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About the Nursing Program

Drury University's College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences partners with Cox College to offer a dual degree program that can be completed in four years, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drury's traditional day school and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cox College.

Program Highlights

Graduates of this dual degree program enjoy a number of benefits to this unique program, including:

  • An excellent professional education in nursing coupled with a liberal arts foundation
  • Access to engage with the many student experiences available at Drury (e.g., community outreach/volunteering, honor societies, social networks)
  • Professional healthcare training allowing them to become high quality, engaged nursing professionals who have the skills and vision necessary to advance their careers and benefit their communities

Students participating in this dual degree program are required to attend Drury's traditional day school for two semesters prior to attending Cox College.

Students enrolled in this dual degree program will maintain all the privileges of a Drury student for the four years they are in the program. These benefits include:

Contact information:

Dr. Ioana Popescu
Drury University
TSC 107
  Amy Townsend
Cox College
Room 319

Recommended Course Progression

Dr. Ioana Popescu, Drury University Nursing Advisor, can assist you with the various aspects of your professional development. Amy Townsend, Cox College Chair of Undergraduate Nursing, is our contact with Cox College and is available to answer any specific questions you may have regarding nursing requirements.

Important Note: In order to participate in the dual degree BA Biology/BS Nursing program students must attend Drury day school for two semesters.

Year 1 Fall

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the expectations of academic work at the collegiate level. Particular emphasis lies on developing students’ skills in writing, critical thinking and information literacy. Each course section has its own theme, developed by faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines.

CORE 103: Drury Explorations
1 credit hours

This course aims to facilitate students’ continued transition to college life. The course focuses on a variety of issues that pertain to life on campus and in the global community.

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 115 or CHEM 238
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.

CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit hours

A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.

CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.

MATH 211: Precalculus
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  High-school level algebra skills and/or successful completion of College Algebra are required. 
This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus I. It covers a variety of topics from algebra, with emphasis on the development of rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions including their essential properties, graphs and basic applications. Additional topics range from linear systems to conic sections.

Humanities Elective

Year 1 Spring

BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BIOL 172
This course will apply the knowledge acquired in BIOL 172 to the inheritance patterns of genetic traits between individuals and within populations. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 208: Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BIOL 110 or BIOL 172.
A study of bacterial diversity, physiology, biochemistry and genetics as they relate to the environment and to human welfare. Fungi and viruses also are discussed. Laboratory methods for the identification of bacteria are introduced. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 302: Human Nutrition
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BIOL 110 or BIOL 172
A study of food as it functions to meet body needs with emphasis on utilization, food sources, selection of adequate diets, individual, community, and world health problems and diet therapy.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  One year of high school algebra. 
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
3 credit hours

Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.

Year 1 Summer

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I
3 credit hours

For beginners. Designed to develop, with SPAN 102, an elementary proficiency in Spanish. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides an introduction to the cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  SPAN 101.
A continuation of SPAN 101, designed to continue the development of an elementary proficiency for producing and comprehending the Spanish language. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening and develops students’ knowledge of the cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.

NRSI 200

Year 2 Fall

BIOL 182: Evolution
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. 
An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.

BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
4 credit hours

An introduction to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the human body. Mammalian examples of major systems are studied in the laboratory. Lecture and laboratory.

PHYS 201: Principles of Physics
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 211
The principles of mechanics, heat, sound and electricity are presented in this one-semester, non-calculus course. The workshop format- integrated lecture with laboratory-emphasizes experiment, data collection, analysis and group work. Not intended for biology, chemistry or physics majors. Offered fall semester.

PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
3 credit hours

This course explores the ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary medicine. It both inquires into a broad range of topics (abortion, euthanasia, health-care costs, organ transplantation, etc.) and provides a thorough study of ethical theories that may be applied to address the dilemmas of modern medicine.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

Year 2 Spring

NRSI 202
NRSI 206
NRSI 215

BIOL 378: Advanced Human Physiology I
5 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 181 and CHEM 315
The first section of this course deals with cell signaling mechanisms, such as c?AMP and G?proteins, as well as receptor functions. The section deals with electrophysiology and the function of the nervous muscular system, and the general physiology of the cardiovascular system. Subjects will be covered through reading from text and journal articles, lecture presentation and laboratory projects.

Year 2 Summer

BIOL 382: Pathophysiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 181 and BIOL 206 or BIOL 378 or CHEM 238
Human physiological responses to disease, stress and the environment are studied. Pathophysiological processes are analyzed in view of current research.

Fine Arts Elective

Year 3 Fall

NRSI 302
NRSI 212
NRSI 306

SOCI 316: Minority Groups
3 credit hours

Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations.

Year 3 Spring

NRSI 304
NRSI 305
NRSI 400
NRSI 300

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

Expository writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice and audience.

Year 3 Summer

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

PSYC 230: Life Span Development
3 credit hours

Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.

Humanities Elective

Year 4 Fall

NRSI 310
NRSI 404
Global Foundations

Year 4 Spring

NRSI 410
NRSI 402
NRSI 406
Fine Arts Elective