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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences, B.S.

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The Health Sciences major provides students with a broad educational background for either continued graduate education or entrance directly into the workforce in healthcare.  The major is well suited to meet the needs of students’ choice in education by offering three different concentrations.  The Professional Concentration provides most of the admission re-requisites for a wide array of graduate programs including but not limited to: dentistry, medicine, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, chiropractic, and optometry.  The Business Concentration provides students with a background for graduate school admission as well as providing a background for direct entry into the workforce on the business side of health care such as health care marketing or medical sales.  The third Social and Behavioral Concentration prepares students for a variety of health related professions with a basis in behavior (Behavioral Health Manager, Director of Social Services, Behavioral Specialist) or to further their education in Nursing.

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Health Sciences must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation. Health Sciences majors must achieve a grade of 2.0 or higher in all required courses in the major. While a 2.0 GPA satisfies the program graduation requirements, many health profession programs are competitive and may require a higher cumulative and science GPA. Students pursuing the Health Sciences degree should work diligently with their academic advisor to understand the overall cumulative and science GPA requirements for their intended health professions program of study.

General Education Requirement

First Year Seminar

Foundations Requirements

Communication course:

Advanced Communication course:

Quantitative Fluency course:

Satisfied by major (MAT 111  or MAT 120  or MAT 171 )

Choose 3 credits of the following Global Citizenship courses or students have the option to complete this requirement by successfully completing 6 credits of the same foreign language:

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements

Choose 3 credits of the following Arts courses:

Social and Behavioral Sciences course:

Natural and Physical Sciences course:

Satisfied by major (BIO 230 )

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses (66-67 credits)

Required Concentration Courses

Students must complete an additional 12 – 16 credits of required concentration courses. These are determined based on educational path and in consultation with their academic advisor. Students should choose one of the following concentrations:


Pursuing this concentration will provide a gateway for students to a multitude of opportunities in graduate healthcare careers such as medical school, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, etc.

Required Courses (16 credits):


Pursuing this concentration provides students with administrative, management, or marketing skills that are essential to career opportunities in healthcare such as medical sales, marketing, management, etc.

Required Courses (12 credits):


This concentration provides social behavioral skills to support career opportunities in healthcare in the community settings.

Elective Courses (19 credits)

The remaining courses to complete the degree may be chosen based on student interests. Students are encouraged either to elect a second minor or target a substantial portion of their free electives to an area of personal or professional interest.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year (28-30 credits)

Fall semester (13-14 credits)

Spring semester (15-16 credits)

Sophomore Year (33-34 credits)

Fall semester (16 credits)

Spring semester (17-18 credits)

Junior Year (30-32 credits)

Fall semester (15-16 credits)

Spring semester (15-16 credits)

Senior Year (27-28 credits)

Fall semester (15-16 credits)

  • 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Concentration course 3 credit hours
  • Elective courses 6 credit hours

Spring semester (15 credits)

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