Course Descriptions

ANTH2005 : HUMAN ORIGINS
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.
BIOL2010 : INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
4.00 credits: This course will cover the fundamental principles of biology, emphasizing the unity and diversity of living organisms from the molecular level of organization to the systemic level. Topics will include cell biology, genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. This course provides the foundation for future biology courses.
MAND3310 : MANDARIN FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
3.00 credits: Mandarin is the official language of China and is used by about one-fifth of the world's population. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning how to communicate in Mandarin at an introductory level in a healthcare setting. Students will learn the structure of the Mandarin language and how to express themselves accurately using simple sentences. Students will write and orally present a short story in written Mandarin characters. A working knowledge of Mandarin may be particularly useful for the student who plans to incorporate eastern approaches and modalities, such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine, into his or her practice.
MEDT1001 : MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
1.00 credits: An understanding of basic medical terminology is necessary for any education in the health sciences. Students will learn general medical terminology related to anatomy, physiology, pathology, treatments and medical specialties, including basic Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes. The online course will utilize written assignments, discussion forums and exams. Methods to analyze word structure as opposed to mere memorization of words serve as a foundation for this course.
BIOL4010 : MICROBIOLOGY
4.00 credits: This course is a study of micro-organisms. While the emphasis is on bacteria, the course will also cover viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow, and impact on society will be discussed.
CHEM2058 : ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1
4.00 credits: This course begins with a review of basic chemical concepts applied to organic molecules and then explores organic chemistry nomenclature, structural isomerism, and stereochemistry. The course includes an investigation of substitution, elimination, and addition reactions and examines the importance of these general concepts and reactions in biological systems. The laboratory component includes general lab techniques and understanding of basic laboratory concepts.
CHEM2059 : ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
4.00 credits: This course builds on the material covered in Organic Chemistry 1, focusing on the properties, reactions and synthesis of major organic functional groups and detailing the importance of these groups in biological systems. The laboratory component of this course provides experience in synthesis, purification, and instrumental analysis of organic molecules.
PSYC3210 : PSYCHOLOGY OF ADDICTION
3.00 credits: This class will explore the construction, meaning, and impact of addiction in historical, cultural, psychological, and neurobiological perspective. Particular attention will be given to the proposed neurobiological mechanisms associated with addiction and consciousness altering substances and behaviors. Biological and psychological explanations that have been and continue to be used to explain the etiology and meaning of addiction with be examined. This exploration will include considerations of the role of social, cultural, and population differences as they may relate to addictive behaviors.
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