HBHB students with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Learn more about the 3-credit course requirement COMU 001: Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies

All students are required to take the course Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies (HBHB) during their first semester of living in WE.

The healthy brains, healthy bodies curriculum brings students through the macro and micro neuroanatomy of the developing brain.

  • The first half of the course follows the brain from prenatal development, postnatal development, early childhood and lastly through adolescence and early adulthood (e.g. the college years)
  • The second half of the semester specializes on the main pillars of health and health promotion


The course presents special emphasis on how the college environment affects not only the epigenome but how one acts, thinks, and what one desires.

Topics of discussion include but are not limited to:
  Mentorship Exercise
The Gut Sleep
Cannabis Alcohol & Other Drugs
Concussion Relationships

Each week of class includes lectures given by national and international experts on each of the topics discussed. The two sections of the course build to a final lecture; putting it all together- genes, brains, and behavior.


Questions about HBHB, COMU labs, or the Behavioral Change Health Studies Minor? Contact Samantha Ziemba, WE Curriculum Coordinator.


Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies

First-time first-year students joining the Wellness Environment will be automatically, pre-enrolled into the course COMU 001: Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies for the fall semester.

Students who join the Wellness Environment in the spring will need to enroll in COMU001 for the following fall semester. COMU001 is only offered in the fall.