Health Minor

The minor in health is designed to provide students with a broad base of knowledge for healthful living. Courses required in the minor include aspects of health from a variety of disciplines that assist the individual in health promotion and maintenance and disease prevention. The interdisciplinary approach outlined in the health minor provides students with a wide selection of courses and a maximum degree of interaction among the disciplines. Students who elect to minor in health may declare their intention by completing the appropriate forms in the Associate Dean’s Office of the College (Westlake Hall, Room 210). Such students must meet the requirements in force at the time they declare the minor.

A minimum of 18 semester hours is required for the minor: nine hours of required courses and nine hours of electives. A minimum of 3 semester hours at the 300 level as a minor. The requirements for the minor are outlined below.

Prerequisites for FCS 303 are CHM 160 and CHM 161 or equivalent; BIO 230 and BIO 232; prerequisite for PSY 245 and PSY 311 is PSY 101.

Required courses (9 hours)

  • FCS 301 Nutrition Today or FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 263 Intro. to Personal & Community Health - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 356 Abnormal Psychology and Adjustment or PSY 311 Principals of Abnormal Psychology - 3 hrs.

Electives (9 hours)

Choose 3-4 courses.

  • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 300 Population, Resources and Environment - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 301 Biotechnology and Society - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 300 Chemistry and Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • ENC 540 Human Growth and Development - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutritional Therapy - 4 hrs.
  • NUR 163 Health of the School Age Child - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 217 Men's Health Issues - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 219 Women and Health - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 220 Alcohol: Use and Abuse - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 221 Substance Abuse - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 233 Sexually Transmitted Diseases - 1 hr.
  • NUR 353 Aging: A Life Experience - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 372 Safety and Emergency Care - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 376 Advanced Concepts in Health - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 433 International Health and Nursing - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 303 Lifespan Developmental Psychology or PSY 350 Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 313 Health Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 314 Adult Development and Aging - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 341 Medical Sociology - 3 hrs.

Although not required, selected groupings of electives within the minor offer a more narrowly focused health area and complement a particular profession. For example, a sociologist or social worker interested in working with the aged might choose the adult and/or aging area of interest; someone interested in social welfare might choose the community health area; an education major might choose the school-aged child area.

The following are recommended as examples of course groupings from the list of electives above.

Group A. School-Aged Child Area of Interest

Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following courses:

  • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology - 4 hrs.
  • NUR 163 The School Age Child (required for the group) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 220 Alcohol: Use and Abuse - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 221 Substance Abuse - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 233 Sexually Transmitted Diseases - 1 hr.
  • NUR 372 Safety and Emergency Care - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 376 Advanced Concepts in Health - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 303 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 341 Medical Sociology - 3 hrs.

Group B. Adult and/or Aging Area of Interest

Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following courses:

  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutritional Therapy - 4 hrs.
  • NUR 219 Women and Health - 3 hrs.
  • * NUR 353 Aging: A Life Experience - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 372 Safety and Emergency Care - 3 hrs.
  • * PSY 314 Adult Development and Aging - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 341 Medical Sociology - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 376 Advanced Concepts in Health - 3 hrs.
    * Either one of the two is required for the group.

Group C. Community Health Area of Interest

Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following courses:

  • BIO 300 Population, Resources, and Environment - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 300 Chemistry and Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutritional Therapy - 4 hrs.
  • NUR 219 Women and Health - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 376 Advanced Concepts in Health (required for the group) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 433 International Health and Nursing - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 341 Medical Sociology - 3 hrs.