Health & Biomedical Sciences

Program Description

This major is designed specifically to prepare students to pursue the following post-baccalaureate degrees:

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
  • Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.)
  • Physician Assistant (P.A.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The health and biomedical sciences curriculum is strongly based in the physical and natural sciences in order to ensure that our students not only meet the prerequisites for admission to professional health science graduate programs, but also have the ability to flourish in these programs. Successful pre-professional health sciences students traditionally have heavy schedules that are front-loaded with chemistry, biology and math courses, ensuring solid preparation for advanced study.

The preferred characteristics of a healthcare professional have recently broadened from the sole focus of patient care to include social competence, leadership, the ability to communicate, and a host of other skills and attributes. Thus students in the program are required to take courses outside of math and science to help strengthen these skills. Furthermore, there are numerous opportunities in the Nevada and surrounding communities for applied learning opportunities in the health sciences, including service-learning programs, undergraduate research, internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing, among others.

Cottey College Core Requirements:

Writing(6 hours required)
FYS 101 First-year Writing Seminar3
WRI 102 College Writing II3
Math(3 hours required)
Choose one of the following:
MAT 110 College Algebra3
MAT 112 Statistics3
MAT 201 Calculus I4
Fine Arts (Choose from list)(3 hours required)
Humanities (Choose from list)(3 hours required)
Sciences (Choose from list)(4 hours required)
Social Sciences (Choose from list)(3 hours required)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Studies(3 hours required)
Fitness (Choose from list)(2 hours required)

Health Biomedical Sciences Program Requirements

Science I(36 hours required)
BIO 107/L Principles of Biology4
BIO 207/L General Zoology4
CHE 210/1 General Chemistry I5
CHE 212/3 General Chemistry II5
CHE 320/1 Organic Chemistry I5
CHE 322/3 Organic Chemistry II5
PHY 205 General Physics I4
PHY 206 General Physics II4
Science II(15-16 hours required)
You must complete a minimum of 4 courses from the following list.
At least two of the courses must be at the 300 level.
BIO 115 Human Nutrition3
BIO 211/L Anatomy & Phys I4
BIO 212/L Anatomy & Phys II4
BIO 204/L Genetics4
BIO 240/L Medical Microbiology4
BIO 301/L Molecular Biology4
BIO 401/L Advanced Topics in Microbiology4
BIO 440 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease4
CHE 310/311 Analytical Chemistry4
CHE 340/341 Biochemistry4
(We also recommend that you investigate the requirements of the program/s in which you are interested in enrolling before making your selections.)
Mathematics(7 hours required)
MAT 112 Statistics3
MAT 201 Calculus I4
Writing or Literature(3 hours required)
ENG or WRI 201 or above3
Oral Communication(3 hours required)
Choose one of the following:3
SPE 121 Interpersonal Communication
SPE 205 Gender and Communication
or a course approved by the Health Sciences Coordinator
Psychology(6 hours required)
PSY 101 General Psychology3
Choose one of the following:3
PSY 235 Biopsychology
PSY 240 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 245 Psychology of Personality
PSY 307 Lifespan Development Across Cultures
PSY 308 Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
PSY 321 Human Sexuality
PSY 335 Drugs and Behavior
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 351 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Ethics/Logic(3 hours required)
Choose one of the following:3
PHI 112 Introduction to Logic
PHI 205 Ethics
Social Justice(3 hours required)
OLS 205 Social Justice and Civic Engagement3
Fitness(3 hours required)
PHE 139 Lifetime Fitness3
Advanced Learning(3 hours required)
Internship, Directed Study, Research, Service-Learning3
Seminar & Capstone(5 hours required)
HSC 290 Seminar I1
HSC 390 Seminar II1
HSC 490 Capstone Project3
Required Courses87-88
Cottey Core27*
Total Requirements for B.S. Degree120

*Please note that some courses required for the core will overlap with courses required for the program, providing additional opportunity for elective coursework.

Sample Four-Year Program

Year 1FallSpring
CHE 210/211 General Chemistry 1 & Lab5CHE 212/213 General Chemistry 2 & Lab5
BIO 107/L Principles of Biology & Lab4BIO 207/L Zoology & Lab4
PSY 101 General Psychology3SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar3WRI 102 College Writing 23
HSC 290 Seminar 11
Year 2FallSpring
CHE 320/321 Organic Chemistry 1 & Lab5CHE 322/323 Organic Chemistry 2 & Lab5
Science II Elective4Science II Elective4
PHI 205 Ethics3WGS Requirement3
MAT 112 Elementary Statistics3MAT 201 Calculus 14
HSC 390 Seminar 21
Year 3FallSpring
PHY 205 General Physics 1 & Lab4PHY 206 General Physics 2 & Lab3
SPE 121 Interpersonal Communication3Upper level Psychology Elective3
Science II Elective4Science II Elective4
PHE 139 Lifetime Fitness3OLS 205 Intro to Social Justice & Civic Engagement4
Experiential Learning1Experiential Learning1
Year 4FallSpring
Science II Elective4Science II Elective4
Science II Elective4Science II Elective4
Elective3HSC 490 Capstone3
Total Hours: 120


Health and Biomedical Sciences Coordinator

Manjira Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry
212 Grantham
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2240


Brenda Ross, Ph.D
Professor of Chemistry
220 Grantham
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2215

Ganga Fernando, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201 Grantham
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2180

Manjira Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry
212 Grantham
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2240

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