Health Science, B.A. Requirements

Program Director:Erin O'Hea Office: Shields Science Center 212 Phone: 508-565-1708eohea@stonehill.edu

The B.A. in Health Science requires the completion of 17 courses.

Complete Nine Core Courses

Code Course Credits

BIO 101

Biological Principles I

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to the concepts of molecular biology, the cell, energetics and genetics.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

BIO 102

Biological Principles II

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to the principles of evolution, biodiversity, and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101.
Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

CHM 113

General Chemistry I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The fundamentals of chemistry are covered including: matter and measurement, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, and an introduction to chemical kinetics and equilibrium.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

CHM 221

Organic Chemistry I

Offered: Spring Semester

The basics of organic chemistry are covered including: structure and bonding of alkanes, alkenes, aromatic hydrocarbons and alkynes; functional groups containing heteroatoms; chromatography; spectroscopy; stereochemistry; methods of studying organic reaction; and an introduction to mechanisms of organic reactions.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 113 (with a grade of C- or better - starts with the Class of 2019).

4

HCA 105

Healthcare Foundations

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines the parts of the healthcare system in the U.S. in light of the Affordable Care Act and stresses the patient and family as the primary focus of the system. Who are the players in health services? What are the structures of the system and the behaviors of the system participants, and how does our present system prevent meaningful reform?

3

HCA 219

Epidemiology

Offered: Spring Semester

The role of epidemiology as a tool for analyzing health problems in managerial settings. Introduction to study designs, bias, confounding, and significance; association and causation.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

PSY 101

General Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Principles underlying physiological psychology, learning, perception, altered states of consciousness, human development, human memory and emotion, personality, social behavior, intelligence, and the behavior disorders.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite for all other courses in the Department except PSY 261 and PSY 204.
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

HSC 475

Internship in Health Science

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

112 hours of relevant clinical experience (e.g., volunteering and/or shadowing in hospitals, clinics, private practices, working as an EMT or CNA, etc.).

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Internship Coordinator and Health Science Program Director. Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.
Only one internship may count towards the major.

3

Complete One Pair of the Following Courses

Code Course Credits

BIO 203

Human Anatomy and Physiology I     AND

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to the human body. Fall semester focus includes integument, skeleton, muscles, and nervous system. Spring semester focuses on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urogenital and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and Junior or Senior standing

4

BIO 204

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to the human body. Spring semester focuses on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urogenital and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 203 and Junior or Senior standing

4
OR

BIO 311

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy     AND

Offered: Fall Semester

System-by-system comparative study of vertebrate anatomy with emphasis on functional morphology. Integrated lecture/lab approach.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 312

Vertebrate Physiology

Offered: Spring Semester

Principles governing the function of excitable and contractile tissues, respiration, circulation, kidney function, and osmoregulation in vertebrates with emphasis on the maintenance of homeostasis.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

Complete One of the Following Courses

Code Course Credits

BIO 211

Cell Biology (WID)

Offered: Fall Semester

An overview of eukaryotic cell structure and function. Topics include: mechanisms of protein processing, vesicular transport, intercellular and intracellular communication; cell cycle regulation; cell proliferation, differentiation and programmed cell death. (CORE)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102 (with a grade of C- or above - starting with the Class of 2019).
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement for Biology and Neuroscience majors.

4

BIO 218

Nutrition

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to nutritional biology. Topics include: nutrients and their role in growth, development, health and disease treatment.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 or BIO 203.
Recommended for science majors and for students interested in nutrition-related fields.

3

Complete Two of the Following Courses

Code Course Credits

BCH 343

Biochemistry I

Offered: Fall Semester

Structure and dynamics of amino acids, peptides and proteins. Enzyme mechanisms and kinetics. Function and mechanisms of coenzymes, survey of carbohydrates, lipids, biological membranes and nucleic acids. An introduction to the bioenergetics and mechanisms of metabolism.

Corequisite(s): CHM 222.

3

BIO 301

Parasitology

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

An exploration of parasites and their complex life-cycles. We will study a wide variety of parasites, their hosts, the vectors that carry them, and the diseases that they cause. We will emphasize human diseases and the immune responses to parasites.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 309

Microbiology

Offered: Spring Semester

A survey of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria. Topics include: microbial cell biology, growth, metabolism, and genetics; control of microbial growth; host-microbe interactions; and environmental microbiology.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 211 and Junior and Senior standing.
This course fulfills either the Molecular/Cellular or Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 310

Developmental Biology

Offered: Fall Semester

This course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of animal and plant development. The course will investigate and integrate the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms of development, organismal diversity in development, and the evolution of developmental processes. Topics will include genetics and gene expression, cell communication, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, axis specification, organogenesis, neural development, sex determination, morphogens, patterning, and stem cells.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 211 and BIO 212
This course fulfills either the Molecular/Cellular or Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 321

Biology of Cancer

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

Study of the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer and its effect at the tissue, organ and organismic levels. Symptoms, stages and treatment options, ongoing research studies, insurance issues, and the impact of the sequencing of the human genome will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 211.
Recommended for students who have taken BIO 212

3

BIO 324

Endocrinology

Offered: Spring Semester

The endocrine system plays an integrative and regulatory role in the organism. Therefore, endocrinology can be discussed in relation to complex biology and behavior. The role of hormones in a variety of topics, including reproductive biology, stress, and diabetes will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and BIO 211.
This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

