorganisms and human disease, this course explores identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, and epidemiology. This course includes a laboratory component that focuses on practical applications of the material presented in lecture. This course is not for general education; it is specifically for science majors and minors. Laboratory included.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 150 and one semester of chemistry; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Chemical Science CHM 130

This course is intended for those students in health science programs requiring a course in basic chemistry. Topics introduced include: math and measurement, atomic structure, chemical bonding, naming and formulas, treatment of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and acid-base, and redox chemistry. The laboratory component complements lecture material while introducing students to a variety of experimental techniques. Laboratory included.

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry CHM 230

This course introduces basics of organic and biochemistry and meets the degree requirements for many health science fields. Organic chemistry topics include nomenclature, structure, and reactivity of hydrocarbons and functional groups. Biochemistry topics include structure, reactivity, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. The laboratory component complements and reinforces the topics covered in lecture. Laboratory included.

Topics in Health Care HSC 101

This course uses a research approach to focus on issues affecting healthcare in America. Topics include the sociological, psychological, economic, environmental, and ethical impact on health and the problems facing healthcare professionals. Fieldwork is required.

Nutrition & Exercise for Wellness HSC 320

Study of exercise, wellness and nutrition for pre-health professional students to provide skills necessary to determine nutritional needs, status, and habits of clients, throughout the lifespan and the health-illness continuum. The relationships between macronutrient intake, metabolism, exercise, and weight loss will also be explored. Teaching methodologies will include: lecture, discussion, case studies with application of the healthcare process and formulation of care plans.

Health Care Informatics HSC 321

This course will establish the foundational knowledge for understanding and practicing informatics in a healthcare environment. Healthcare informatics models and theories and the sciences that support it will be reviewed. The use of information technology to support decisions that promote safety and quality in patient-centered care, and concerns about protecting information and system integrity are addressed. Course assignments focus on healthcare applications.

Pathophysiology HSC 327

The course will concentrate on how physiological functions of humans are modified by internal and external environmental stressors. Underlying concepts and principles common to health deviations in all major physiological systems are presented. Knowledge gained from this course will provide the student with rationale for clinical decision making. The teaching methodology for the class is lecture and class discussion.

Cooperative Field Experience HSC 388

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

  • Prerequisites: : Junior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Introduction to Epidemiology HSC 398

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, or other health‐related outcomes, in human and animal populations. This course introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology, epidemiologic research. and introduces you to the findings of epidemiologic research in key aspects of health and disease; including chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, social epidemiology, outbreak investigation, properties of tests, and study design and surveillance.

Pharmacology HSC 408

This course presents the basic principles of pharmacology needed to safely care for patients. Emphasis is placed on concepts of pharmacology that guide all drug use; major classes of drugs with emphasis on mechanisms of actions; and patient care implications.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 150, BIO 271, BIO 272, BIO 321, HSC 327, CHM 230, MTH 103; Term: Fall, Winter
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Community Advocacy & Public Health HSC 450

Students will be introduced to community health concepts, resources, and skills related to the role and responsibilities of a Community Health Advocate locally, nationally, and globally. Special emphasis will be placed on factors to consider when working in community based settings; legislative and legal processes in local, state, and national health policy; characteristics of health models and plans; impact of culture and socioeconomic status on individual’s health, assessment of community issues from a health lens; communication; barriers to health care services; and related community resources. Particular skills include coalition development, developing a constituency/partnerships, advocacy, team building, and leadership. A practicum with a community partner is required.

Cooperative Field Experience HSC 488

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Independent Study HSC 491

Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

  • Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; Health Science major; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
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Junior Seminar ISC 312

Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS. Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work. In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports. The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one. A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity. This is the program’s writing intensive course.

Science Senior Seminar: Library Research ISC 496A

This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project. Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B. Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research ISC 496B

This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member. The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.

Health Science Mathematics MTH 103

Applies basic mathematical skills in calculations required for the usual dosage determinations, as well as solution preparations using weight, metric, household, and apothecary systems. Discussion on applying ratio and proportion, allegations, and business calculations in pharmacy operations.

Persons and Values PHL 126

Introduction to philosophy by way of a critical examination of some classic problems that shape human experience, which may include issues concerning the nature of reality, human knowledge, the nature of the self, the nature of justice, and the nature of the good.

  • Prerequisites: General Education option. Prerequisites: None. Offered every term.
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Ethics PHL 225

Introduction to normative moral philosophy through a survey of the major positions and thinkers in the history of ethics. The course also examines how these ideas and theories can be adapted to address the ethical dilemmas that confront persons and societies today.

Ethics in the Health Professions PHL 228

Survey of basic ethical considerations in contemporary issues in the health care professions. Case studies highlight the legal and moral aspects of patients’ rights, care of the newborn, quality of life, geriatric care and transplant surgery.

Introductory Psychology PSY 205

An introduction to the study of psychology as a behavioral and social science. Theories, principles and empirical findings about human and animal behavior are examined. Topics include perception, motivation, learning, development, physiology, memory, social influence, psychological disorders and others. General Education option.

  • Prerequisites: General Education requirement. Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Categories: Health Science Courses

Introductory Statistics PSY 305

Fundamental principles of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications to social sciences. May include use of statistical software.

Introduction to Life-Span Psychology PSY 321

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development throughout the lifespan. Course content will also include discussions of the special needs of hospitalized people of different cultural groups, ages, and genders and their need to balance normative developmental tasks with managing an illness.

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