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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Minor

Intercollege Progam (BMH)

The tremendous current activity in the biomedical sciences affects both the public and private sectors, including medical care, the pharmaceutical industry, genetics, environmental epidemiology, agricultural science, the insurance industry, occupational health, forensic sciences, and behavioral variation. All these areas go beyond the science itself, with varied impact on people in different age, sex, ethnic, geographic, or economic segments of society. For that reason, life and health sciences research has major social implications that bear on humanities disciplines ranging from ethics and history to religious studies and literature, affecting clinical practice, agricultural practice and research, public policy and private investment. Understanding these issues is important for an informed citizenry. Students electing the BMH minor will start with a basic background of biology coursework, and will take a curriculum that includes 18 credit hours, beginning with an introductory course on basic ideas of bioethics, followed by a choice of other relevant humanities courses, and capped with an integrative course involving original research by the student. The minor will be suitable for students in almost any major, especially students going on to further academic work or careers in health, the life sciences, informatics, forensic or legal professions.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


BMH 490(3), PHIL 132 GH(3)/RL ST 131 GH(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 12 credits, at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level, and one course must be selected from the list of Ethics courses:
Ethics (select at least one course from this group) BB H 301(3), BIOL 461(3), NURS 464 US;IL(3), PHIL 432(3) or S T S 432(3), PHIL 498(1-9), WMNST 458 GS(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Humanities CAS 253(3), CAS 453(3), HIST 103 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Other ANTH 470H(3), ANTH 471H(3), CSD 269 US;IL(3), FD SC 280H GH(3), H P A 301W(3), KINES 345(3), NUTR 430 IL(3), WMNST 250 US(3) (Sem: 5-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-01-182

Review Date: 8/29/06

Co-chairs added by Publications: 06/06/07