About the Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in science, medicine, and society (SMDS) aims to provide students with an interdisciplinary, critical perspective on medicine, science, health and disease today.  Designed to provide flexibility, the SMDS minor is accessible and valuable to undergraduate students, including in a wide variety of STEM, health, and pre-health majors and minors. Students can tailor the minor to their particular major, interests, and career plans, especially as they select their elective courses.

The SMDS minors take three foundational, required courses and three electives.

In the three required courses, students develop important tools and perspectives  with which to examine what science, medicine and health care are and what they can be, if they are to be ordered to the dignity of the whole person and to serve the common good.

Building on the three required courses, the student chooses three courses from a wide range of electives that provide students with valuable range of distinctive and illuminating perspectives on health, disease, wellness, medical science and/or health care. 

Core Courses (12 cr.)

  • PHIL 241 History and Philosophy of Medicine
    or PHIL 385 Philosophy of Science* with approval of program director
  • PHIL 354 Biomedical Ethics (4 cr.)
  • Plus one of the following 4XX-level Theology Bridge courses:
    • THEO 420 Theology and the Biomedical Revolution (4 cr.)
    • THEO 437 Christian Faith and the Health Care Professions (4 cr.)
    • THEO 472 Theology and Public Health (4 cr.)
    • Or, with the approval of the program director:
      • THEO 434 Science and Christian Theology (4 cr.)
      • THEO 449 Theology and Engineering (4 cr.)
      • Another 4XX-level Theology bridge course (4 cr.)

Elective Courses (12 cr.)

Students will choose three additional courses (at most one from Group One).

Group One 

  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication (4 cr.)
  • PHIL 385 Philosophy of Science (may not be counted as an elective and as a core requirement) (4 cr.)
  • Other courses with approval of the program director (4 cr.) Preapproved courses are listed on the Course Offerings page.

*PHIL 385 may not count towards both Science, Medicine and Society core AND elective requirements.

 Group Two

  • BIOL 106 Women, Medicine and Biology
  • BIOL 361/GEOL 461 Medical Geology
  • ECON 324 Health Economics
  • GEOG 350 Geography of Global Health
  • HLTH 120 Foundations of Health Promotion
  • HLTH 310 Global Health
  • PSYC 121 Social Psychology or PSYC 151 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 207 Alcohol, Other Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology
  • PSYC 365 Health Psychology
  • Other courses as pre-approved by the program director.