Science, Health, and Values

The minor in Science, Health, and Values provides a thoughtful perspective on the issues related to health and healthcare in our society.
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This program is available as a minor.

The Science, Heath, and Values program is for students who are interested in the healthcare industry and hope to develop a balanced scientific and philosophical knowledge as well as direct experience with health care settings. Learn how to judge situations fairly as you explore some of the many factors that influence the lives of those who are in need of care—whether physical, emotional, or mental.

The core of the program includes a course in ethics, an internship help in a professional setting, and an independent study project based on the student's interests. Our experienced faculty advisors help guide the process and encourage students to make connections with topics or practices that will benefit their future career.

The types of internships available to Wells students vary widely, but healthcare facilities are consistently among the types of internships our students take. If you're interested in spending time working with professionals in the veterinary, dental, pediatric, or other medical profession, the Office of Experiential Learning and Career Services can help find the right internship for you.

Elective courses allow students to choose from courses that focus specifically on topics such as economics, psychology, drug use, animals, or food. These options provide a deep understanding of issues that lie in between the sciences—such as biology or genetics—and the lived experience of other people.

The Rural Health Immersion Program allows a handful of students to travel to a hospital facility and interview, shadow, and interact with health professionals and observe how the hospital community interacts with local residents in order to meet their needs. Biology and chemistry faculty work with the Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC) to present this opportunity.

And for the most precise and helpful planning, speak with the Health Professions Advising Committee to determine which Wells courses will best prepare you for advanced studies in the medical industry or a related field.

"The resources and freedom to problem-solve as a team made available to me were very different from classroom lab instruction; this internship gave me an accurate idea of what obtaining a Ph.D. in microbiology is truly like."

Maia Baskerville ’17
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major
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Academic Connections

As a minor, the Science, Health, and Values prgram will complement whichever major you choose to pursue. The courses and the focus of the program pair well with a number of other programs, such as Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, or Philosophy, depending on which fields will give you the best preparation for the career you will have after graduation.

Speak with your faculty advisor to plan the best combination of classes and hands-on opportunities to develop your own educational experience.


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