The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Integrated Health Sciences option provides students with the opportunity to construct an individualized major that meets their unique needs, and which results in a B.A.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by CLAS, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their CLAS Academic Advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
The ISM program plan must comply with the following policies:
- Students must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours from the approved courses.
- Students must complete a minimum of 9 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours in the approved cluster area and must complete all of the upper-division requirements for the minor or certificate they choose to pair with the cluster.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C-(1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with CU Denver faculty from the approved cluster area and must complete all of the residency requirements for the minor or certificate they choose to pair with the cluster.
- Students can double-count a maximum of one course across their areas (in addition to an introductory course).
- Students combine ONE of the identified CLAS minors or certificates with ONE of the topical clusters to make up their major areas.
- Students must take courses from at least TWO different disciplines in their topical cluster.
- Students are required to take TWO courses as an introduction to their major. If an introductory course is also part of a student’s topical cluster, a student may count one introductory course as part of that area’s credits.
- NOTE: Some courses in each cluster require prerequisites that must be met making them a 21 credit cluster. Please see course descriptions.
Take two of the following four courses as an introduction to their major:
Note: If an introductory course is also part of a student’s chosen area, a student may count one introductory course as part of that area’s credits.
Choose and complete one CLAS minor or certificate:
The undergraduate minor in Public Health is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the social, cultural, and biological dimensions of health. The minor curriculum provides students with the intellectual and methodological tools needed to understand the joint bio-cultural determinants and contexts of health, health care and public health.
The Health Humanities minor critically analyzes historical and contemporary connections among health, medicine, and society. The minor deepens understandings of disease and wellness, pain and suffering, personhood, the nature of death and dying, embodied experience, and the limits of technological knowledge. Students explore the human dimensions of medical practice and how they interact with lived experience.
The Certificate in Health Communication seeks to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for creating, analyzing, and assessing health communications in a diverse and global world, where health occupies an increasingly prominent portion of our public life. This certificate provides students with a theoretically rich and practically relevant education in how health messages are generated, negotiated, and understood.
The Sociology of Health and Medicine Certificate provides training in the core research methodologies and theories of medical sociology, examining individual experience, institutional structures, laws and policies that affect health, and broader systems of inequality that lead to unequal rates of illness and access to care.
And choose and complete 15 credit hours, 9 upper division in at least one topical cluster:
- Aging and End of Life Cluster
- Biology and Society Cluster
- Environmental Health Cluster
- Drugs and Addiction Cluster
- Family Health Issues Cluster
- Food and Nutrition Cluster
- Sexuality and Reproduction Cluster
Take the following Capstone course toward the end of your career (junior/senior year)
Aging and End of Life Cluster
The Aging and End of Life Cluster is designed for students to learn about the range of human experiences with aging and dying, and to understand how the medical considerations of aging and the end of life intersect with social, ethical, policy, and religious questions.
- ANTH 3666 - Anthropology of Death
- PHIL 3550 - Philosophy of Death and Dying
- PSYC 2205 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology for Health Majors
- PSYC 3822 - Aging, Brain and Behavior
- RLST 4460 - Death and Concepts of Afterlife
- SOCY 3570 - Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives
- SOCY 4290 - Aging, Society and Social Policy
- SOCY 4650 - Sociology of Adulthood and Aging
- IWKS 4520 - Design for Healthful Human Longevity
Biology and Society Cluster
This area examines the ways biology interacts with everyday life. Students will learn about the reciprocal relationships between biology and society, including themes of health and disease, the environment, evolution, ethics, and behavioral choices about health.
- ANTH 4150 - Human Biocultural Adaptability
- ANTH 4600 - Medical Anthropology
- PHIL 4242 - Bioethics
- PSYC 2220 - Biological Basis of Behavior
- PSYC 3262 - Health Psychology
- PSYC 3263 - Hormones and Behavior
- PSYC 3724 - Developmental Psychobiology
- PSYC 3810 - Neuropsychology
- SOCY 4220 - Population Change and Analysis
Note: If students choose multiple upper division PSYC courses, they will need to add the introductory prerequisites, for a total for 21 credits for the cluster.
