Bioethics and Natural Sciences - Holistic Preparation for Tomorrow's Health Care Professionals

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 studies.

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.

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.