2016-17 Catalogs

Course Descriptions

GRN 300 Partnering with Family Caregivers
Connecting with family caregivers is crucial for the delivery of a successful care plan. This course explores how providers can address the psychosocial challenges of caring for an aging family member. Family caregivers are responsible for providing the majority of long term care for people who are living with chronic illness and progressive dementia. We will examine the challenges that impact caregiving including physical, emotional and spiritual strain, and how health care providers and social service professionals can provide information, resources and support that will lead to sustainable outcomes for both the caregiver and the care recipient. Prerequisites:  junior/senior status, College Writing and any PSY or SOC course. Cr 3.

GRN 313 Health and Later Years
This project-based course is designed for students from diverse fields who are interested in health and aging. The population of older people in the United States is growing at a rate that is unprecedented in American history and no matter what your career path this growth will impact you. Knowledge about illness, medications, physical activity, nutrition, sexuality, cognition and health care delivery will be some of the topics presented. Students will obtain essential information needed to provide effective care for aging clients, patients, loved ones, and themselves. Some community experiences will be expected. Cr 3.

GRN 315 Rehabilitation Services for Older Adult
This course will discuss rehabilitation services for older adults within the present health care system including types of services, cost and reimbursement for services and responsibilities of different rehabilitation professionals. The course will look at the role of the rehabilitation professional in the delivery of services in a variety of medical and community settings typical for older adults. The course will review common conditions for older adults including cardiac, pulmonary, neuromuscular, and orthopedic conditions and provide evidence-based examples of interventions commonly utilized in the rehabilitation profession. Finally, the role of rehabilitation in health promotion, prevention, and well-being will be explored. Prerequisites: College writing and any PSY or SOC course. Cr 3.

GRN 318 Adult Development and Aging
This advanced course surveys human development from post-adolescence through old age, including death and dying research. The study of adult development and aging addresses physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth as a set of dynamically interacting features of adult development, shaped by genes and environment. These topics will be addressed by exploring contemporary research in psychology, medicine and gerontology. Students will also explore current issues and debates in applied adult development research. There is an emphasis on being able to critically evaluate trends in methodology and application of development research. Cr 3.

GRN 390 Evaluation and Assessment of Older Adults
This course is designed for students who are interested in developing and refining skills in the evaluation and health assessment of older adults. The populations of the world and the United States will almost double by 2030. With the unprecedented increase in the number of older adults there is a growing need to understand their unique social and health care needs. Students will gain insight into the evaluation and health assessment process needed to promote health and well-being in older adults. Prerequisites: College Writing and any PSY or SOC course. Cr 3.

GRN 435 Death and Dying: Contemporary Issues
This course focuses on dying, death, and bereavement in contemporary Western society within the context of theory, research, and practice. Issues around sudden death and dying from a chronic and/or terminal illness will be explored. Selected topics include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, palliative and hospice care, pain and symptom management, physician assisted suicide, family caregiving at the end of life, advance care planning, pregnancy loss, and the death of a child. Normal grief will be differentiated from pathological or traumatic grief. Finally, the continuum of services (e.g., support groups, psycho-educational groups, Internet chat groups) that are available for bereaved persons will be explored. Cr 3.

STH 101 STEM Learning Seminar
This seminar is a component of the STEM Scholars program, an NSF funded grant to improve educational opportunities for academically talented and financially needy incoming students. STEM Scholars attend monthly seminars that offer opportunities for professional career development in their fields of study. Prerequisite: Participant in the STEM Scholars program. Cr 0.

STH 111 Life Science and Ecology for K-8 Teachers
Provides prospective elementary teachers a deep understanding of the life science and ecology concepts they would be expected to teach up through the eighth grade level according to the Next Generation Science Standards. The course also covers the process and design skills needed to be scientifically literate. The associated laboratory activities are included as part of the course, and students experience science that is directly connected to everyday experiences. Cr 4.

STH 112 Physical and Earth/Space Science for K-8 Teachers
Provides prospective elementary teachers a deep understanding of the physical science and earth/space concepts they would be expected to teach up through the eighth grade level according to the Next Generation Science Standards. The course also covers the process and design skills needed to be scientifically literate. The associated laboratory activities are included as part of the course, and students experience science that is directly connected to everyday experiences. Cr 4.

STH 440 College of Science, Technology, and Health Internship
An in-depth experience in hands-on learning and professional development acquired in the field. Students will focus their efforts in an engaged learning opportunity related to their major and area of professional interest, usually located in a business, institutional, industrial setting, research laboratory, or similar off-campus site. Prerequisites: matriculated student, minimum 60 completed credits, minimum 2.5 GPA, a precise definition of the internship experience and consent of the instructor. Pass/fail only. Generally restricted to CSTH majors. May be repeated. Credit variable Cr 1-6.