Overview

Be empowered to aspire higher and lead communities to better health through a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from SMWC. Through coursework and real-world experience, you will be prepared for a wide range of opportunities in the health and wellness industry. Learn how to understand and promote better health in our major or minor health and wellness program.

Our approach is effective.

In our small, open classrooms, you’ll receive personalized interaction with your professors, have many opportunities to work collaboratively with classmates, and gain hands-on experience. Our faculty members hold advanced degrees in their field and have diverse experience in education, research, and industry fields.
Not only will your coursework explore the specifics of the health and wellness major, it will include a strong foundation in the liberal arts, providing you with a well-rounded education.

Major

A bachelor of science degree at SMWC requires at least 120 semester hours. In addition to general studies courses and electives, the Health and Wellness major requires 46 semester hours.

Required Courses

Health and Wellness students may only take BI490 for 3-6 credits.

BI 251 Bioethics
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
CH 101 Chemistry for Changing Times
Campus | 3 Credits
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Offers a basic knowledge of the science of chemistry as a tool for understanding the physical world. With this knowledge, we examine the following: how scientists approach and solve problems and how chemistry-related concepts appear in our day-to-day lives. No prior chemistry background is assumed. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus 3 Credits
BI 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Includes the structure and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems to human bodies as well as a general introduction to this area. Course fee.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BI 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Includes the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as growth, development and genetics. Course Fee. Prerequisite: BI 231

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HS 330 Human Services Techniques: Casework Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Techniques of human services practice and helping processes for individuals and families, with emphasis on system analysis, needs assessment, case planning, documentation, ethics, and the professional use of self in human services roles. Prerequisite: HS 311 (may be taken concurrently).

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HW 105 Health and Wellness Concepts
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explore foundational concepts and theories of health, wellness, and illness related to health promotion, disease prevention, and quality of life. Environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health practices are emphasized. Opportunities for health careers are also explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 106 Medical Terminology
Campus | 2 Credits
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Examines medical terminology as the language of health care including the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. The emphasis is on spelling, pronunciation, definition, and word usage. Basic anatomy and physiology are discussed; however, no previous knowledge of these topics is necessary. Spring.

Campus 2 Credits
HW 212 Human Nutrition
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on principles of nutrition, alterations in nutrition, as well as clinical nutrition, and therapeutic diets. Concepts of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutritive needs, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Health issues related to excess or lack of nutrients will be explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 215 Fitness Theory and Practice
Campus | 3 Credits
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Fundamental principles of physical fitness are utilized to provide fitness programs for individuals and groups. Skills are developed to assess personal fitness levels and to design pre and post intervention strategies. Techniques will be developed for improving cardiovascular circulation, flexibility, increased muscular strength, endurance training, and fitness adaptions for identified populations. (Two hours of didactic lecture and one two hour fitness lab per week). Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 265 Community Health
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines concepts, theories, history, populations, and experiences related to community health issues and programs. Methods to assess community health will be demonstrated. Functions and responsibilities of health and wellness providers in various community health settings will be explored. Resources and services available within community will be identified. Development of networks to provide services in the community will be discussed. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 350 Health Education and Coaching
Campus | 3 Credits
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Expectations of the career role as a community educator or health coach are examined. Teaching methods and approaches to wellness coaching are presented. Theories of motivation are analyzed for selected populations. Variations in the application are based on the demographics and learning style of participants. Skills are developed in small group exercises. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 490 Internship
Campus | 3 Credits
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A supervised field experience in health and wellness promotion, prevention, and/or education. Students learn about contemporary issues in health and wellness through hands-on work with mentors and health and wellness professionals. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 260 Developmental Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 365 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisite: PS 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Electives

Choose one from the following:

PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 440 Personality
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Extensive coverage of the basic concepts and methods, major theories and results of research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HW 410 Psychopharmacology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on physical and psychological effects of selected over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, and psychoactive prescriptive medications. Slang terms used to describe the substances, methods of ingestion, and complications of use will be explored. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits

Required Woods Core Courses

Choose from AD 200 or MU 200. Only one 400 level WC course is required.

WC 100 Into the Woods, Out of the Woods, Communities and Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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WC 100 uses the concept of communities, and how they have influenced societies, education and the world to introduce the concept of the SMWC community and its particular values and ideas. Includes emphasis on critical thinking and writing, as well as information literacy. Serves as a foundation to help students identify their individual goals and values. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 111 General Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 111 English Composition and Research Writing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course explores strategies of critical reading, thinking and writing to improve students’ skills in writing to a professional audience. Analysis of texts and arguments are featured, and peer editing and revision are used as important tools for improving each student’s writing process in several essay formats, including multimedia. Citation skills and Standard English are addressed. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: EN 110 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
CO 111 Introduction to Human Communication
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides students with a theoretical foundation and application practice in a variety of communication contexts. Students examine the principles of effective communication and behaviors in intrapersonal, interpersonal, electronic and public communication. Class activities and oral assignments engage students in the practical application of these principles with the aim of preparing students for leadership roles. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: PowerPoint competency attained.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MA 117 Quantitative Reasoning
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The study of mathematics from a liberal-arts perspective. Introduces students to logic, critical thinking, and problem solving using everyday activities and real-world problems. Incorporates proportional reasoning, mathematical modeling, and an introduction to probability and statistics. Remaining topics to be chosen by the instructor may include number theory, basic set theory, and/or various application of mathematics. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
WC 150 Intercultural Communication
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A comparative culture class in which students learn to communicate effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds. By examining the tenets of cultural and intercultural communication theories, students will have a better understanding of different cultures from their own. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
TH 200 Introduction to Religion and Spirituality
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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TH 200 is a study of religion and spirituality and their relationship to social justice, women’s issues and environmental sustainability. The course introduces students to the nature of religion and spirituality and examines how they can generate and support a vision of life focused on service and a commitment to social justice. The vision and ministries of the Sisters of Providence will be taken as examples and illustrations of a service-oriented lifestyle that is grounded in spirituality and religion. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: WC 100

