About Bioethics

The interdisciplinary curricular concentration in bioethics encompasses work in the fields of biology, natural science, neuroscience, religion, philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, politics, economics, and business.

Students study topics at the intersection of the life sciences and the humanities, such as regenerative medicine and human stem cell research, global health, race, culture, gender, health care, global warming, human and animal experimentation, genetic screening and gene therapy, human population growth, genetics, embryology, reproduction, death and dying, disability studies, neuroscience, and human and animal psychology, among others.

Students analyze and understand the ethical, moral, and cultural historical dimensions of problems at the nexus of these topics, studying the interrelationship between science (particularly medical sciences, but also neuroscience, psychology, and the biological sciences), ethics (both philosophical and religious), and culture (literature, sociology, politics, anthropology, religious studies, and business).

Bioethics Emphasis Faculty

Faculty members come together from several disciplines and departments to provide a unique cross-disciplinary perspective that is the hallmark of this concentration. The Bioethics Advisory Committee/Bioethics Emphasis faculty includes:

  • Suzanne Holland, John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values; Department of Religion; Director, Bioethics Emphasis 
  • Lisa Johnson, School of Business and Leadership
  • Kristin Johnson, Department of Science, Technology, and Society
  • Jung Kim, Department of Exercise Science
  • Benjamin Lewin, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Siddharth Ramakrishnan, Department of Biology and Neuroscience Program
  • Ariela Tubert, Department of Philosophy

How to Declare the Bioethics Emphasis

In order to sign up for the Bioethics Emphasis students should complete the declaration form and deliver it to Academic Advising in Howarth 114.