Course Descriptions

4.00 credits: The first in a two course sequence in Physics. This course focuses on classical mechanics and topics include matter, motion, force, work, energy, power, fluids and heat. Examples provided during the course will include the application of physics to the human body. The course has a laboratory component.
4.00 credits: This is the second in a two-course algebra-based general Physics sequence with lab with an emphasis on areas that apply to understanding the human body. The focus of this course is electromagnetic phenomenon including electricity, magnetism, waves, light and optics and also includes nuclear physics. Examples of electromagnetism in the human body and biomedical applications will be used. This course has a laboratory component.
3.00 credits: This course provides a basic introduction to psychology. Topics discussed will include psycho-logical theories and clinical approaches to this science. Specific topics may also include historical foundations of psychology, physiological/biological psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, learning theory, cognitive psychology, personality theories, abnormal psychology and health psychology.
4.00 credits: This course discusses the principles and methods used in the study of genetics in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model systems. The topics include: Mendelian genetics, population genetics and genetic recombination and mutation. The course will also include an in-depth discussion of genetic processes (the structure and function of DNA, genes and chromosomes, replication, transcription, and translation). Genetic methods (theory and use) will be discussed the use of genetic methods to analyze genes and protein function as well as gene regulation. The genetics of disease (viral, cancer and inherited single gene diseases) as well as the genetics of the immune system will be discussed. The laboratory will address: inheritance of traits, genetic recombination, transformation, transcriptional regulation, and biotechnology techniques.
4.00 credits: The field of health psychology includes five principle health domains: individual, community, environmental, health systems and health policy. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with each of these five domains through an examination of the theoretical, empirical and clinical aspects of health. Students will learn to identify and analyze the causes and correlates of health and disease in an increasingly, interrelated and diverse world using research techniques. This course will pursue a global approach towards wellbeing, taking into consideration the social, political and historical context of such issues in each environment. We will discuss the health status of different countries and the role of lifestyles and behaviors on individual outcomes, especially in industrialized countries.
3.00 credits: This course surveys both theory and practice of health care from prehistoric times to the present day. Major topics will include herbalism, nutrition, childbirth, surgical procedures, pain management, sanitation, antibiotics, and mental illness. Perhaps the most important topic of all will be the history of disease, especially the Black Death and other pandemics. Special attention will be paid to the intersection of medicine and religion, the differences between allopathic and alternative forms of health care, and the historical roles of healers and health care institutions.
3.00 credits: Of all the things that human beings do, communication may be the most complicated. This is a cross between an academic course and a speech course, combining theory and practice, and borrowing information and ideas from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, history, and cultural anthropology. Major topics includes differences in communication styles, non-verbal skills, and the art of persuasion.
4.00 credits: Human Origins is the study of biological or physical anthropology. This will be a course that examines how humans biologically evolve. The class will explore concepts in the philosophy of science, evolution, genetics, osteology (study of bones), primatology (study of primates), and paleontology (study of extinct organisms). Ultimately, we will be using the tools this discipline provides to make an attempt at answering the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Science writing, the writing style of the discipline, will also be explored.
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