Students on the program will take the following three courses, tentative syllabi for each course available by clicking on course name:

BISC 4bj: Food, Nutrition and Health
BISC 10aj: Diabetes
HSSP 120bj: Health Care Landscapes

Students will earn 12 credits and the program may count towards one of the semesters that students need in order to graduate.

How the courses count:

  • BISC 4bj and BISC 10aj count as Focal Area A electives for Health: Science, Society, and Policy (only for BA majors)
  • HSSP 120bj counts as a Focal Area C elective for Health: Science, Society, and Policy
  • Or HSSP 120bj may count towards the HSSP hands-on experience requirement with prior approval of the HSSP internship instructor (It can only count toward Focal Area C or the hands-on experience requirement, not both.)
  • BISC 10aj can be used towards the Oral Communication requirement (please see the University Bulletin for complete details)
  • The Social Science distribution requirement will be met
  • The Science distribution requirement will be met
  • BISC 4bj and BISC 10aj do not meet the requirements for the major in Biology or for the BS major in HSSP.

Tentative Schedule

JBS is an intensive and immersive experience and students should expect to be engaged in learning four to five days a week for most of the day.


9:30-noon  BISC 4b: Lecture and class discussion
Guest lectures every two weeks

3-5 PM  HSSP 120j:  Class discussion and reflections on the field trip/site visit that took place on the day before


9:30-noon and 1-2 PM BISC 10a:  Lecture, class discussion, students form sub-groups to work on projects, sub-group students give presentations in class (later on in the course)

2-6PM  BISC 10a:  Food lab


9-6PM  HSSP 120j: Full day field trip/site visit


9:30-noon  BISC 4B: Lecture and class discussion


No class

Note that this schedule and all information is subject to change.