Health Sciences

  • Health courses are taught in English
  • Students have to take at least one Spanish course; SPAN 2010-Intermediate Spanish, SPAN 2020-Advanced Intermediate Spanish, or a class from the Semester course list.
  • Spanish Prerequisites: Completed at least the beginning year of college Spanish or the equivalent.
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In addition to their Spanish course/s, students can select from the following University of Virginia direct credit courses:



BIOL 2200-Intro. to Biology with Lab-Organismal & Evolutionary Biology

BIOL 2200 is one of two semester courses that together provide an intensive introduction to biology for prospective Biology majors and pre-health (med, vet, dental) students. This course focuses on evolution, physiology and development. 

BIOL 3000-Cell Biology 

BIOL 3000 examines the fundamental principles of eukaryotic cell biology at the molecular level. Topics will include: structure and function of the plasma membrane, transport of small molecules, ions, and macromolecular complexes across membranes, protein trafficking, the cytoskeleton, signal transduction pathways, and the control of cell division and cellular proliferation. 

Prerequisites: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 (Intro to Biology) or BME 2104 (Cell/Molecular Biology for Engineers), and any two of the following classes CHEM 1410, 1420, 1810 & 1820 (Intro or Principals of Chemistry). BIOL 3000 is not repeatable.

BIOL 3010-Genetics & Molecular Biology

What makes humans different from fruit flies? Why does your brain have neurons and not liver cells? This course is all about the answer to these questions: It's the genes! This course covers the chemical make-up of genes, how they're passed on through generations, how they're expressed and how that expression is regulated, how disruption in the structure and expression of genes arise and how those disruptions lead to cellular defects and disease.

Prerequisites: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 (Intro to Biology) or BME 2104 (Cell/Molecular Biology for Engineers), and either CHEM 1410, 1420, 1810  (Intro to Chemistry). BIOL 3000 is not repeatable.

CHEM 2420-Organic Chemistry II

Survey of the principle classes of organic and bioorganic compounds in relation to their structure, identification, synthesis, natural occurrence, reactivity, and mechanisms of reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 2410-Organic Chemistry I-or 1820-Principals of Organic Chemistry (Accelerated).

CHEM 2321-Organic Chemistry II Lab for non-Chemistry Majors

Focuses on the development of skills in methods of preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds. One hour lab lecture and four hour laboratory meets biweekly. This course is designed for students who are pre-health students but NOT chemistry majors/minors. Prerequisite: CHEM 2311-Organic Chem Lab for Non-Chemistry majors or 2411-Organic Chemistry I Lab. CHEM 2420 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 2321

STAT 2020-Statistics for Biologists

This course includes a basic treatment of probability, and covers inference for one and two populations, including both hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. Analysis of variance and linear regression are also covered. Applications are drawn from biology and medicine.

PHS 5500-Comparative Healthcare Systems

This three-credit foundational course in comparative health care policy and systems will introduce students to the terminology, structure, and function of health care systems around the world, with a focus on thesocial, economic, and political forces that impact the organization, financing, and delivery of health care across national and international settings with an emphasis on healthcare in Spain.