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PH 200 Introduction to Philosophy
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A philosophical examination of the foundations of the responses of Western and non-Western traditions to the perennial questions of human existence. What is there? How do we do it? What am I? What should we do? Students will read major contributions to these questions. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Every semester.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 200 Studies in the Visual Arts
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the development of formal and contextual criteria leading to an understanding of the visual language of art and its application to personal, societal, cultural and aesthetic concerns. Provides a knowledge base of information and visual literacy skills necessary for informed critical analysis, discussion, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts. Fulfills General Studies requirement. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year. WOL: Fall, Spring and Summer, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MU 200 American Music: From Jamestown to James Brown and Beyond
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course introduces students to a rich and diverse history of American popular music. Students will listen critically to both recorded and live music, discussing and writing about the music itself and about its cultural and historical content and significance. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 211 Introduction to Literature
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces to the creative and critical processes in literature. Using examples of poetry, fiction, and drama this course emphasizes methods of writing and reading critically about literature. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HI 222 World History Since 1900
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A survey of major events and developments worldwide since 1900. Topics include independence movements in Europe’s colonies, the two world wars, the Holocaust, revolutions, communism, fascism, socialism, laissez-faire capitalism, economic globalization, women’s liberation, cultural trends including diversity, and the role of technology in shaping today’s world. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
WC 401 Social Justice
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines social justice issues that have impacted present and recent social conditions world-wide. While the course will provide grounding for social justice topics in the associated areas in the social sciences, including sociology, business and economics; it will primarily focus on social justice movements in light of spirituality, specially how individual spirituality has impacted social justice movements. Spiritual roots of social movements in major faith traditions will be explored. In this context the course will also introduce students to some of the methods used by leaders of impactful social justice movements. Finally, the effect of advances in information and media technology on social movements will also be studied. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
WC 402 Sustainability
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduce participants to the goals, principles, and practical applications of sustainability. Many organizations, companies, and institutions are increasingly interested in conducting their activities while becoming more sensitive to the environmental, social, and economic dimensions. In this course, we will examine the major environmental issues and trends happening in modern society from a scientific and practical perspective, including energy and resource use, pollution, climate change, water, and population. Five major themes in sustainability will be discussed: Sustainability and the link to the Sister of Providence, conservation, food sustainability, social justice, and financial sustainability. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
WC 403 Global Women Leading Change
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An integrative view of women worldwide who have taken on leadership roles in their communities and initiated cultural changes. Students will examine transformative models of leadership that have addressed critical issues around the world. An introduction to international social norms and their influences on the struggles that women often face within their own countries and communities. A Vision of Change project is a required component of this course. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

Required Courses

19 credit hours required; all courses listed.

BI 251 Bioethics
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
HW 106 Medical Terminology
Campus | 2 Credits
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Examines medical terminology as the language of health care including the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. The emphasis is on spelling, pronunciation, definition, and word usage. Basic anatomy and physiology are discussed; however, no previous knowledge of these topics is necessary. Spring.

Campus 2 Credits
HW 105 Health and Wellness Concepts
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explore foundational concepts and theories of health, wellness, and illness related to health promotion, disease prevention, and quality of life. Environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health practices are emphasized. Opportunities for health careers are also explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 212 Human Nutrition
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on principles of nutrition, alterations in nutrition, as well as clinical nutrition, and therapeutic diets. Concepts of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutritive needs, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Health issues related to excess or lack of nutrients will be explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 215 Fitness Theory and Practice
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Fundamental principles of physical fitness are utilized to provide fitness programs for individuals and groups. Skills are developed to assess personal fitness levels and to design pre and post intervention strategies. Techniques will be developed for improving cardiovascular circulation, flexibility, increased muscular strength, endurance training, and fitness adaptions for identified populations. (Two hours of didactic lecture and one two hour fitness lab per week). Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 265 Community Health
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines concepts, theories, history, populations, and experiences related to community health issues and programs. Methods to assess community health will be demonstrated. Functions and responsibilities of health and wellness providers in various community health settings will be explored. Resources and services available within community will be identified. Development of networks to provide services in the community will be discussed. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

Select one from the following:

HS 330 Human Services Techniques: Casework Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Techniques of human services practice and helping processes for individuals and families, with emphasis on system analysis, needs assessment, case planning, documentation, ethics, and the professional use of self in human services roles. Prerequisite: HS 311 (may be taken concurrently).

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HW 350 Health Education and Coaching
Campus | 3 Credits
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Expectations of the career role as a community educator or health coach are examined. Teaching methods and approaches to wellness coaching are presented. Theories of motivation are analyzed for selected populations. Variations in the application are based on the demographics and learning style of participants. Skills are developed in small group exercises. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 365 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisite: PS 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Health and Wellness Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively utilizing written expression, verbal skills, and the use of media technology.
  • Acquire specific knowledge relevant to promoting holistic health and wellness.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and evidence-based findings to analyze current health and wellness trends.
  • Assess the health and wellness needs of individuals, communities, and populations.
  • Provide services through the design, utilization of resources, and evaluation of programs that promote health and wellness.
  • Display leadership and advocacy that promotes health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and uphold ethical standards related to the promotion of health and wellness.
Career Paths

Health and Wellness students at The Woods emerge prepared to pursue health and wellness careers.

  • Health care navigator
  • Case manager
  • Personal health coach
  • Certified health education specialist
  • Community health educator
  • Health promotion and planning developer
  • Wellness promoter for businesses, colleges, or insurance companies.