Health Sciences Major

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Health sciences is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second major and their advising team should be familiar with each major.

Specific Course Requirements

Courses for the program will be selected in close consultation with the student’s advising team. Courses in the major come from disciplines in a variety of areas of study, primarily the natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. In addition to the pre-requisite courses needed for their desired graduate or post-baccalaureate program,  all majors take Health Science Seminar, a 1-credit course designed to help students with the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips and financial planning. The major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (nine courses) chosen from the lists in each field below, one of which must be an internship at the 390 level in the student’s proposed career field. This internship experience is undertaken in the junior or senior year and is intended to give the student an opportunity to gain the real-world experience necessary for a career in any of the health care fields.

The Health Sciences Seminar acts as a capstone to the major along with the internship experience and should be taken in the junior or senior year.

Health Sciences

HSCI 390Internship4
HSCI 400Health Science Seminar1
Total Credits5

Because health sciences is an interdisciplinary major, students must select courses from at least two different disciplines listed below. In addition, at least four of the courses in the major must be at the 200 level or above. Students must work closely with their advising team to make sure they select the necessary courses to prepare for the graduate program they desire, as well as courses that complement their second major.

Biology

BIOL 202Intro Biol: Ecol and Evolution4
BIOL 203Intro Biol:Molecules and Cells4
BIOL 313Molecular Cell Biology4
BIOL 315Microbiology4
BIOL 341Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 342Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL/CHEM 434Biochemistry (CHEM 434)4
BIOL 443Genetics4

Chemistry

CHEM 111Chemical Principles I4
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM/BIOL 434Biochemistry (BIOL 434)4
BIOL 443Genetics4

Mathematics

MATH 112Elementary Statistics4
MATH 114College Algebra4
MATH 115Elementary Functions4
MATH 116Trigonometry4
MATH 220Calculus I: Differential Cal4

Physics

PHYS 111Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences I4
PHYS 112Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II4
PHYS 117Physics I4
PHYS 118Physics II4

Psychology

PSY 100General Psychology4
PSY 224Developmental Psychology4
PSY/BIOL 340Psychobiology (Biol 340)4
PSY 342Abnormal Psychology4
PSY/BIOL 343Sensory Systems (Biol 343)4

Public Health

PBH 100Introduction to Public Health4
PBH 200Epidemiology4
PBH 292Scientific Inquiry: Introduction to Research in Community Health Issues (BIOL 292)4
PBH 300Global Health3,4

Sport Studies

SPST 210Introduction to Athletic Injury and Illness with Lab4
SPST 211Health and Wellness Promotion4
SPST 245Emergency Procedures in Sports Medicine4
SPST 246Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise4
SPST 311Sport and Exercise Physiology4
SPST 314Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Nutrition4
SPST 340Psychology of Sport & Exercise4
SPST 373Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation with Lab4
SPST 474Physical Examination and Assessment with Lab4

Total credits required for B.S. degree in health science is 33 credits.