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BS in Health Science Studies

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From the surgical unit and the emergency room to the physical therapy clinic of an NFL team, health science professionals are saving and improving lives every day.

About this Program


Career Preparation

Health science studies alumni say that the program prepared them for their career goals (Quinnipiac Alumni Survey 2017)


Success Rate

Nearly all of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (Quinnipiac Alumni Survey 2017)

Program Overview

Students learn from award-winning faculty members are leaders in their respective fields. Our part-time faculty bring expertise directly from the field into our labs, clinical experiences, and classrooms.

Hands On

Students learn from award-winning faculty members are leaders in their respective fields. Our part-time faculty bring expertise directly from the field into our labs, clinical experiences, and classrooms.

Our graduates have built successful careers in many dynamic and flourishing health care professions, such as dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, radiology, as well as teaching and health care management. 

Building on a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and science, we help you customize your health sciences program to complement your interests and gain expertise for your chosen profession. This interdisciplinary course work, combined with access to our highly advanced medical equipment and labs, prepares you to be a leader in your field. This degree provides excellent preparation for graduate study in cardiovascular perfusion, education, health care management, medical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, pathologists’ assistant and physical assistant programs. 

Your learning isn’t limited to the classroom. You’ll gain hands-on experience through interprofessional research projects and internships with distinguished professionals. With the program’s flexible curriculum, you can participate in one of Quinnipiac’s many travel abroad programs to explore global health care and learn about health issues from an international perspective.


Nate works on his walker

Building the future

Nate Noncent '17 works on his smart walker, a responsive walker that senses obstacles and has an auto-braking system.


Alumni Profile

Nate looks up at a white board covered in writing

Reaching higher

Nate Noncent '17 presents to a panel of judges including entrepreneurs Mary Howard and Carlton Highsmith during the Quinnipiac University Summer Entrepreneur Leadership Academy .

Nate Noncent ’17 feared his mother would become injured as a result of wobbly walkers following several surgeries last year.

“My mom was in and out of surgery for my entire junior year of high school,” he recalled. “During that time, I would see how she was using that walker and how unstable it was and how unsafe it is.”

Fearful his mom would get injured, he worked with engineering and entrepreneurship students in our entrepreneurship lab to develop a better walker — complete with obstacle detection and automatic breaking.

Noncent hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy as he begins his next chapter.

“Having people from different majors, we’re all pieces to one big puzzle,”
Nate Noncent ’17 Health Science Studies

Our Faculty

Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s School of Health Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is the number one priority. Accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Health Science Studies Curriculum

A total of 120 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HSC 221 Introduction to Health Care 2
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 101
& 101L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 102
& 102L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Total Credits32

Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.

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 minimum overall science GPA of 2.25 and earn 120 credits for degree completion. Course selections must fulfill the following:

University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Core Courses12
Science Electives18
Open Electives31
Total Credits120
HSC 202Medical Terminology *2
HSC 205Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)1
HSC 206Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)1
HSC 207Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)1
HSC 210Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care3
HSC 214Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HSC 215Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective3
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care *2
HSC 225Writing in the Health Professions3
HSC 230Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals *3
HSC 250Communication Disorders3
HSC 261Scientific Study of Mummies3
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness *3
HSC 270Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level3
HSC 301Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions1
HSC 305Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences2
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century *3
HSC 320The Environment and Human Health3
HSC 322Health Care Law (LE 322) *3
HSC 330Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures *3
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
HSC 350Language Development3
HSC 351Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions *3
HSC 375Immunology3
HSC 378Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases3
HSC 380International Health Care - Field Research3
HSC 388
& 388L
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab *
HSC 389
& 389L
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab *
HSC 397Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation *3
HSC 460Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)3
HSC 498Independent Study in Health Sciences1-4
HSC 499Independent Study in Health Sciences II1-4
HSC 505Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)1
HSC 506Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)1
HSC 507Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)1-2

Health Science Studies Core Course

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