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Undergraduate Minors

Overview


Minor fields of study have been established within the University to provide opportunities for formal inter/intra-school study. Students must be enrolled in a degree program and must be in good standing to be eligible to take a Minor Field of Study in another school. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the Minor Field of Study and the courses taken in support of the Minor are entered on the student’s transcript. GWSPH has four minor fields of study:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Exercise Science
  • Nutrition Science
  • Public Health

Admissions 

To apply for the Public Health minor, students must have a 2.75 GPA or above.

Please note, there is currently a waitlist for the Minor in Public Health.   Even so, students are encouraged to take courses towards the minor while they are on the waitlist. The program advisors work with all students to assist them in being able to declare a minor before they graduate.

To apply for the Exercise Science and Nutrition Science minors, students must have a 2.5 GPA or above.

The minor in Bioinformatics requires students to have a 2.8 GPA or above.

The program guides linked to each program tab that follows include the application forms for each minor program.

 


Bioinformatics


The Biostatistics & Bioinformatics department offers a Minor in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary minor offering focused training that integrates concepts in health, biology, statistics, and computer science. The program develops and integrates skills across the core competency areas in bioinformatics, including computation, biology, statistics/mathematics, and foundational knowledge in bioinformatics.

Admissions

Applicants must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA or above, and notification of seat available. The application can be submitted electronically here.

Curriculum

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours to include:

Required Courses: 12 credits

PUBH 3201 | Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 credits)
PUBH 3202 | Introduction to Genomics (3 credits)
PUBH 4201 | Practical Computing (3 credits)
PUBH 4202 | Bioinformatics Algorithms and Data Structures (3 credits)

Elective Courses - Choose two (2) courses from the following list:

ANTH 2406 | Human Evolutionary Genetics (3 credits)
BISC 2207 | Genetics (3 credits)
BISC 3209 | Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BME 2820 | Biomedical Engineering Programming I (3 credits)
BME 2825 | Biomedical Engineering Programming II (3 credits)
BME 3820 | Principles and Practice of Biomedical Engineering (4 credits)
CHEM 3165 | Biochemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 3166 | Biochemistry II (3 credits)
CSCI 3212 | Algorithms (4 credits)
CSCI 3221 | Programming Languages (3 credits)
CSCI 4364 | Machine Learning (3 credits)
CSCI 4572 | Computational Biology (3 credits)
MATH 3359 | Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)
MATH 3553 | Introduction to Numerical Analysis (3 credits)
MATH 3613 | Introduction to Combinatorics (3 credits)
MATH 3730 | Computability Theory (3 credits)
MATH 3740 | Computational Complexity (3 credits)
PUBH 3131 | Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease (3 credits)
PUBH 3151/W | Current Issues in Bioethics (3 credits)
PUBH 4199 | Undergraduate Independent Study (1-3 credits)
STAT 3119 | Analysis of Variance (3 credits)
STAT 3187 | Introduction to Sampling (3 credits)
STAT 4157 | Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I (3 credits)
STAT 4188 | Nonparametric Statistics Inference (3 credits)
STAT 4189 | Mathematical Probability and Applications I (3 credits)

Program Guides

Program Guide 2019-2020

Please contact the Program Director or Undergraduate Academic Advisor if you have questions about the minor, including selection of elective courses, adding/dropping the minor, and other inquiries.  (Note- New declarations/applications for the minor will be reviewed and processed outside of the regular course registration period due to volume of inquiries during this time.)   All transactions require the approval of the Program Director for the Minor in Bioinformatics. If you have any questions please contact our Undergraduate Academic Advisors here.


Exercise Science


A Minor in Exercise Science is offered through the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences. Students completing the minor in exercise science gain proficiency in exercise science, human anatomy, exercise physiology, and more.  Furthermore, students will fulfill the academic prerequisites for entry to the Milken Institute School of Public Health Master of Science program in Exercise Science.   The minor provides a strong foundation in exercise science in preparation for enrollment in professional schools including: medical school, physical therapy school, nursing school, physician assistant school, public health, and other graduate study.

Admissions 

Exercise Science majors in any concentration cannot declare a minor in Exercise Science. 

Applicants for the minor must have a 2.5 GPA or above to apply.  The application can be can submitted electronically here.

Curriculum

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours to include:

Required Courses - 13 credits

EXNS 1103 | Professional Foundations in Exercise Science (1 credit)
EXNS 1110 | Applied Anatomy Physiology I (4 credits)
EXNS 1111 | Applied Anatomy Physiology II (4 credits)
EXNS 2111 | Exercise Physiology I (4 credits)

Elective Courses - Choose two (2) courses from the following list (minimum 5 credits):

EXNS 1118 | Sport and Nutrition (3 credits)
EXNS 2110 | Injury Prevention and Control (3 credits)
EXNS 2112 | Exercise Physiology II* (4 credits)
EXNS 2113 | Kinesiology (4 credits)
EXNS 2116 | Exercise and Health Psychology (3 credits)
EXNS 2119 | Introduction to Nutrition Science (3 credits)
EXNS 3110 | Field Experience in Exercise Science (1-3 credits)

*  Enrollment requires a grade of C- or higher in EXNS 2111. 

