Health Sciences Major — B.S.
The health sciences degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate study in a variety of health professions. The major combines knowledge from several disciplines related to health and disease. The health core focuses on scientific facts and principles pertinent to personal and community health. The integration of courses from the behavioral sciences helps students understand the psychological and sociological determinants of health. Courses in the natural sciences provide a strong foundation for future health professionals. A practicum provides real-world experiences linking education to service.
Health professionals must respect individual differences, communicate effectively, use analytic and computer skills, work collaboratively, and be sensitive to ethical issues. Coursework in this major provides students with these skills, and electives afford students the opportunity to direct their studies toward specific careers. Thus, this program provides excellent preprofessional preparation for students planning graduate study to become public health specialists, administrators, researchers, policy analysts, dietitians, nurses, chiropractors, occupational or physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, or health care practitioners in related fields.
Special Academic Status Policy for Health Sciences Majors
Students will not be allowed to enroll in the professional practicum (HLTH 34900, HLTH 44900, or HLTH 45300) until they have presented a current American Red Cross CPR and first aid card to the internship coordinator.
Health Sciences Emphasis Programs
Students in health sciences are required to declare one of the following three emphasis programs.
- The premedical emphasis is driven by the curricular needs of students pursuing premedical graduate education and future clinical health preparation.
- The food and nutrition emphasis is suited to students pursuing graduate education in dietetics or other nutrition-related professions.
- The planned clinical emphasis is for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate education in fields such as nursing, chiropractic, physician assistant, veterinary, dentistry, and other careers.
|Health sciences core||44|
|Emphasis (premed or food and nutrition)||15|
|Integrative Core Curriculum 1||19-20|
|Complementary Liberal Arts (Health promotion core)||12|
Please refer to "ICC" tab on our school's main page to see requirements.
Note that Chemistry requires a level 3 placement score and Physics require a level 1 or 2 math placement score.
|PHIL 21200||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|or PHIL 23000||Bioethics|
|PSYC 10300||General Psychology||3|
|or PSYC 10400||Introduction to Developmental Psychology|
|MATH 10700||Fundamentals of Applied Calculus||4|
|or MATH 10800||Calculus for Decision Making|
|or MATH 11100||Calculus I|
|MATH 14400||Statistics for Business, Economics and Management||3-4|
|or MATH 14500||Statistics for the Health, Life, and Social Sciences|
|or MATH 15500||Basic Statistical Reasoning|
|or MATH 21600||Statistical Analysis|
|HEALTH SCIENCES CORE|
|BIOL 11900||Fundamentals of Biology I: Cells and Bodies||4|
|BIOL 12000||Fundamentals of Biology II: Ecology and Evolution||4|
|EXSS 12000||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|EXSS 12100||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|HLTH 11700||Foundations of Public Health||3|
|HLTH 20200||Human Nutrition||3|
|HLTH 21700||Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Prevention and Control||3|
|HLTH 22900||Disease and Lifestyle||3|
|CHEM 12100||Principles of Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 12200||Principles of Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 22100||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 22200||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|Select 6 credits of the following:||6|
Fieldwork in Health
Internship in Health
Supervised Research (limit 3 credits)
|COMPLEMENTARY LIBERAL ARTS (HEALTH PROMOTION CORE)|
|HLTH 20500||Critical Health Issues 1||3|
|HLTH 31600||Health Research and Analysis 2||3|
|HLTH 33510||Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Policy 3||3|
|HLTH 44400||Leadership and Health Promotion 4||3|
Counts as ICC Diversity.
Counts as ICC Quantitative Literacy.
Counts as ICC Writing Intensive.
Counts as ICC Capstone.
Additional Requirements for Emphases
Select one emphasis from the three options below.
|CHEM 12400||Experimental Chemistry I||2|
|CHEM 22500||Experimental Chemistry II||2|
|CHEM 23200||Quantitative Chemistry||3|
|Select one of the following:||8|
|Introduction to Physics I|
and Introduction to Physics II
|Principles of Physics I: Mechanics|
and Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 1
Food and Nutrition Emphasis
|HLTH 20100||Food and Society||3|
|HLTH 30100||Lifecycle Nutrition||3|
|HLTH 30500||Community Nutrition: Global Perspectives||3|
|HLTH 30600||Counseling for the Health Professions||3|
|HLTH 40300||Nutritional Care and Therapeutics||3|
Planned Clinical Emphasis
For students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate education in fields other than medical school or food and nutrition, such as nursing, chiropractic, physician assistant, veterinary, dentistry, optometry, and other careers. Planned course of study with stated goal; approved by advisor and chair. Total Credits 15