Whether you want to try something for the first time, or dive deep into your area of study, our courses offer you the opportunity to shine a light on what interests you. 

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HESO - Health and Society

BIOL 100: The Biology of Human Reproduction

An introductory course focusing on human reproduction to demonstrate some basic biological principles. The course includes discussion of cellular and organismal processes related to the development of human biological complexity. Current research in reproductive biology and its impact on the individual and society is considered. Lecture and laboratory. Primarily for non-science majors; credit not applicable to the biology major.
Units: 6
Also listed as Gender Studies 180

PHIL 120: Applied Ethics: Introduction to Biomedical Ethics

The course will examine moral dilemmas created or intensified by recent advances in medical technology and study ways of analyzing those dilemmas to make them more tractable. We will focus on examples such as euthanasia and the right to die, abortion, behavior modification, allocation of scarce medical resources, in vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, and human experimentation.
Units: 6
Also listed as Biomedical Ethics 120
Prerequisite: Recommended for freshmen and sophomores

GEOS 125: Natural Hazards

Natural disasters are commonplace and are becoming increasingly costly in terms of economic impact and loss of human life. Through readings, lectures, and interactive labs we examine the root causes of natural hazards such as landslides, flooding, earthquakes, and tsunamis. We consider also the role humans have in elevating common hazards into humanitarian disasters, including the potential impact of global climate change on future events.
Units: 6

ENST 127: Environmental Justice and Citizenship

Environmental degradation impacts some individuals and communities more than others: the poor, people of color, and certain nonhuman species and landscapes bear the brunt of our collective actions. This seminar pairs literary texts (novels, short stories and poems) with nonfiction essays on topics ranging from food production to indigenous rights. We will discuss and write about how these texts impact our understanding of fairness, justice, rights and responsibility.
Units: 6

GEOS 213: Geoenvironmental Health and Justice

A course investigating the links between geology and health, with a particular focus on issues of environmental justice. The course considers topics such as human lead exposure from soil and water, the links between air pollution and asthma, and environmental health concerns presented by a changing climate.
Units: 6
Also listed as Environmental Studies 202
Prerequisite: GEOL/GEOS 110, ENST 150, or CHEM 116

BIOL 222: Parasitology

Students will examine and compare the complex life cycles of a variety of parasites, including those of medical and veterinary importance. Specific topics covered within the course will include: parasite biochemistry, ecology, parasite evasion of the host immune system, host immune responses, and host behavior. The laboratory component of the course will include both live and preserved specimens.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: BIOL 150

BIOL 226: Microbiology

A study of microbial life with an emphasis on prokaryotes. Microbial physiology is examined in the context of how unique characteristics allow microbes to exploit a vast diversity of environments, including the human body. Laboratory exercises introduce students to techniques used to safely study microorganisms.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: BIOL 130 and BIOL 150, CHEM 116 recommended

PSYC 245: Health Psychology

This course explores the link between mind and body from various psychological perspectives such as social, clinical, and psychobiological. We will survey the role of stress, emotion, self-regulation, and individual differences as predictors of health and illness. We also will examine assessment, diagnostic, treatment, and ethical issues in psychophysiological disorders.
Units: 6
Also listed as Biomedical Ethics 245
Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or sophomore standing

PSYC 250: Psychopathology

A study of the major mental disorders. Theory and research into the origins of each disorder are examined from a variety of perspectives (psychoanalytic, biological, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic).
Units: 6
Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or sophomore standing

BIOL 260: Genetics

A lecture and laboratory study of the principles of inheritance, gene expression, introductory genomics, sex determination, and the concepts of historical and modern eugenics and genetic engineering.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and BIOL 130 and BIOL 170 (or concurrent enrollment) or ANTH 140

PSYC 260: Developmental Psychology

A study of the development of behavior and mental processes from conception through middle childhood. Topics include prenatal development, attachment, children’s language skills, social and cognitive development. A variety of theoretical perspectives are covered.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or sophomore standing

ETST 303: Race, Ethnicity and Health

The aim of this course is to introduce students to important health issues that different racial and ethnic communities face. The course will explore in-depth a range of issues relating to racial and ethnic health disparities and it will analyze these issues via structural, systemic and cultural frameworks.
Units: 6

ANTH 314: Global Health

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of global health, emphasizing health inequities, transnational health issues, and partnership-based approaches to meeting important public health challenges. Topics include social and ecological determinants of health as well as strategies for prevention and care. Analysis of historical case studies and discussion of contemporary health concerns. Discussion/lecture format; writing, exams and presentations.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

PSYC 335: Clinical Psychology

This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders. Each of the major approaches to conducting psychotherapy (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, etc.) is examined. Students also start developing their clinical assessment skills.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: PSYC 281 and PSYC 250 or 290

