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The health and wellness minor is designed to give you a comprehensive approach to and understanding of health promotion and disease prevention and to acquire the knowledge necessary for achieving optimal well-being. 

The minor consists of courses from disciplines such as biology, psychology, social work, religion/spirituality, and humanities. Additionally, the minor requires that you attend to your physical health through participation in credit and/or non-credit activities such as dance courses or participation in fitness programs. 

The multidisciplinary nature of the minor will add distinctiveness to your education, particularly as it relates to the multifaceted nature of the study of health and wellness.

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Course Requirements for the Health and Wellness Minor (18 credits plus two approved physical activities)

All students must complete the core course, PSY 201 (Mind-Body Medicine); at least three credits from each of the four categories listed below, plus an additional three credits from any of these four categories. In addition, students must demonstrate two experiences in the physical area as defined below. Credits in the physical component do not count towards the 18 credits required for the minor.

Core Course
PSY 201 Mind-Body Medicine – 3 credits

BIO 112 Concepts in Human Biology 4 credits
BIO 117 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I  4 credits
BIO 118 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 217 Anatomy and Physiology I  4 credits
BIO 218 Anatomy and Physiology II  4 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Nutrition 3 credits                                               
BIO 330 Drugs and the Brain: Neuropharmacology of Disease and Addiction 3 credits
BIO 348 Diseases of the Nervous System 3 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Nutrition 3 credits

PSY 353 Social Psychology for Psychology 3 credit
PSY 235 Psychology of Adjustment 3 credits
PSY 251 Health Psychology 3 credits
PSY 260 ST: Sports Psychology 3 credits
PSY 304 Stress, Disease, and Psychophysiological Interventions 3 credits
PSY 326 Principles of Behavior Modification 3 credits

REL/PSY 204 Psychology of Religion 3 credits
REL 220 Death and Dying 3 credits
REL 225 Buddhism in America 3 credits
REL 233 Spirituality and Wellness3 credits
SOC 243 Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging 4 credits

History, Literature, and Languages

ENG 235 Topics in Non-Fiction Writing 3 credits (Or other creative writing courses with appropriate topics, to be chosen in consultation with the student’s minor advisor
GND 100 The F Word: Introduction to Gender Studies 3 credits
SPA 205 Spanish for Health Professionals 3 credits
SPA 316: Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals

Physical, Experiential Requirements

Students must demonstrate participation in physical activities, which maintain or improve cardiovascular functions, endurance, or flexibility. These activities may be credit bearing or non-credit bearing. If credit bearing, the course does not count towards the 18 credits required for the minor. If non-credit bearing, the activity must be approved by the health and wellness minor advisor. Students must complete two physical activities, each of which must consist of at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, for the duration of a semester. *

*Examples of credit bearing courses which fulfill 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, for the duration of a semester are: Any dance course, varsity sport, or EXS 101 Physical Conditioning for Exercise

* Examples of non-credit bearing activities may include taking dance courses, or attending a gymnasium, as long as the hours spent in such activities are well-documented and can be verified.

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