Download the minor application form via this link. Fill out the form in conjunction with your adviser in the Bioethics Program (Profs. Arras, Akhtar and Childress do most of the advising), then file one copy of the form with Prof. Arras and one copy with the registrar's office in Monroe Hall.
Any undergraduate at the University who successfully completes the above requirements can qualify for the Bioethics Minor.
We appreciate knowing your intentions to minor, the earlier the better. In general, it's a good idea to declare the minor near the end of the second semester of your second year.
No. If you have advance placement credits and don't wish to take 2010, you should either take BIOL 1210, or any Biology elective at or above the 3000 level.
Just contact Prof Arras at: email@example.com, Room 5367 Barringer Wing, Medical School. 924-7863. You will then receive periodic updates on special events, guest speakers on grounds, course lists for registration, and notification of webpage updates.
In general, no. Only under extraordinary circumstances--e.g., no regular electives available, an impressive reading list, a guarantee of close faculty supervision, etc.--will such a substitution be contemplated.
We don't have a structured major in bioethics because many advisers to the program have argued, successfully for the time being, that students need the focus and depth that more traditional majors provide.
Yes, there is a way, but you have to work for it. We don't have a structured major in bioethics because we believe that students need the focus and depth that more traditional majors provide. Even though there is no official, pre-structured, off the shelf major in bioethics, students can still major in this area via two different routes:
(1) an Echols interdisciplinary major, or
(2) the "interdisciplinary major program."
Students selecting this latter option must work with faculty advisers from three different disciplines (e.g., biology, religious studies, anthropology) in designing their own curriculum for their 3rd and 4th years. A thesis is also required. For more information about this program, see http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/college/awards/imp.html