Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics

If you want to have the credential and the credibility to influence the crucial ethical decisions facing our contemporary culture, here is your chance. The Dual Degree in Bioethics will allow you to engage, thoughtfully, compassionately and Biblically with bioethical issues like medical ethics, embryonic stem cell research, physician-assisted suicide, and abortion. The bioethics master’s degree will enhance any major, but is a strong complement to professions in health care, science, education, psychology, media communications, law, public, policy and church ministry. The Dual Degree can be entered as early as the summer before the junior year, with completion of the MA possible in the summer following the senior year of college, in time to enter professional and graduate schools along with your peers. Opportunities for internships/networking are available through the world-class Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on our Deerfield campus. Our students who have completed the MA in Bioethics attest to the competitive advantage this credential affords them as they apply for jobs or pursue admission to medical schools, graduate schools and other professional schools. 

What courses will I take?

Course descriptions for undergraduate courses are listed in the Trinity College Catalog. Course descriptions for graduate courses are listed in the Trinity Graduate School Catalog (see “Course Descriptions”). Students are expected to consult with their undergraduate and graduate advisors to make individual adjustments to the curricular plan as necessary.

Course IDCourse TitleCredit Hours
Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Years:
Undergraduate Course Work:
BI 101 Understanding the Old Testament –or–
BI 111 Understanding the New Testament 3 hours
BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 3 hours
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
BIO 111 General Biology –or–
BIO 103 Introductory Biology 3 hours
Other general education courses and required major courses
Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:
ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought replaces either BI 101 or BI 111
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory
Any Approved Undergraduate major, general education, or elective course: (3 hours) of graduate credit can replace 3 hours of undergraduate credit.
Service Learning Requirement:
Students can fulfill Trinity College’s Service Learning Requirement by working with The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on the summer National Bioethics Conference, with optional free attendance at the conferences in the summers following the freshman and sophomore years.
Junior Year:
Upon completion of 70 hours with a 3.0 GPA, students must submit an application and letter of recommendation to Trinity Graduate School Admissions to be accepted to the Dual Degree Program.
Summer Before Senior Year:
Graduate Course Work:
ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought* 3 hours
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement* 3 hours
BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 4 hours
BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
*These two courses begin in the summer and are completed in the fall session.
Senior Year:
Course Work:
Complete course requirements for general education and major. A full academic course load must include at least 12 hours of graduate and undergraduate courses per semester.
Graduate Course Work:
Fall Semester:
Complete or take ID 5001 and IDS 5002 (6 hours)
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Spring Semester:
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context (optional) 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
BE 5299 The Clinical Context 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
—Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree Completed—
Summer Following Senior Year:
Graduate Course Work:
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 4 hours
BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
BE 7700 Bioethics Seminar 3 hours
Bioethics Capstone
BE 7476 Bioethics Comprehensive Examination –or–
BE 7478 Bioethics Capstone Projects –or–
BE 7480 Bioethics Capstone Integrative Paper –or–
BE 7485 Thesis† 0-4 hours
†BE 7485 requires ID 6910, a research methods course, as a prerequisite.
—Master of Arts Degree Completed—