Health Science

Health Science Contact Information
Stacey Jones - Administrator - [email protected]
Steven Huffman - Instructor - [email protected]
John McLaughlin - Instructor - [email protected]

Senior Seminar Contact Information

Leanna Rippey - English Instructor - [email protected]
Aaron West - Government  Instructor - [email protected]


Note: Virginia Western Community College determines courses in conjunction with Botetourt County Public Schools. Courses may change due to Virginia Western Community College program changes.

High School Advanced Biology (9902)
Offered:  GETC
Year:  1 – All Year – MWF
Credit:  1 (Not offered for dual enrollment credit)
Prerequisite:  Acceptance to STEM-H Academy
Course Description:  Biology I Advanced Studies provides the student with an in-depth study of a variety of biological concepts.   The intent of this course is to further prepare students for dual enrollment science courses in the STEM-H program.

Science Orientation Dual Enrollment (9943)
SDV 100/101
Offered:  GETC
Year:  1 – Fall
Credit: .5W (2 college credits)
Course Description:  Introduces students to the skills, which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college and to the discipline of health occupations.  Covers topics such as services at the college including the learning resources center; counseling, and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills, and topical areas which are applicable to health occupations.

Laboratory Research and Design
Offered:  GETC
Year:  1 – Spring
Credit: .5  (Not offered for dual enrollment credit)
Course Description:  This course will assist students in establishing foundational knowledge in a variety of laboratory procedures including DNA and protein electrophoresis, chromatography, distillation, along with the use of spectrometers, respirometers, thermocyclers and lab probeware.  Students will also examine the importance of the use of standard curves and sterile technique.  Emphasis on data collection and analysis will be placed on each lab experience.

College Biology I Dual Enrollment (9904)
BIO 101
Offered:  GETC
Year:  2 – Fall
Credit:  1W (4 college credits)
Prerequisite: Students must have a qualifying reading/writing score, (ENG 111 recommendation), on VPT, SAT, ACT, or PSAT test. Final grade of C or better in High School Biology Advanced Studies Credit: 1W (4 college credits)
Course Description:  Biology 101 offers an introduction to the basic processes of life and science. It explores biology as a science and how it impacts our life. Emphasis is on the scientific investigation, cellular structures and functions and mechanisms of inheritance as well as other processes common to most organisms including humans.  Moreover, plants including evolution, structure, physiology and reproduction will be explored. Part I of II.

College Biology II Dual Enrollment (9940)
BIO 102
Offered:  GETC
Year:  2 – Spring
Credit: 1W (4 college credits)
Prerequisite:  C or better in College Biology I (Biology 101)
Course Description:  College Biology II explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function, and evolution.  Part II of II.

*HLT 143 Medical Terminology I (3 college credits)
Offered: GETC – Hybrid Course
Year: 2 – Fall
Credit: 1W (3 college credits)
Course Description: Provides an understanding of medical abbreviations and terms. Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling, pronunciation, and usage. Emphasizes more complex skills and techniques in understanding medical terminology. Lecture 3 hours per week. Part I of II

Principles of Sociology Dual Enrollment (9949)
SOC 200
Offered:  GETC – Hybrid Course
Year:  2 – Spring
Credit:  1W (3 college credits)
Course Description:  Introduces fundamentals of social life. Presents significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions.


Students will attend Virginia Western Community College Regional Academy for Health Sciences for the third and fourth year of the health science program.

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