Health Science

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Health Science – Pre-Physician Assistant Guided Pathway here.

CourseCreditsDescription
BIO102 Biology II4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, cells, genetics, animal development and animal form and function. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO101. $125 lab fee.
BIO201 Medical Terminology1Medical terminology is the specialized language of health care practitioners. In this course, students will be immersed in word roots, prefixes, suffixes, eponyms and abbreviations used in medical language. Students will be expected to discern meanings and pronunciations of medical terms in general, and for medical language specific to body regions, organs and organ systems, tissues, medical diagnoses and procedures and diseases and disease treatment.
BIO211 Health Science Careers3This course requires students to explore specific aspects of their chosen career. For example, students will research educational requirements, professional licensure requirements, costs, employment opportunities and requirements, potential income, challenges and quality of life expectations. Students will also be required to write a resume and curriculum vita that is appropriate for health professionals. Sophomore standing.
BIO231 Anatomy & Physiology I4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central, unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to the integument and to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The anatomy and physiology of the integument and the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems will be examined, as will the special senses. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
BIO232 Anatomy & Physiology II4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The anatomy and physiology of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems will be examined, as will metabolism, fluid electrolyte and acid-base balance and development and inheritance. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO321. $125 lab fee
BIO241 Genetics4Genetics is a branch of biological science that affects every other biological discipline. Understanding the role that genetics plays in life is essential for any student of biology. This introductory course, required of all Health Science majors, will allow students to obtain the knowledge required to understand the role of genetics in all levels of life, from molecules to ecosystems. Topics discussed in this course will include, but are not limited to, genes, chromosomes, linkage, inheritance, DNA structure and analysis, DNA recombination and replication, translation, mutation, gene expression, genomics, proteomics, cancer, genetic engineering, developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, conservation genetics, epigenetics, DNA forensics, genomics and personalized medicine and stem cells. Prerequisite: BIO102.
BIO251 Microbiology
4This is an introductory microbiology course required for Health Science majors. Concepts covered in this course will include the metabolism, growth, molecular biology, gene expression, and genomics of microorganisms, virology, microbial evolution and diversity, microbial ecology, pathogenicity, antimicrobial agents and immunology. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO102 and BIO241.
BIO324 Pathophysiology4This course studies the physiological changes that occur in the body as a result of disease processes. An understanding of the normal structure and function of the human body is required as disease development can only be understood from that context. In addition, because some disease processes are studied at the level of the cell and tissues, some aspects of Pathology are included. Specific topics covered will include fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances; pharmacology and common therapies; pain; inflammation; healing; infection; immunity; disorders of the skin, musculoskeletal system, blood and circulatory system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, sensory organs, endocrine system, digestive system, urinary system and reproductive system; neoplasms and cancer; congenital and genetic disorders; pregnancy and adolescence; aging; immobility; stress; substance abuse; and environmental hazards. Prerequisite: BIO102, BIO241, BIO322.
BIO430 Health Science Seminar*3This is a capstone course for Health Science majors. The overall objective of this course is to provide a mechanism for students to synthesize knowledge gained through coursework into a comprehensive paper and presentation of their own creation. Students will work with the course instructor to develop a thesis topic that is centered in health professions that will function as the basis for the paper and presentation. Students will present their paper both in class and on Capstone Wednesday. Senior standing.
CHE102 General Chemistry II4This is the second of a two-part course on the principles of chemistry. Specifically, the principles of liquids, solids, intermolecular forces, solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, aqueous ionic equilibrium, free energy, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, radioactivity and nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry will be discussed. A major focus of this course is problem-solving skills. Also, science as a way of knowing is emphasized. This course is suitable for Health Science majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: CHE101. $125 lab fee.
CHE421 Biochemistry5This is the first of a two-part course on the principles of physics. Specifically, the principles of mechanics, oscillations, waves, and fluids, and thermodynamics will be discussed. A major focus of this course is problem-solving skills and experimental design. Also, science as a way of knowing and direct application of the scientific method is emphasized. This course is suitable for Health Science majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: MAT204.

Distributive Requirements

Health Science Electives3/4Pre-approved electives include: BIO310 Nutrition; BIO341 Cell Biology; BIO410 Advanced Physiology; BIO412 Immunology; BIO420 Medical Microbiology; BIO422 Neuroscience; PHY241 College Physics I; PHY242 College Physics II.

General Education Core

ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course.
English Elective3The Pre-Physician Assistant Track requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
History Elective 3The Pre-Physician Assistant track requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I HIS104 US History II
Fine Arts Elective 3The Pre-Physician Assistant Track requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
Math Elective (MAT204 required for Physics courses) 3The Pre-Physician Assistant Track requires students to take three Math credits.
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
MAT202 Statistics3 Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation. Sophomore Standing.
BIO101 Biology I4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, evolution, the diversity of life, plants and ecology. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College Core Curriculum. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
CHE101 Chemistry I4This is the first of a two-part course on the principles of chemistry. Specifically, the principles of matter, atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, chemical equations, laws of mass action, aqueous reactions, gases, thermochemistry, atomic quantum mechanics, periodic properties of elements and chemical bonding theories will be discussed. A major focus of the course is problem-solving skills. Also, science as a way of knowing is emphasized. This course is suitable for health science majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College Core Curriculum. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
PHI301 Ethics for the Professional3An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions. Junior standing required.
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
PSY102 Intro to Psychology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology.
ACT402 Unity Seminar3This seminar course asks students to look back on their time at the College and reflect on how courses and co-curricular activities informed their growth as people and students. Students will construct a portfolio demonstrating the core values of the college and present their findings to their peers.

General Electives

General Electives31/32The Pre-Physician Assistant Track requires students to take 31-32 general credits.
Total 120