Environmental Health Cluster
This area focuses on the relationships between people and their environments. Students will learn about how both natural and built environments impact human health and disease, and how ecological balances are important to maintaining human health.
- ANTH 3250 - Climate, Environment and Society
- ANTH 3316 - History of Human Environmental Impacts
- BIOL 3654 - General Microbiology
- BIOL 4053 - Disease Ecology
- BIOL 4154 - Conservation Biology
- BIOL 4415 - Microbial Ecology
- BIOL 4460 - Environmental Toxicology
- ENVS 1342 - Environment, Society and Sustainability
- ENVS 4720 - Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions
- GEOG 3401 - Geography of Food and Agriculture
- GEOG 3501 - Geography of Health
- GEOG 4020 - Earth Environments and Human Impacts
- GEOG 4350 - Environment and Society in the American Past
- GEOG 4710 - Disasters, Climate Change, and Health
- PBHL 3020 - Introduction to Environmental Health
Note: If students choose multiple upper division BIOL courses, they will need to add the BIOL introductory sequence, General Biology 1 and 2 (BIOL 2051/2095 and BIOL 2061/2097), which counts for university core requirements, for a total of 21 credits in the cluster. You can also use the Biology prerequisites towards a Biology Minor in addition to your cluster.
Drugs and Addiction Cluster
This area considers the characteristics of addiction and how drugs work. Students will have the opportunity to study drugs and addiction from a variety of perspectives to better understand how individuals experience addiction and how society approaches policies and treatments regarding drugs and addiction.
- ANTH 3045 - Cannabis Culture
- ANTH 3420 - Anthropology and Politics of the Global Tobacco Epidemic
- BIOL 1200 - Drugs, Health, and Wellness
- ECON 3400 - Economics of Sex and Drugs
- PSYC 3265 - Drugs, Brain and Behavior
- SOCY 3040 - Drugs, Alcohol & Society
Family Health Issues Cluster
This area explores families as locations of health and well-being, on the one hand, and sources of health problems and crises, on the other. Students will learn about the relationships between family health and community health, as well as individual health and family health.
- COMM 3275 - Family Communication
- PBHL 3051 - Mental Illness and Society
- PBHL 4110 - Public Health Perspectives On Family Violence
- PSYC 3405 - Family Psychology
- PSYC 3611 - Psychology of Women
- SOCY 3010 - Sociology of Human Sexuality
- SOCY 3700 - Sociology of the Family
- SOCY 4270 - Social Meanings of Reproduction
- SOCY 4640 - Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence
- SOCY 4780 - Violence in Relationships
Note: If students choose multiple PSYC courses, they will need to add PSYC introductory sequence, PSYC 1000 and PSYC 1005, which counts for core requirements, for total of 21 credits in the cluster.
Food and Nutrition Cluster
This area considers relationships between nutrition and overall health and well-being. Students will connect food to issues of sustainability and communication, understand obstacles to healthy eating, and learn about global issues of nutrition.
- ANTH 3210 - Urban Food Systems and Sustainability
- ANTH 4040 - Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
- CHEM 2300 - Nutritional Chemistry
- COMM 4601 - You Are What You Eat: Food as Communication
- GEOG 4460 - Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I
- GEOG 4470 - Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study II
- EDFN 4000 - Food Justice in City & Schools
Sexuality and Reproduction Cluster
This area examines sexuality and reproduction at both micro and macro levels, from the anatomy of the human body and the psychology of mind to the history of multiple societies and clusters. Students will learn how assumptions about gender and sex inform the science of sexuality and reproduction, and health impacts that derive from these relationships.
- ANTH 4260 - Human Reproductive Ecology
- BIOL 4074 - Human Reproductive Biology
- HIST 4307 - History of Sexuality
- HIST 4345 - Gender, Science, and Medicine: 1600 to the Present
- PBHL 3010 - Human Sexuality and Public Health
- PBHL 3071 - Global Topics In Sexual and Reproductive Health
- PSYC 3235 - Human Sexuality
- SOCY 3080 - Sex and Gender