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

Drury Students engaging in Professional healthcare trainingStudents 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

Required Courses* for the Bachelor of Arts – Biology Major and/or for Admission to the BSN at Cox

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.

Download Advising Sheet & Recommended Course Progression

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

Choose from the following two options:

BIOL 110: Fundamentals of Cell Biology
4 credit hours

An introductory course focusing on major biological concepts relating to molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in science?related disciplines.

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.

Required Courses

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.

BIOL 206: Human Physiology
4 credit hours

This course examines the organization and function of the human body as a whole and the interrelations of its various systems, organs, tissues, and cells. 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.

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.

Choose from the following two options:

CHEM 115: General Chemistry
3 credit hours

A lecture course that covers general chemistry concepts and introduces topics to be covered in more detail in the foundational courses. Topics include percent composition, stoichiometry, balancing equations, limiting reagent, thermodynamics, periodic table trends and nomenclature.

CHEM 115-L: General Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

A laboratory course that introduces the student to laboratory equipment and techniques they will use later in the curriculum. Topics and techniques include stoichiometry, making solutions, building apparatuses and exposure to equipment. There will be an emphasis placed on how to keep a proper lab notebook. This course is designed to augment CHEM 115.

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.

Required Courses

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 100 or one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry. 
A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

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.

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.

Required Cox College of Nursing & Health Sciences Courses for the BSN

NRSI 200: Introduction to Professional Nursing (3)
NRSI 202: Foundations of Professional Nursing (7)
NRSI 206: Health Assessment (3)
NRSI 212: Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts (4)
NRSI 215: Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice (3)
NRSI 300: Nursing Informatics (3)
NRSI 302: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I (8)*
NRSI 304: Care of Childbearing Families (4)
NRSI 305: Care of Childrearing Families (4)
NRSI 306: Aging and the Older Adult (2)
NRSI 310: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II (8)*
NRSI 400: Theories and Research in Nursing (3)*
NRSI 402: Management and Leadership in Nursing (3)
NRSI 404: Community and Public Health Nursing (5)*
NRSI 406: Trends, Issues, and Ethics in Nursing (3)
NRSI 410: Nursing Capstone (7)*
NRSI xxx: Nursing Elective (1–3)

* For students in the dual degree program, additional courses are required for the Bachelor of Arts–Biology Major that are listed with an * in the Cox College courses and will be transferred back to Drury in order to complete your BA–Biology.