4

BIO 409

Immunology

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the cellular and dissolved components and complex mechanisms that protect humans and other animals from disease. Four hours of lecture per week includes review and in-depth investigation and discussion of immune-related disease in humans.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and BIO 211.
This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.This course may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

4

BIO 423

Virology

Offered: Spring Semester

Structure and biology of the viruses of eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Emphasis is on the interaction between viral genetic systems and the host cell environment and defense systems.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 211, BIO 212 and Senior standing.
This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.This course may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

3

NEU 400

Psychopharmacology

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Explores mechanisms of drug action, the ways in which the body metabolizes drugs (pharmacokinetics) and the resulting effect a drug has when ingested (pharmacodynamics). By drawing examples from clinical pharmacology, neurology and narcotic abuse we will gain a broad and balanced perspective of the current topics in psychotropic drug use and abuse.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 113 and CHM 221.

3

NEU 412

Neuroscience

Offered: Fall Semester

The nervous system is our liaison with the world. Tissues, organs, and molecules of the nervous system are identified. Brain anatomy, the action potential, neurons and neurotransmitters are discussed. Brain mechanisms underlying learning and memory, reproduction and addiction are examined. Conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 - BIO 102, BIO 211, BIO 312 or PSY 415.
Fulfills the Functional Organismic requirement for Biology majors.Fulfills the Capstone requirement for Neuroscience and may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

4

Complete One of the Following Courses

Code Course Credits

PSY 201

Developmental Psychology I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Study of child development from conception through preadolescence. It emphasizes an understanding of developmental research methods and theories and examines the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and moral aspects of development.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 203

Developmental Psychology II

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Study of human development from early adulthood to death. It emphasizes an understanding of developmental research methods and theories and examines the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and moral aspects of development. (PSY 201 is not a prerequisite for this course).

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 207

Abnormal Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course employs the DSM-V system of classifying and describing emotional dysfunctioning. It explores the etiology, course, and treatment of major disorders. Dynamics and treatment modalities are approached from the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and existential models. Examination of research and case studies, and a possible practicum experience.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 320

Introduction to Health Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examination of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect health, recovery and adjustment of patients with serious health problems (e.g. cancer and heart disease), the efforts people make in promoting good health and preventing illness (weight control, smoking cessation, etc.), the treatments received and the strategies used to cope with medical problems and their stress/pain.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 415

Brain and Behavior

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Structure and function of nerve cells and the nervous system. Research methods in biopsychology, effects of brain damage, physiological principles underlying sleep, eating, abnormal behavior, drug effects, and memory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

Complete Two Elective Courses

Students may choose any 300- or 400-level courses in Biochemistry (BCH), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Healthcare Administration (HCA), Health Science (HSC), Neuroscience (NEU), or Psychology (PSY).

Internships may not count as electives.

Recommended Additional Courses

Students should choose the following additional courses as needed for graduate or professional school programs.

Code Course Credits

BIO 212

Genetics

Offered: Spring Semester

Classical genetics of eukaryotes, the biochemistry of gene function, regulation of gene expression, mutation and repair, and genetics of prokaryotes and viruses. Laboratory work stresses classical and molecular genetics research techniques. (CORE)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and BIO 211

4

BIO 220

Community Nutrition

Offered: Alternate Years Spring 2016, 2018

Students will become familiar with community-based programs focused on nutrition and those in which nutrition is a component. Students will develop a practical knowledge, innovative approaches to community nutrition as well as an understanding of different nutritional needs of varying cultural and demographic populations. Through field visits, students engage in dialogue with public health experts who influence community nutrition practice.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 218.

3

CHM 222

Organic Chemistry II

Offered: Fall Semester

The mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry relating to nucleophilic substitution, elimination, additions to carbon-carbon multiple bonds, aromatic substitution, addition and substitution at carbonyls, substitution alpha to carbonyls, rearrangements, and polymerizations. The organic chemistry of natural compounds (e.g. peptides, carbohydrates, etc.) is introduced.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 221 (with a grade of C- or better - starts with the Class of 2019).

4

CHM 232

General Chemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

The course further develops the introductory physical and analytical chemistry initiated in CHM 113, while introducing new topics in order to complete the coverage of all general chemistry concepts. The topics covered include gases, states of matter, solutions, nuclear chemistry, and an in-depth treatment of kinetics and the equilibria of acid-base, solution, and electrochemical reactions.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 113 (with a grade of C- or better - starts with the Class of 2019) and Sophomore standing or permission of both the Engineering Program Director and the Chemistry Department Chairperson.

4

MTH 125

Calculus I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Calculus of a single variable: functions, limits, derivatives, differentiation rules, applications of derivatives, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration, infinite sequences and series, first and second order differential equations. May not receive credit for both MTH 125 and MTH 119.

4

PHY 101

Basic Physics I

Offered: Fall Semester

Fundamentals of physics for students of biology. Topics in classical mechanics, heat and molecular view of gases; electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. Three periods of lecture and two hours of laboratory a week for two semesters.

4
OR

PHY 121

Physics I

Offered: Fall Semester

Brief introduction to vectors and basic concepts of calculus; kinematics; Newton’s laws, force, work and power; conservative forces, potential energy; momentum, collisions; rotational motion, angular momentum, torque; oscillations, simple harmonic motion; gravitation and planetary motion; fluid dynamics; kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics; heat capacity and transport.

Corequisite(s): MTH 125.

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