Program Guides

Program Guide, 2019-2020

Please contact the Program Director or Undergraduate Academic Advisor if you have questions about the minor, including selection of elective courses, adding/dropping the minor, and other inquiries.  (Note- New declarations/applications for the minor will be reviewed and processed outside of the regular course registration period due to volume of inquiries during this time.)   All transactions require the approval of the Program Director for the Minor in Exercise Science. If you have any questions please contact our Undergraduate Academic Advisors here

Past Program Guides

Current students in the Minor in Exercise Science program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program.


Nutrition Science


GWSPH offers a Minor in Nutrition Science through the Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences. Students completing the minor in nutrition science gain knowledge and skills in nutrient function and metabolism, dietary sources of nutrients, and the role of nutrients throughout the lifecycle. The Minor in Nutrition Science consists of at least 18 credit hours.  

Admissions 

Nutrition Science majors cannot declare a minor in Nutrition Science.  

Applicants for the minor must have a 2.5 GPA or above to apply.  The application can be submitted electronically here.

Curriculum

The Minor in Nutrition Science requires a minimum of 18 credit hours to include:

Required Courses (9 credits)

EXNS 2114 | Nutrition Sciences I* (3 credits)
EXNS 2115 | Nutrition Sciences II (3 credits)
EXNS 2124 | Lifecycle Nutrition (3 credits)
 

Selective Courses (Choose 3 courses for 9 credits)

EXNS 1114 | Community Nutrition (3 credits)
EXNS 1118 | Sport and Nutrition (3 credits)
EXNS 2120 | Assessment of Nutritional Status (3 credits)
EXNS 2122 | Food Systems in Public Health (3 credits)
EXNS 2123 | Nutrition and Chronic Disease (3 credits)
EXNS 3111 | Nutrition Science Research Methods (3 credits)
GEOG 2133 | People, Land and Food (3 credits)
PUBH 3137 | Global Public Health Nutrition (3 credits)​

*Note - prerequisite required for Nutrition Sciences 1 is Introduction to Biology: Cells and Molecules with the lab (BISC 1115/1125 OR BISC 1111). 

Program Guides

Program Guide, 2019-2020

Please contact the Program Director or Undergraduate Academic Advisor if you have questions about the minor, including selection of elective courses, adding/dropping the minor, and other questions.  New declarations will not be processed during the registration period.  All transactions require the approval of the Program Director for the Minor in Nutrition Science.  If you have any questions please contact our Undergraduate Academic Advisors here.

Past Program Guides

Current students in the Minor in Nutrition Science program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program.


Public Health


GWSPH offers a Minor in Public Health.  Through this minor, students are introduced to a wide range of public health topics, such as epidemiology, health management and policy, global health, health behavior, and environmental and occupational health. The Public Health Minor consists of 18 credits. The minor provides a strong foundation in public health in preparation for careers in public health and continuing education in professional schools including: law school, medical school, physician assistant programs, and public health programs.

Admissions

Admissions Requirements: Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.   You will be notified when space becomes available.Please note, there is currently a waitlist for the Minor in Public Health.  Even so, students are encouraged to take courses towards the minor while they are on the waitlist. The program advisors work with all students to assist them in being able to declare a minor before they graduate.  To be placed on the waitlist, fill out the form found here.

Curriculum

Required Courses (9 credits)

PUBH 1101 | Intro to Public Health and Health Services (3 credits)
PUBH 3131 | Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease (3 credits)
PUBH 3133 | Global Health and Development (3 credits)

Courses toward the minor in Public Health are open to all undergraduate students based on availability in each course section. Required courses must be taken at GWSPH.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

See Program Guide linked below for the most up-to-date list of approved electives.

Students may fulfill the elective requirement by taking any PUBH course (excluding PUBH 4140W- Senior Seminar) or any course on the approved Public Health Elective Course List from the Bachelor of Science in Public Health.  In addition, students may take up to 3 elective credits from the approved Study Abroad course list or the approved non-GW course list as long as they comply with all rules regarding courses taken outside of GW. 

Non-Study Abroad courses taken outside of GW must meet the following requirements to be considered for approval:

  1. They must be offered by an accredited school. 
  2. They must be related to public health as determined by the Program Director. 
  3. They may not be taught by graduate students. 
  4. While courses may be taken on-line, they may be open access, on-line courses (e.g., MOOC or Coursera).  
  5. The class must be graded. 

Program Guides

Program Guide, 2019-2020

Please contact Undergraduate Advising if you have questions about the minor, including selection of elective courses, petitions to amend the requirements, dropping the minor, etc..  New declarations will not be processed during the course registration period.  All transactions require the approval of an Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Note:  We only allow students to double count one course toward their Public Health minor and any other program.  Additional courses will not be counted toward both programs.

Past Program Guides

Current students in the Minor in Public Health program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program.


BIOINFORMATICS

Program Director
Keith Crandall

EXERCISE SCIENCE

Program Director
Beverly Westerman

NUTRITION SCIENCE

Program Director
Allison Meni

PUBLIC HEALTH

Program Director
Sara Wilensky

FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE MINORS

Undergraduate Advising