AJU’s Bioethics and Natural Sciences major (BNS) prepares students to
thrive within an evolving health care system. BNS students are
professionally prepared for medical, dental, pharmacy and graduate
programs. Additionally, BNS students have been successful in gaining
admission to law school.
Our program integrates the humanities and sciences with courses in philosophy, bioethics, biological sciences, physical sciences and
mathematics. Professors familiarize students with the latest health care
innovations and research methods relevant to the world we live in today,
with an eye on the future.
Students are given the tools to explore bioethics holistically within a
religious, cultural, social, political and economic context. We
challenge our students to gain mastery of multiple scientific
disciplines and to harness their education to prepare for professional
The BNS learning environment extends beyond the classroom. Internships
and other practical learning experiences connect our campus to our
community, balancing scientific and ethical theory with tangible
action. Opportunities for off-campus learning include internships at
area hospitals like UCLA and Cedars-Sinai, medical school laboratories,
and other local area health centers. Through these opportunities, students learn to apply their technical knowledge to meet the scientific and health care needs of the community at large.
Successful BNS students possess an organic passion for the sciences and
a hunger to explore the meaning of science through an ethical lens.
Strong communication and project planning skills are incorporated into
many courses throughout the major.
AJU College’s right-sized classes, mentors and professors guide students
to begin, follow and finish a well-defined educational and professional
path in bioethics and natural sciences.
To find out more, please contact department chair:
DEPARTMENT CHAIR & ADVISOR
David Lennartz Ph D
Dr. Lennartz Bio:
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.