Recommended Course List – Spring 2021

Pre-health professional schools DO NOT require any specific coursework, prerequisites, or particular major.  However, you may be interested in taking pre-health related courses during your undergraduate career.  This Recommended Course List reflects classes at UH Mānoa that will either provide pre-health related learning or build upon important professional skills (such as writing, speaking, and analyzing).

BIOL 340 Genetics, Evolution and Society (3)

CRN: 83863, TR 3:00p-4:15p

The role of genetics in evolution, medicine, behavior, plant and animal breeding and technology; its impact on today’s society. Not a BIOL major elective. Pre: one semester of biological science at college level or consent. (Cross-listed as CMB 351) DB

BIOL/WS 350 Sex Differences in the Life Cycle (3)

CRN: 82875, 86934, 86933 or 85463, TR 10:30-11:45am or 12:00p-1:15pm

Human sex differences, their biological basis and significance; genetic, hormonal, and behavioral determinants of sexual differentiation; biology of gender, sexuality, parenting, menopause, and aging. Pre: one semester of biological science. DB, ETH

BIOL 375 Genetics (3) 

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website Here.

Genetic concepts at advanced undergraduate level; genetic transmission, recombination, gene action, mutation, population and evolutionary genetics. A-F only. Pre: 275 or consent. DB

BIOL 402/MBBE 402 Principles of Biochemistry (4)

CRN: 82370 or 89617, MWF 8:00a-9:20a

Molecular basis of living processes in bacteria, plants, and animals; emphasis on metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 275/275L, and CHEM 273; or consent. DB  

BIOL/MBBE/MCB 408 Molecular Cellular Biology II (3) 

CRN: 83344, MWF 9:30a-10:20a

Cell structure and function. Structure, chemistry, and functions of organelles and macromolecules. Pre: C (not C-) or better in 407; or consent. DB

BIOL 440 Psychoactive Drug Plants (3)

CRN: 87449, MWF 2:30p-3:20p

Taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, distribution, cultural history, and contemporary use of mind-altering drug plants; examples from primitive, traditional, and modern societies. Pre: junior standing, one semester of biological science, and either ANTH 200 or GEOG 151; or consent. DB

BIOL 472/MCB 472 Biology of Cancer (3)

CRN: 86112 or 86069 (non-WI) or 88106 or 88105 (WI),  MWF 10:30a-11:20a

Integrative, in-depth focus on the genetics, cell biology, and molecular basis of cancer. Combination of classroom lectures and problem-based discussions in small groups. Addresses ethical implications of cancer research and treatment. A-F only. MCB or BIOL majors only. Senior standing or higher. Pre: 407 (or concurrent) and 408 (or concurrent) or consent.

BIOL/MBBE 483 Introduction to Bioinformatics Topics for Biologists (3)

CRN: 82691 or 82630, TR 3:00p-4:15p

Focuses on the use of computational tools and approaches to analyze the enormous amount of biological data (DNA, RNA, protein) available today. A-F only. Pre: 171 (or equivalent), or consent. (Once a year)

COMG 381 Interpersonal Relations (3)

CRN: 85213, MWF 9:30a-10:20a

Theory and research on the development, maintenance, and termination of interpersonal relationships. Pre: one of 151, 170, 181, 185, 251 or 301; or consent. DS

ECON 130 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Examination of the decision-making process of both households and firms. Analysis of the functioning of a competitive market system, using supply and demand models and the role of government in cases where the market system fails. Additional topics include the effects of international rate on the welfare of a nation and the effects of different competitive market structures on society. DS

ECON 321 Introduction to Statistics (3)

CRN: 82915 or 80431, MWF 12:30p-1:20p or TR 10:30a-11:45a

Basic elements; descriptive statistics, probability, inference, distributions, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation analysis. DS

ENG 306 Argumentative Writing I (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Theory and practice of written argument; emphasis on the role of invention in argumentative discourse and on the nature of rhetorical proof. Pre: FW and either 200 or one ENG DL course, or consent. WI

FSHN 185 The Science of Human Nutrition (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Integration of natural science concepts basic to the study of human nutrition. Emphasis on nutrient requirements of healthy individuals, food sources, functions of nutrients. DB

HDFS 230 Human Development (3)

CRN:Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Concepts, issues, theories of human growth and development from conception to death; systems approaches to inquiry into factors affecting growth and development. DS

HWST 285 Lāʻau Lapaʻau 1 (4)

CRN:Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Presentation of Hawaiian medicinal herbs including basic philosophy, identification, utilization, and preparation of such herbs for human ailments. Pre: 107 or consent.

KRS 305 Principles of Sports Medicine (3)

CRN: 83027, TR 10:30a-11:45a

Examines with some depth, principles of risk management and pathology of athletic injuries, major musculoskeletal structures, and concepts of evaluative skills, treatment, and rehabilitation for common athletic injuries. A-F only. Repeatable one time. DB

KRS 332 Emergency Care and First Aid Training (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Practicum in training of persons to become qualified in emergency care knowledge, basic life support, and first aid skills. First Aid and CPR certificates may be earned. DB

KRS 353 Structural Kinesiology (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Gross human anatomy, emphasizing identification and description of parts of the musculoskeletal system; selected applications to motor activity. Primarily for physical education majors, but open to others with consent. A-F only. Pre: PHYL 103 or 141/141L or consent. DB

KRS 395 Personal Health and Wellness (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Scientifically based information will be presented to help the student make decisions and take responsibility for his/her own health and health-related behaviors. The student will develop a personal, daily physical activity/exercise program, in which he/she will participate and be monitored. Repeatable one time. DB, ETH

MEDT 151 Introduction to Medical Technology (2)

CRN: 82898, M 12:30p-2:20p

Designed to acquaint students to the field of medical technology (clinical laboratory science). Repeatable one time.

