Bioethics Minor

Updated Summary of Requirements (August 10, 2010)


1. One course at the introductory level --either RELG 2650 (Theol., Ethics, Medicine) or PHIL 1740 (Life and Death);

2. An approved Biology course—e.g., BIOL 1210 (Human Biology), or BIOL 2010 (Intro to Biology), or AP Biology credits plus any 3000-level Biology course.

Note: the biology requirement cannot be automatically satisfied by substituting advance placement credits from high school. Students with advance placement credits in hand may satisfy the requirement by taking one other university-level biology course at the 3000 level or higher.

3. 6 credit hours in ethical and/or political theory (Two courses, one of which must be in ethics – i.e., you can either take two ethics courses, one ethics and one political, but not two in political philosophy/theory -- and one must be at the 3000 level or higher--i.e., one theory course may be at the 1000-2000 level);


9 credit hours at 3000-level or higher in bioethics electives or closely related courses, 6 credits of which must be in “core bioethics courses”-- i.e., courses taught on specifically bioethical topics – e.g., Public Health Ethics and Law; Justice & Health Care; Reproductive Ethics; Ethics and Animals; Genes, Human Nature, and Justice, etc.

In order to fulfill the bioethics electives requirement of 9 credit hours, students may opt to take one “related elective course” that, while not specifically focused on bioethics, still relates in a substantial way to the issues or methods of bioethics--e.g.,"Human Genetics" in Biology, "Economics of Health" in Economics., "Marriage, Mortality and Fertility" in Anthropology, and "Health Care Systems” in Sociology. A List of such courses will be kept current by John Arras, Program Director, on the website. Only one such course will count for Bioethics Minor credit. Such courses are either freestanding or paired.  Freestanding electives don’t need to be paired with a core elective course (E.g., Medical Anthropology); paired electives must be paired with a core elective in order to count (e.g., Health Economics should be paired with a core elective like Justice & Health Care).  Such pairs need not be taken at the same time.  If in doubt, contact Prof. Arras.

While most electives should be at the 300-level or higher, some exceptions will be approved. Which courses will so count will be up to the discretion of the Program Director and will be posted on the schedule of courses on the website.

Students may take up to 3 credits for an appropriately structured internship in partial fulfillment of the Bioethics Electives requirement.

The type and number of courses that will be eligible for double counting for each student will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director in collaboration with students and their academic advisers. The Director of the Bioethics Minor will work with closely related departments (e.g., Philosophy and Religious Studies) to ensure that appropriate limits are set on the number of bioethics electives that may count towards their respective majors.