Biology: Health Sciences
At Emmanuel College, your neighbors are the world-renowned surgeons, researchers and experts of the famed Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Studying biology with a concentration in health science just steps from these world-class hospitals and research institutions gives our students immediate access and opportunity to intern and research with experts in every field of interest.
2013-2014 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. B.S. Biology with Concentration in Health Sciences
This program is structured for students interested in pursuing careers in the Health Sciences, including medicine, dentistry, and physician's assistant, nursing, or public health. Students must complete requirements for a B.S. in Biology and certain specified courses within the major. In addition, students must take PHIL1205 Health Care Ethics, and are encouraged to supplement from a list of Health Science-specific electives.
Requirements for Concentration in Health Sciences (in addition to the six core biology and four core chemistry courses):
BIOL2135 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
BIOL2137 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
BIOL3127 Microbiology with lab
Two BIOL electives that fulfill appropriate requirements for the Biology major (one must be at 3000 level; second can be either 2000 or 3000)
PHIL1205 Health Care Ethics (fulfills Moral Reasoning requirement)
BIOL4195 Research Internships in the Natural Sciences II
Or BIOL3211 Experiential Internships in the Natural Sciences with permission of instructor. A one-semester experience with approved research component
Or BIOL4178 Directed Study with permission of instructor
Students who declare the Health Science concentration will work with their advisor to ensure that other non-major requirements are met for post-undergraduate careers. Examples include:
Pre-Med/Dental: Calculus I and II; Physics I and II
Physician Assistant: Introduction to Psychology; Statistics
Students are also encouraged to consider the following electives to further enhance their studies in Health Sciences:
BIOL1211 Emerging Infectious Diseases
BIOL2113 Human Nutrition
ECON3113 Economics of Health Care
PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
SOC2123 Health Care: Systems, Structures and Cultures
Learning Goals + Outcomes
At the completion of a degree from the Biology Department, the student will have:
Working knowledge of general principles of biology, nature of living systems, cellular structure and function, molecular biology of the cell, mechanisms of membrane transport, fundamentals of enzymes, cellular receptors, and cellular reproduction.
Working knowledge of the diversity of living organisms, structure and function at the organismal level, the paradox of unity and diversity, differentiation and specialization, principles of evolution.
Working knowledge of the principles of inheritance, classical genetics, bacterial genetics, molecular genetics, genomics, and human genetic disorders.
Working knowledge of the chemical structure of the components of living systems (DNA, RNA, proteins, oligosaccharides and lipids), macromolecular interactions, enzyme function (including kinetics), metabolic pathways (including photosynthesis).
Working knowledge of biological techniques, including microscopy, spectrophotometry, dissection, care of laboratory animals, solution preparation, electrophoresis, centrifugation, extraction, purification, enzymology.
Working knowledge of laboratory safety, including collection of data safely, safe disposal of chemical and medical waste, and good laboratory practice.
Working knowledge of experimental design, data and error analysis, methods of biological analysis, computer technology used by biologists, and the types/uses of scientific search engine.