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Drury University: About the Health Science Major

About the Health Science Major

The Health Science major is only available to students admitted to Drury’s traditional day school as first- time freshmen (i.e., non-transfer students with the exception of up to 30 credit hours of dual, IB, and/or AP credit from high school) who also complete the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing from Cox College. Dual degree students simultaneously earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in health science from Drury and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing from Cox College. Courses from the BSN program at Cox will transfer to Drury to fulfill some of the requirements for the health science major.


The Health Science major requires a minimum of 121 credit hours.

Required Courses

Drury Coursework (53 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 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.

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

 Prerequisite: DAY-None. CCPS-ENGL 150. 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.

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.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cox BSN Coursework* (68 hrs.) 

NRSI 202: Foundation Skills of Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 205: Critical Thinking (2 hrs.)
NRSI 206: Health Assessment (3 hrs.)
NRSI 212: Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 215: Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice (3 hrs.)
NRSI 280: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I & Practicum (4 hrs.)
NRSI 300: Informatics (2 hrs.)
NRSI 303: Professional Nursing Concepts (3 hrs.)
NRSI 304: Care of Childbearing Families (3 hrs.)
NRSI 305: Care of Childrearing Families (3 hrs.)
NRSI 309: Fundamentals of Gerontology (2 hrs.)
NRSI 325: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II & Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (4/3 hrs.)
NRSI 335: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III & Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III Practicum  (4/3 hrs.)
NRSI 345: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing IV Simulation (4 hrs.) 
NRSI 390: Nursing Elective (3 hrs.)
NRSI 400: Theories and Research in Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 402*: Management and Leadership in Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 404*: Community and Public Health Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 410*: Nursing Capstone (7 hrs.) 

*Courses also required for the Bachelor of Science-Nursing Major that will be taken at Cox College and transferred back to Drury in order to complete the BA-Health Science at Drury.