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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 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.

Degree Requirements

Institutional Degree Requirements  

Program-Specific Degree Requirements: To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Health Sciences 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. Students who transfer in 60 credits or more at the time of admission to the college will be waived from the Constellation requirement, except for Education majors. The waiver applies to the requirement for graduation but does not waive the credits to graduate; students need to meet the overall bachelor’s degree credit requirement.

Required Courses


Statistics Elective


Students must complete 3 credits of the following:

Ethics Elective


Students must complete 3 credits of the following:

Chemistry Elective


Students must complete 4 credits of the following. CHM 134  and CHM 135  are required only for selected professional track concentration.

Math Elective


Students must complete 3-4 credits of the following:

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:

Professional:


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):

Business:


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):

Social/Behavioral:


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

Elective Courses


Students must complete 16 credits of free elective courses. 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


Spring semester


Sophomore Year (33-34 credits)


Fall semester


Spring semester


Junior Year (30-32 credits)


Fall semester


Spring semester


Senior Year (27-28 credits)


Fall semester


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

Spring semester


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