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About the Health Science Minor

The Health Science minor is only available to students admitted to Drury’s traditional day school who complete a major and the Your Drury Fusion curriculum at Drury and simultaneously earn an Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing from Cox College. Courses from the ASN program at Cox will transfer to Drury to fulfill the requirements for the Health Science minor.


The Health Science minor requires a minimum of 73 credit hours. 

Required Courses

Drury Coursework (34 hrs.) 

Choose one (3-4 hrs.): 

BIOL 110: Fundamentals of Cell Biology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: Day- Declared major or minor in Health Science; declared minor in Exercise Physiology; declared major in Middle School Science Education; or declared major in Clinical & Behavioral Neuroscience. CCPS-BIOL 102.
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: Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: DAY-CHEM 115 or CHEM 208 or CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 102.
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.

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: DAY-BIOL 110 or BIOL 172. CCPS-CHEM 103 and CHEM 107. 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 382: Pathophysiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: DAY-BIOL 110 or BIOL 172 and BIOL 206 or BIOL 378. CCPS-BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 or BIOL 207 and CHEM 107. Human physiological responses to disease, stress and the environment are studied. Pathophysiological processes are analyzed in view of current research.

CHEM 115: General Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Chemistry; declared major in Biochemistry; declared major or minor in Exercise Physiology; declared major or minor in Health Science; or, declared minor in Pre-Engineering. 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

Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Chemistry; declared major in Biochemistry; declared major or minor in Exercise Physiology; declared major or minor in Health Science; or, declared minor in Pre-Engineering. 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.

FUSE 101: Frontiers
3 credit hours

Frontiers is the gateway course to Drury’s general education curriculum. It introduces students to academic work at the collegiate level and fosters their discovery within a community of the many educational pathways available to them at Drury. Each course section has its own theme, developed by faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines. Particular emphasis lies on developing students’ skills in writing, critical thinking and information literacy.

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry or MATH 100 in order to be successful in this course. A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

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.

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.

Cox ASN Coursework** (39 hrs.)

NURS 105: Clinical Applications I (7 hrs.)
NURS 106: Clinical Applications II (7 hrs.)
NURS 205: Critical Thinking (2 hrs.)
NURS 206: Clinical Applications III (7 hrs.)
NURS 208: Clinical Applications IV (7 hrs.)
NURS 215: Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice (3 hrs.)
NURS 220: NCLEX Preparation (1 hr.)
NURS 303: Professional Nursing Concepts (3 hrs.)
NURS 309: Fundamentals of Gerontology (2 hrs.) 

**All courses also required for the Associate of Science-nursing major that will be taken at Cox College and transferred back to Drury in order to complete your minor in health science at Drury.