Biomedical Ethics Program Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The minor in Biomedical Ethics is designed to introduce students to ethical issues that arise in health care and health care research. The minor is an interdisciplinary program that consolidates course offerings from the Departments of Biology, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, Psychological Sciences, and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and from the School of Business and School of Nursing.

Biomedical Ethics is a relatively new and fast-growing discipline. Students electing the minor are required to have a basic background of biology coursework, and will take a curriculum that includes 18 credit hours, beginning with a course on basic ideas and concepts in Biomedical Ethics, followed by a choice of other relevant humanities courses. The minor will be suitable for students in almost any major, especially students pursuing further academic work or careers in medicine, law, the health or life sciences, health policy and administration, informatics or forensics.