The minor in bioethics requires at least seven courses completed with a grade of “C” or better. The science requirement is satisfied by four courses in biology or three courses in the natural sciences. The ethics requirement is satisfied by completing three courses in philosophy, theology, sociology, psychology, or health systems management. Finally, one interdisciplinary course is required (BIET 395: Special Topics). See below for detailed information about which specific courses satisfy these requirements. Students also must officially declare the minor by going on LOCUS to add the bioethics minor.
Please note that one of the three "ethics" courses must be taken at the 300-level. This means that in addition to BIET 395 one of the three "ethics" courses must be a 300-level course.
Students will choose one of the following areas to fulfill the science requirement.
Biology (BIOL) (all four)
- BIOL 101: General Biology I
- BIOL 111: General Biology I lab
- BIOL 102: General Biology II
- BIOL 112: General Biology II lab
Life Sciences (any three)
- ANTH 101: Human Origins
- ANTH 103:Bio Background for Human Social Behavior
- ANTH 104: Human Ecological Footprint
- ENVS 204: Evolution and Genetics
- ENVS 273: Energy and the Environment
- ENVS 281: Human Impact on the Environment
- ENVS 282: Human Environment
- NTSC 103: Life and Inquiry
- NTSC 109: Human Reproduction
All sections of the following courses count for the minor:
- PHIL 181: Ethics
- PHIL 182: Social and Political Philosophy
- PHIL 264: Health Care Ethics—Civic Engagement
- PHIL 284: Health Care Ethics
- PHIL 287: Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 325: Ethics and Case-Based Reasoning
- PHIL 369: Philosophy of Medicine
- THEO 182: Moral Problems: Medical Issues
- THEO 184: Moral Problems: Ecology
- THEO 185: Introduction to Christian Ethics
- THEO 186: Introduction to Religious Ethics
- THEO 342: Perspectives on Life and Death
- THEO 343: Contemporary Christian Sexuality
- THEO 344: Theology and Ecology (ESP 344: Environmental Studies)
The following courses count for the minor if the specific topic treated relates to bioethics:
- PHIL 324: Topics in Ethics
- PHIL 389: Contemporary Issues
- PHIL 398: Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy
- THEO 180: Theology and Interdisciplinary Study
- THEO 192: Moral Problems
- THEO 393: Religion and Ecology (ESP 398)
Or, choose AT MOST only one of the following HSM, PSYC, or SOCL courses:
- HSM 110: Health Care in America
- HSM 210: Introduction to Global Healthcare
- HSM 220: Aging in America
- HSM 203: Health Care—Vulnerable Populations
- PSYC 235: Psychology of Human Sexuality
- PSYC 238: Gender & Sex Differences & Similarities
- PSYC 349: Maturity & Aging
- PSYC 373: Health Psychology
- SOCL 226: Science, Technology and Society*
- SOCL 225: Sociology of Health Care
- SOCL 270: Sociology of Science*
- SOCL 272: Environmental Sociology (ESP 272)
* These courses count only when they address topics in bioethics.
- BIET 395: Special Topics (for example, Biology and Philosophy of Women; Environmental Ethics; HIV/AIDS; Reproduction & Reproductive Technologies, Death & Dying, The Human Use of Animals). Prerequisites: Must have completed two of the science requirements and two of the ethics requirements.
- Students may not major and minor in the same discipline.
- Majors: Not less than 21 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each major; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one major, not of more than one major.
- Minors and interdisciplinary minors: not less than 8 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each minor; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one minor, not of more than one minor or major.
- General exceptions to Rules 2 and 3 will be made if approved by the chairs/directors of the department(s)/program(s) housing each affected major and minor. A list of standing general exceptions will be maintained by the Dean's office.
- Individual student exceptions may be made in appropriate cases by department chairs and program directors.
- Departments and Programs may enforce stricter double-dipping policies than those stated above, which also should be provided to the Dean’s Office.