One Health Minor

One Health is an emerging discipline that addresses the growing and interconnected health challenges for humans, wildlife and the environment. The minor in One Health is an interdisciplinary course of study with components in both the sciences and humanities. The program is designed to give students a solid foundation in problem solving, critical thinking and communication. The minor requires a minimum of 25 total hours to complete, although some of these credits will also serve to meet General Education Requirements.

Required Courses for the One Health Minor

(7-9 hours)

  • ONE 196

    Introduction to One Health

    2 Credits
  • ONE 295/495

    One Health Research

    2+ credits

    Can take multiple times with a minimum of 2 semesters participation required.


    One Health Seminar

    0 Credits

    Minimum of 2 semesters.

  • ONE 421

    Conservation Medicine

    3 Credits

Elective Courses

Choose 2 courses from each of 3 cores. (18 – 19 credit hours)

Biology Core

  • BIO 203

    Science and Society

    3 credits

    An introductory course examining the history of science and technology, with an emphasis  in modern science, as well as the philosophy of scientific and technological
    thought. This course will also explore the reciprocal effects of science on society and society on science. This course has been approved to meet the Mission Core II and Writing Intensive General Education Requirements.

  • BIO 230

    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 use
    lecture, discussion and readings of case studies.
    Prerequisites: BIO 114; BIO 212; BIO 204; BIO 271.

  • BIO 250

    Microbiology with Lab

    4 credits

    A general course with emphasis on classification, physiology, and pathology of microorganisms. Prerequisites: CHM 106 or CHM 128 (may be taken

  • BIO 271

    Field Ecology

    4 credits

    Introduction to field research techniques; Exploration of
    interactions among living and nonliving things within
    local natural resources; Identification of local flora and
    fauna; One hour of lecture and three hours of fieldwork at
    specified locations offsite weekly. Prerequisites: BIO114
    and MTH 150 with C or better, or approval of department

  • 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.

  • BIO 322


    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. Prerequisites:
    Introductory biology course; BIO 114; BIO 250; CHM

  • BIO 325

    Disease Ecology

    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. Prerequisites: BIO 114; BIO 204; BIO 250; BIO
    322, and MTH 125 or MTH 115.

Communication Core

  • ENG 203

    Writing for Social Justice

    3 Credits
  • COM 260

    Media, Technology, and Culture

    3 credits

    An introduction to theory and research focused on traditional and new media and communication technologies. Students will take a critical look at how media, technology and culture impact one another by exploring topics that can include media ideology and representation, media influence, globalization, digital divides, and new media activism.

  • COM 295


    3 credits

    This course will introduce students to persuasion theory and research. Students will examine the psychology behind persuasion, the ethics of persuasion, persuasive strategies and appeals, and how persuasion operates in a variety of contexts. During Presidential election years, this course may be offered as Political Persuasion.

  • COM 240

    Intercultural Communication

    3 credits

    Focuses on communication that occurs between
    individuals who come from different cultural
    backgrounds. Students will be presented with a model for
    intercultural communication, which will serve as a
    theoretical foundation for the course. Particular emphasis
    will be placed on the understanding of cultural differences
    in an attempt to reduce communication barriers.

  • COM 280

    Social Media Communication

    3 credits

    A theoretical and practical study of social media communication with a focus on current platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Students will come to learn about and critically evaluate the role of social media in various communication contexts that may include relationships, politics, public relations, and journalism. Students will also practice employing social media communication toward specific goals.

  • COM 340

    Principles and Ethics of Strategic Communication

    3 credits

    This advanced course in public relations will build on the student’s knowledge of principles and theories. Students will examine public relations cases and determine the elements that either created success or failure for the participants. In addition, each student will be afforded the opportunity to work with a nonprofit organization to create a comprehensive public relations campaign. Prerequisite: COM 250.

  • COM 430

    Argumentation, Advocacy, and Debate


    A study of the various formats and strategies of argument. Development of debate techniques through research and classroom debate presentation. Prerequisite: COM 102.

History, Ethics and Policy Core

  • WGS 101

    Introduction to Women's Studies

    3 Credits
  • SWK 200

    Social and Economic Justice


    This course provides an introduction to central debates in the sociological literature on diverse groups. Topics include power and inequality, prejudice and discrimination, social justice, and social policy.

  • GS 201

    Globalization and Its Challenges

    3 credits

    A global look at the development of neo-liberalism
    (modernization) since the collapse of the Soviet Union
    and the shrinking of the welfare state in the West.

  • GGY 205

    Cultural Geography

    3 credits

    A meaningful way of looking at earth, not a mere
    inventory of its contents. Emphasis on socio-cultural

  • INT 207

    Leadership through Social Change

    3 credits

    This course is designed to provide insight, participation,
    and discussion pertaining to leadership. The course will
    also provide opportunities for students to identify their
    own diverse leadership abilities and style as well as to
    continuously reflect on their own leadership development.
    Instruction will utilize both curricular and co-curricular
    approaches in the classroom.

  • 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.

  • PHL 260

    Contemporary Moral Issues

    3 credits

    An introduction to ethical theories and their application to
    a wide range of issues, e.g., sexuality, abortion, capital
    punishment, affirmative action, euthanasia.

  • PER 314

    Multicultural Experiences in Performance

    3 credits

    An examination of various acts of performance as a way
    of understanding and knowing the human experience.
    Includes the study of personal narrative, storytelling, folk
    legends, ritual, ethnography, ethnicity, and an
    investigation of performance art. Open to all.

  • HST 366

    Trends That Shaped the Modern World

    3 Credits

    Study of the major political, economic, intellectual, and social developments which characterize the period from the fall of Napoleon I to the beginning of World War I; focus on “isms:” nationalism, liberalism, industrialism, socialism, and imperialism. Applications in the twentieth century.

  • PSY 370

    Controversial Issues in Psychology

    3 credits

    Seminar class on controversial issues in contemporary psychology. This course is intended to stimulate critical thinking and initiate thoughtful discussion of controversial psychological issues. Students will learn to evaluate the merits of persuasive arguments and the scientific evidence on which they are based. This course is writing intensive, so students will also have multiple opportunities to practice constructing effective arguments in oral and written format. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

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