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Course Requirements

One Health Certificate — Prerequisite courses required (with a GPA of 3.0 or better):

BIO 112: General Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 114: General Biology II (4 credits) 
BIO 204: Modeling and Experimental Design (3 credits)
BIO 212: Genetics (3 credits)
BIO 250: Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 271: Field Ecology (4 credits)
MTH 125: Biostatistics (3 credits)

Courses for the Certificate:

Biology Core (15-16 credits)
BIO 321: Conservation Biology (3 credits)
A course exploring the conservation of biodiversity based on principles of ecology, evolution and population genetics. The course will focus on current threats to biodiversity as well as population dynamics and stability, endangered species approaches, habitat fragmentation, population management and the complexities of science-based conservation strategies. This course will consist of lecture, discussion and readings of case studies.
 
BIO 322 Immunology (3 credits)
Introductory course which covers the basic concepts of antibody-mediated and cell-mediated immunity. Recent advances in the field will be emphasized from basic scientific and clinical perspectives.
 
BIO 325: Emerging Infectious Disease (3 credits)
This is an introductory course in the area of infectious diseases. It will introduce principles of disease transmission, zoonotic disease, and basic epidemiological strategies and principles employed in the area of public health. This course will be offered as needed.
 
BIO 421: Conservation Medicine (3 credits)
A culminating course in the area of One Health integrating the concepts of ecology, conservation biology, emerging infectious disease, and human health and well-being. This course should immediately precede the Biology Internship required for the certificate in One Health. Offered as needed.
 
BIO 497 Biology Internship* (3-4 credits)
A supervised, off-campus field-based experience at an approved site specifically related to students’ career goals; integrates and applies academic knowledge and skills; emphasizes professional development. Prerequisites: At least junior status with a science GPA of 3.0 or consent of instructor.
 
*Internship opportunities for this discipline will include the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and other local public-health organizations. Internship destinations must be approved by the department of biological and physical sciences in advance of undertaking. Internships are highly competitive, and Fontbonne University does not guarantee any student an internship position.


Electives (minimum 6 credits)   

BIO 320 Evolutionary Biology (3 credits)
This course examines the basic processes and patterns of evolution: natural selection, evolutionary genetics, the analysis of adaptation, the phylogeny of life, the fossil record, molecular evolution, macroevolution and speciation; as well as an evaluation of current evolutionary issues. Prerequisites: BIO 114, BIO 212. FA (even years)
 
HCM 330: Public Health Administration (3 credits)
This course explores the role health care organizations play in community health. Students study the principles of public health through the lens of government, business, and community. Topics include community benefit and outreach, environmental health, communicable disease, and mental health.
 
HCM 350: Legal Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the legal issues facing current healthcare organizations. This course examines the law as it relates to relationships between doctors, hospitals, and staff, patients, and healthcare providers.  Skills developed include the ability to apply ethical decision making principles, mitigate risk, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
 
PHL 228: Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
This course will explore the meaning of environmental justice, the human Impact on the environment, global food shortages and environmental concerns, and the relation of hunger and poverty to the environment. It will also explore Catholic Social Teaching Perspectives, especially care for God's creation, and the common good and the environment.
 
PSY 350: Environmental Psychology (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of Environmental Psychology, a subfield of psychology that explores the interrelationships between humans and their natural and constructed environments. Topics covered include contextual theories; human responses to natural and constructed hazards; conservation psychology; environmental perception, cognition, and stress; human factors psychology; problem-solving and decision-making; population psychology and sustainability; and environmental design, modification, and management. Prerequisite: PSY100.