The Bioethics and Natural Sciences (BNS) Department addresses the needs and interests of students who intend to enter such areas as medicine, healthcare administration, allied health professions, environmental sciences or graduate studies in the natural sciences.
The BNS major combines a core program in physical and life sciences with the humanities and social sciences through courses in Philosophy, Healthcare Ethics, and liberal arts disciplines. BNS graduates will thus be educated in a tradition that emphasizes the whole person in a religious, social, political, and economic environment.
Furthermore, the BNS major prepares students for admission to medical or other allied health professional schools. Thus, the curriculum satisfies the requirements of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); a necessity for medical school admissions.
Currently, the BNS major offers certain courses in clinical ethics and research internship under an arrangement with Cedars Sinai Medical center. These courses require senior standing in the major and a formal application / orientation process both on campus and at the Cedars Sinai facility. Eligible seniors must meet with the department chair well in advance of the fall semester of their final year of studies in the major to complete the application and acceptance process in time for the beginning of the fall semester.
This department offers the following major and minor:
- Bioethics and Natural Sciences
Three concentrations are offered within the BNS program:
- Premedical Studies
- Health Science
- Environmental Studies
The Premedical concentration prepares students for admission to graduate, medical, dental, pharmaceutical or veterinary schools.
The Health Science concentration prepares students for continued study in professional programs in allied health fields including physical therapy, occupational therapy, or healthcare administration.
The Environmental Studies concentration prepares students for entrance into graduate studies in Environmental Sciences or for entrance into various private sector positions such as environmental consulting and environmental engineering.
BSC designates courses in the biological sciences. CSC designates courses in chemical sciences. EES designates courses in ecological or environmental sciences. MAT designates mathematics courses. PSC designates courses in the physical/earth sciences. BINT designates interdisciplinary courses across multiple departments that are grounded in bioethics/natural sciences. ICS designates courses offered only off-campus (at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ).
DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND ADVISOR
David Lennartz, Ph.D.
Phone: (310) 476-9777 Ext. 581
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Ph.D. Cell and Protozoan Physiology, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, 1981
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. Biology (Molecular and Cellular concentration). 1977
Post-Doctoral Research: UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute: Ultrastructural Studies on Effects of Antioxidants on Neonatal Retinas in High Oxygen Environments. USC School of Pharmacy. Development of Liposomes as Drug Delivery. USC School of Medicine: Evaluation of Effects of Dibromochloropropane on the Mammalian Reproductive System.
David Lennartz, Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Natural Sciences and Chair of the Department. He has special interests and experience in Cellular & Developmental Biology, Protozoan Physiological Ecology & Microbiology and Human Health (Public Health, Communicable Diseases and Ergonomics).
Dr. Lennartz spent several years in the private sector as a Health Research Analyst for a medical planning consultant firm. During this time, he developed specialized database tools for cataloging and retrieving healthcare information. He also served as a Public Health education specialist for various private and government clients and was thus an active member of many strategic planning project teams.
Prior to joining AJU’s faculty, Dr. Lennartz taught on the faculties of Mt. St. Mary’s College, Glendale Community College, Cleveland Chiropractic College (Preclinical Sciences) and California Lutheran University. He also served on state level science curriculum reform committees, seeking to further the cause of developing and maintaining excellence in secondary science education.