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 Biomedical Ethics Minor

18 Units - Including 6 upper division units with GPA 2.0 or higher and grade of C- or better, 4 upper division units must be taken at USD.  Courses taken in the minor may not be counted toward the major but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and CORE Curriculum requirements.

PHIL 331Biomedical Ethics3
Select one from the following:3
PHIL 335Death and Dying
PHIL 346Public Health Ethics
THRS 331Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
THRS 332HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics
Select one from the following:3-4
ANTH 101Introduction to Biological Anthropology
BIOL 114Topics in Human Biology with Lab
BIOL 115Physiology of Exercise with Lab
BIOL 118Peoples, Plagues and Microbes
BIOL 240Bioenergetics and Systems
BIOL 242Genomes and Evolution
Select 9 upper-division units from:9
BIOL 483Emerging Issues in Genetics
COMM 340Health Communication
COMM 440End of Life Communication Issues
ETHN 332American Indian Health and Spirituality
HCIN 541Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems
MKTG 435Business of Healthcare
PSYC 355Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 357Health Psychology
PSYC 359Health Psychology of Women and Ethnic Groups
SOCI 315Health and Society
Total Units18-19

Additional courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirement in the Biomedical Ethics minor, if the focus is biomedical in nature. Examples include: BIOL 494, COMM 494, MKTG 494, PHIL 334. Consult the Program Director for information about these courses.