ANTH 340: Human Biology, Evolution, and Health

Students will develop an understanding of modern human biology as the outcome of interactions between evolved genomes and the myriad environments in which we are born, develop and live out our lives. Topics of study will include evolutionary approaches to reproduction, growth and development, health, behavior, adaptation, and life history.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: ANTH 140, BIOL 150, or consent of instructor

ANTH 342: Medical Anthropology

An introduction to the comparative, cross-cultural study of health, healing, and beliefs about the body and illness. Topics covered include: (1) biocultural approaches to understanding health; (2) social determinants of health (how social inequalities become embodied); (3) medical systems, including biomedicine, as cultural systems of knowledge and practice; (4) the social construction of illness and health; and (5) an introduction to global health.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, and ANTH 110 or 140

ANTH 344: Nutritional Anthropology

This course provides a basic introduction to human nutrition. It then considers the evolution of human nutrition through the study of primate nutrition and the putative diets of human ancestors. Finally, it considers anthropological approaches to understanding cross-cultural, intracultural, and life-cycle variation in modern human nutrition.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: ANTH 140 or consent of instructor

PSYC 350: Psychopharmacology and Behavior

An interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which behaviorally active drugs exert their effects, drawing on research in pharmacology, psychology, biochemistry, anatomy, and neurophysiology. Provides an understanding and appreciation of the role of behaviorally active drugs in people’s lives, today and in the past.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; at least one prior biology course recommended

BIOL 370: Human Physiology

An examination of how the body maintains homeostasis. The various physiological systems (e.g., respiratory and cardiovascular) will be studied at multiple levels of organization, from molecular and cellular to the macroscopic. This course is primarily aimed at students entering the health sciences. The course will have both lectures and a laboratory component.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: BIOL 150

PHIL 370: Advanced Studies in Bioethics

A seminar examining one particular issue or set of issues in bioethics.
Units: 6
Also listed as Biomedical Ethics 370
Prerequisite: PHIL 120 or two courses in philosophy

ANTH 377: Culture and Aging

This course uses ethnographic studies from non-Western and Western societies to understand how the experience of aging throughout the life course not only differs cross-culturally, but also within the same society over time in response to increased longevity and biomedical advances. Of particular concern will be cultural constructions of health, well-being, disability, and dependency, including in-depth analysis of aging in Asia.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or sophomore standing

UNIC 380: Health Career Exploration and Self-Reflection

This course will use discussion, alumni visits, and self-reflection through which students will engage in a process of exploration of careers in health care, broadly defined (ranging from medicine, physical therapy, other allied health careers, public health, and health-care related fields such as health care administration). Students will learn self-reflection and discernment based on their values and personal strengths.
Units: 2
Prerequisite: sophomore standing

BIOL 430: Immunology

This course will cover the basic concepts of immunology, including differentiation of immune cells, antibody structure and function, antigen-antibody reactions, the major-histocompatibility complex, the complement system, immune responses to pathogens, allergies and auto-immune diseases, and comparative immunology. The course will also examine recent advances in the field through current peer-reviewed publications. The weekly laboratory will examine the basic questions, experimental subjects, and procedures of the field.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: BIOL 130, BIOL 150, and junior standing; or consent of instructor

BIOL 431: Immunology (lecture only)

This course will cover the basic concepts of immunology, including differentiation of immune cells, antibody structure and function, antigen-antibody reactions, the major-histocompatibility complex, the complement system, immune responses to pathogens, allergies and auto-immune diseases and comparative immunology. The course will also examine recent advances in the field through current peer-reviewed publications. Lecture only.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

ANTH 542: Anthropology and Public Health

This advanced discussion seminar considers applied critical medical anthropology's contributions, in terms of theory, research, and practice, to addressing community and global health concerns. With a political-economic framework, we will focus on the social determinants of health and how both macrostructural forces and local conditions have to be considered for effective health development. Reading response papers, final research paper and presentation.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: ANTH 342 or ANTH 340, and junior or senior standing

ANTH 551: Anthropology of Biomedicine

This advanced seminar, for students who have already had an introduction to medical anthropology or to poststructural anthropological theory, draws from critical theory and ethnographic research to study biomedicine as a system of knowledge and social practice, including discussion of the radical societal changes and ethical debates arising from the global application of biomedical technologies. Response papers, final research paper and presentation.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: ANTH 342 or 200, and junior or senior standing

ANTH 552: Disability and Culture

Disability is a social and lived category fundamental to human experience. This advanced discussion seminar draws from experiential, reflexive, phenomenological, and critical approaches in cultural and medical anthropology to cross-culturally explore the subjectivities of perceived disabilities in both local and global worlds. Topics may include: autism, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chronic pain, d/Deaf culture, and other categories of social impairment. Papers, research paper and presentation.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or ANTH 342, and junior or senior standing