MICR 351 Biology of Microorganisms (3) 

CRN: 82385, MWF 8:30a-9:20a

Anatomy, chemistry, physiology, genetics, development, and environmental interactions of microorganisms. Pre: BIOL 171 or equivalent, CHEM 272/272L; or consent. Co-requisite: 351L. Recommended: BIOL 275/275L. DB

MICR 431 Microbial Physiology (3) 

CRN: 89669, TR 3:30p-4:45p

Fundamental physiological and metabolic processes of bacteria; emphasis on growth, functions of cell structures, varieties of energy metabolism, metabolic regulation, and differentiation at the prokaryote level. Pre: 351. DB

MICR 461/MCB 461 Immunology (3)

CRN: 87021 or 87022, MWF 12:30p-1:20p

Structure and biological actions of antigens and antibodies; fundamentals of antibody synthesis; the relation of immunology to biology and medical sciences. Pre: 351 or BIOL 172; or consent. Recommended: BIOL 275/275L. DB

MICR 463 Microbiology of Pathogens 

CRN: 80942, TR 12:00p-1:15p

Fundamental mechanisms of infectious diseases at the molecular level. Emphasis on the role of genetics in host-pathogen interactions. Pre: 351/351L or consent.

MICR 485 Microbes and Their Environment (3) 

CRN: 87948, MWF 11:30-12:20p

Distribution, diversity, and roles of microorganisms in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Importance of bacteria in pesticide degradation, bioremediation of oil spills, sewage treatment, biocontrol, food fermentation. Pre: BIOL 171 and CHEM 272, or consent. DB

PH 201 Introduction to Public Health (3)

CRN: 84288, TR 9:00a-10:15a

Introduces public health concepts with an emphasis on principles and tools for population health, disease prevention, health professions and healthcare systems, and public health professions and systems. A-F only. DS

PH 202 Public Health Issues in Hawaii (3)

CRN: 84875, MW 9:00-10:15a

Application of general public health concepts and tools with broader public health issues as they relate to the State of Hawai`i. A-F only. Pre: 201.

PH 203 Introduction to Global Health (3) 

CRN: 84876, MW 10:30a-11:45a

Introduction to the basic principles of global PH. Topics include the application of these principles to global PH issues, exploration of links between health, economic, and social status, health disparities and global interventions. A-F only. Pre: 201.

PH 301 Seminar in Public Health Issues (3)

CRN: 87967, MW 12:00p-1:15p

Seminar will explore current issues and case studies in epidemiology, issues and causes of chronic and infectious diseases, how the environment interacts with health, and how social and behavioral factors affect personal health.

PH 310 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)

CRN: 83715, T 9:00a-11:45a

Lecture/discussion on the fundamental principles of epidemiology, exploring patterns of disease, threats to health and EPI methods for prevention, control, and treatment. PH majors only. A-F only. Pre: 201, and 210 or MATH 140 or MATH 161 or higher.

 PH 341 Public Health Biology and Pathophysiology (3) 

CRN: 84289, Online TBA

Explores the biological basis of human disease and the role public health measures play in reducing both the extent and impact of chronic and acute diseases on individuals and society. A-F only. Junior standing or higher. Pre: 201, and one of the following: BIOL 101 or BIOL 171 or BIOL 172 or PHYL 103 or PHYL 141 or FSHN 185. DB

PH 420 Individual & Group Health Promotion (3)

CRN: 87408, TR 3:00p-4:15p

Focus on the application of social and behavioral theory in health education, and how health promotion programs are constructed for various populations with an emphasis on cultural diversity and social determinants of health. Sophomore standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: 201 and PSY 100.

PHIL 101 Morals and Society (3)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

Philosophical attempts to evaluate conduct, character, and social practices. DH

PHYL 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)

CRN: 82426, MWF 1:30p-2:20p

Continuation of 141. Pre: should have an understanding of basic physiology concepts as presented in 141 or equivalent. DB

PHYL 302 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology (4) 

CRN: 82427, TR 1:30p-3:20p

Continuation of 301. Pre: 301/301L or consent. DB

PSY 212 Survey of Research Methods (4)

CRN: Multiple, Several Sections. Refer to Class Availability Website here.

(3 Lec, 1 2-hr Lab) Survey of standard methods and related conceptual issues employed in psychological research. Both experimental and non-experimental methods will be reviewed. Pre: 100. DS

PSY 324 Psychology of Emotion (3) 

CRN: 87881, TR 9:00p-10:15a

Survey of traditional views and leading theories, and research in related topics. Pre: 100. Recommended: 220 or 322. DS

PSY 325 Cognitive Psychology (3) 

CRN: 87762, WF 10:30p-11:45a

Mental processes of humans and other organisms. Survey of major theories and findings in cognitive psychology. Pre: 100 or consent. DS

PSY 331 Behavioral Neuroscience (3) 

CRN: 82831, TR 10:30p-11:45a

Coverage of the neural, developmental and mechanistic bases of learning, memory and cognition, motivated and regulatory behavior and mental disorders. A-F only. Pre: 230 or BIOL 172, or consent. DB

SOC 354 Survey of Medical Sociology

CRN: 87887, MW 1:30p – 2:45p

Social factors in disease and treatment; illness behavior, roles of patients and healers; nature of healing professions; use of medical services; alternative systems of medical organization. DS

TRMD 499 Pandemic and Preparedness Response:

CRN: 94546, TR: 9:00-10:20AM

Directed reading and research in laboratory; diagnostic aspects of bacterial, parasitic, and viral infections. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent