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BS in Health Science Studies

The bachelor of science program in health science studies is designed for students entering the School of Health Sciences who have interest in the basic sciences and health-related career paths at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon admission, students choosing this option are assigned to academic advisers who will assist them in designing a customized program to meet their career goals.

Qualified students may complete the BS in health science studies and apply to graduate programs such as cardiovascular perfusion, MAT (education), MBA in health care management, medical laboratory sciences, pathologists' assistant, physical therapy, physician assistant or social work. Students interested in the MBA in health care management are strongly encouraged to declare the general business minor early in their undergraduate program to ensure they have an adequate foundation for graduate business course work.

First-year students in the School of Health Sciences who are undecided about professional career goals also can use the health science studies major as preparation for graduate study in a field such as nutrition, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, optometry, chiropractic medicine or dentistry.

Consistent with other four-year specific programs in the basic and health sciences, the School of Health Sciences provides a general curriculum for the undeclared students. During this time, students pursue course work in biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics and the liberal arts while exploring potential areas of concentration. Students are also encouraged to enroll in a career exploration course to help them identify their interests. Given the broad applicability of course work in the first two years of study, it is possible for a student to meet specific program requirements that will enable them to matriculate into a difference major before the end of their sophomore year, such as athletic training, diagnostic medical sonography, nursing, occupational therapy or radiologic sciences.

Pre-medical Studies Program
Students majoring in health science studies may fully participate in the pre-medical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students interested in the premedical studies program should contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.

Curriculum + Requirements

A total of 122 credits is required for completion of the BS in health science studies.

Fall Semester, First Year (17 credits)




BIO 101/101L** General Biology I (UC) with lab 4
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry I (UC) with lab 4
or CHE 101/101L* Fundamentals of Chemistry I with lab
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
FYS 101 First-year Seminar 3
MA 275* Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3

Spring Semester, First Year (16-17 credits)




BIO 102/102L** General Biology II (UC) with lab 4
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab 4
or CHE 102/102L* Fundamentals of Chemistry II with lab
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
UC Social Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities 3
or HSC 221*** Introduction to Health Care 2
UC Social Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities 3
MA 275* Quantitative Literacy (UC)

*Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.
**Freshman biology (8 cr.) must be completed after two years, unless other transferred biology credits are accepted to fulfill this requirement.
***Core course taken in freshman spring or sophomore fall semester.

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements
Following the first year of study, health science studies students meet with their academic advisers and develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. To remain in good standing within the program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and earn 122 credits for degree completion. Course selections must fulfill the following:

Course Categories:

  • Basic science core (biology, chemistry & physics) (13 credits)
  • Health/science electives (30 credits)
  • Open electives (33 credits)
  • University Curriculum requirements (46 credits)

Total 122