Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences

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The Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences (BSiHS) degree is designed for third-year students seeking to develop an in-depth understanding of integrative health sciences. Our  curriculum features three core threads: integrative health sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The integrative sciences thread focuses on exercise science, prevention and wellness, anatomy and physiology, mind-body medicine, whole-food nutrition, botanical medicine and more.

The natural sciences thread includes anatomy and physiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry and genetics. These courses provide our students a solid scientific understanding of the human body and the basic principles of health and disease, and provide fundamentals in research, and scientific and professional communication. The social sciences thread highlights the interpersonal and professional growth of the student with a strong focus on the development of cultural competency skills, ethical decision-making, expository writing, self-reflection and self-management.

Your studies culminate with a final capstone project, the stepping stone to the next phase of your career or continued graduate study.

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Faculty Highlight

Dana Johnson, MSc, MAT

As one of the first adjunct faculty members in the School of Undergraduate Studies at the
NUNM, Dana is deeply passionate about cultivating as engaging of a learning environment for
her students as possible. “If my students do not leave my class each day with an idea how to
apply the lesson or activity to their lives or the world around them, then I have not done my
job. Teaching is a component of learning. The point is that my students are learning.”

Prior to coming to NUNM Dana worked locally and internationally as an educator, midwifery
assistant, and birth and postpartum doula. Most of Dana’s classes, such as Introduction to Medical Anthropology; Nutritional Anthropology; Human Sexuality; and Self-care and Self-Management (that she co-teaches with Dr. Megan Golani) are centered around the complexities of health and well-being. “Health matters enormously. It matters for my students to practice it in their lives and to understand what it means for everyone else.” She also teaches the Capstone courses and Scientific and Professional Communication.

During her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University, Dana and her colleague developed the nation’s first on-campus emergency food pantry. Dana went on to earn her Master of Science in Medical Anthropology from Durham, England in 2010. Her thesis focused on developing a socio-political theoretical framework to introduce and contextualize college students as a food insecure population. In pursuit of increasing her effectiveness as a teacher, Dana completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University in 2018.

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    Admissions Requirements for BSiHS

    GPA

    A GPA of 2.0 or higher

    Prerequisite Courses

    Students may apply to the programs while still completing their prerequisite coursework and may receive conditional admittance pending successful completion of those courses. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have either 60 semester or 90 quarter credits before beginning coursework at NUNM. All applicants must have completed the general education requirements of the previously-attended institution. Within these general education requirements, NUNM has specific requirements. These are outlined below.

    General Biology 3 One academic year of General or Principles of Biology. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    General Chemistry 3 One academic year of General or Principles of Chemistry. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 2
    Social Sciences 3 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement. One of these courses must be human psychology.
    Humanities 3 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    Oral Communication/Public Speaking 1 Courses in oral communication and public speaking will satisfy this requirement.
    Electives 3 A maximum of 3 quarter or 2 semester credits of physical education may be applied.
    • General Biology — 3 Courses
      One academic year of General or Principles of Biology. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    • General Chemistry — 3 Courses
      One academic year of General or Principles of Chemistry. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 2 Courses
    • Social Sciences — 3 Courses
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement. One of these courses must be human psychology.
    • Humanities — 3 Courses
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • Oral Communication/Public Speaking — 1 Course
      Courses in oral communication and public speaking will satisfy this requirement.
    • Electives — 3 Courses
      A maximum of 3 quarter or 2 semester credits of physical education may be applied.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the BSiHS Program

    • Personal Statement

      Please share a little bit about yourself and your background along with what interests you about receiving your undergraduate degree from NUNM. (maximum of 1200 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for BSiHS*
    Credits 43
    Cost/Credit $232
    Tuition $9,976
    Fees** $480
    Total $10,456

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the BSiHS program.

    Total BSiHS Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      82

    • Elective credits

      9

    • Total required credits

      91

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