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Health Science Course Descriptions

BIO 118   Medical Terminology 2 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: Fall, Winter

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.

BIO 150 Biology I: From Molecules to Cells 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Fall, Winter Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only

Biology 150 is a course which, together with Biology 151, is designed to give the student a broad experi­ence in the biological sciences. This course empha­sizes the cellular and molecular aspects of biology. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

BIO 267     Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150; BIO 118 recommended; designed for science majors and minors - not for general education; Term Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

This course is a study of human anatomy and physiology with virtual human cadaver labs as well as other hands on selected labs. Topics include: tissues and the following systems: integumentary; skeletal and articular, muscular, digestive; blood, cardiovascular and lymphatic circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, nervous, and their major diseases. This class is not for general education, it is specifically for science majors and minors. .  Laboratory included.

BIO 321     Microbiology 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150 and one semester of chemistry; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.

Microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, form, structure, reproduction, genetics, physiology, me­tabolism and identification, disease, transmission and control.  Written lab reports required.  Laboratory included.

CHM 130 Chemical Science 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100; ENG 107; LS 105; Fee: yes. Term: Fall, Winter; General Education option

A descriptive and mathematical look at chemistry for the non-scientist. Conceptual development and problem solving are emphasized. Introduction to concepts of chemistry, language and theories for general and organic chemistry. Study of atomic theory, acid-base theories, mole concept and biological molecules. Laboratory included.

CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 130; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

Brief survey of organic and biological chemistry, emphasizing applications to human physiology.  CHM 230 may not be used for major or minor credit in chemistry, biology, or forensic science.  Laboratory included.

HSC 101 Introduction to Health Professions 3 hours
Prerequisites: None

Introduction to Health Professions is designed to familiarize students with the various careers in the medical professions. Students will learn skills necessary for their healthcare career pathway including; working with others, communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, cultural considerations in the healthcare industry, problem solving, decision making, accepting personal responsibility and self management. Topics include: healthcare career clusters, health care systems and trends, job skills and demands including problem solving skills, environmental safety and infection control, medical ethics and liability, ethical and legal responsibilities, professionalism and employability skills, and cultural awareness and diversity in health care.

HSC 320 Nutrition & Exercise for Wellness 4 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 130 AND BIO 150 or BIO 267 Term: Fall, Winter

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.  Teaching methodologies will include: lecture, discussion, case studies with application of the healthcare process and formulation of care plans.

HSC 321 Nursing Informatics 2 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150; BIO 267, CHM 130; CHM 230; ISC 312 Term:  Winter

This course will establish the foundational knowledge for understanding and practicing nursing informatics in a healthcare environment.  Nursing 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 nursing and healthcare applications.  

HSC 327 Pathophysiology 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150, BIO 267; BIO 321 Term: Fall, Winter

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 and action in related nursing courses.  The teaching methodology for the class is lecture and class discussion.

HSC 388    Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, SummerSupervised 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.

HSC 398 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150, BIO 267, PSY305; Term: TBA

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

HSC 408 Pharmacology in Nursing 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150; BIO 267; BIO 321; HSC 327; CHM 230; MTH 103 Term: Fall, Winter

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.

HSC 488    Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

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.

HSC 450 Community Advocacy & Public Health 4 hours
Prerequisite: POL/SOC/SW 385; Term: TBA

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.

HSC 491    Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; Health Science major; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

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

ISC 312  Junior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter;

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.

ISC 496A   Science Senior Seminar: Library Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter;

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.

ISC 496B   Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

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.

MTH 103  Health Science Mathematics 4 hours

Prerequisites: MTH 099; Term Fall, Winter

Applies basic mathematical skills in calculations required for the usual dosage determinations, as well as solution preparations using weight, metric, household, and apothecary systems.

POL/SOC/SW 385 Community and Organizational Change 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or ECN 202; Term: Fall, Winter

Analysis of communities and organizations as social systems, including examination of critical problems. Also examines intervention and change strategies that appear to be effective and how they can be applied. A service-learning component may be included.

PSY 305 Introductory Statistics 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or equivalent; Term: Fall, Winter

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

SW 200 Special Topics 2 hours

  • SW 200A Special Topics: Working with Substance Abuse
  • SW 200B Special Topics: Working with Children and Families
  • SW 200C Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness
  • SW 200D Special Topics: Working with Health Care
  • SW 200E Special Topics: Working with Diversity
  • SW 200F Special Topics: Working with Spanish Speaking Individuals and Communities
  • SW 200G Special Topics: Working with LGBT Individuals and Communities
  • Recommended Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

    Course addresses specific practice areas, populations and/or issues in order to provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into specialized topics that are not fully addressed in other courses. Offered on a rotating basis according to special interests and needs of students.