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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 move directly into graduate programs in cardiovascular perfusion (total of six years), medical laboratory sciences (total of five years), or radiologist assistant (total of six years); move into the MBA/health care management track in the School of Business (total of five years); or even start classes in their junior year in the master of arts in teaching program (total of five years). 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 can use the health science studies major as preparation for graduate study in a field such as nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, chiropractic medicine or dentistry. Students will have careful advisement with considerations about personal interests, capabilities and available career opportunities.

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 often quite possible for a student to meet specific program requirements that will enable them to matriculate into a different major in the School of Health Sciences before the end of their sophomore year.

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




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
MA 275** Quantitative Literacy (UC)
or alternate UC requirement (social sciences, fine arts, humanities course)
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total 17

Spring Semester, First Year




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
UC Social Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities 3
MA 275** Quantitative Literacy (UC)
Total 17

*Chemistry courses depend in individual major and/or career plan
**Quantitative literacy (math) depends on intended major, career plan and placement

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) (20 credits)
Health/science electives (30 credits)
Open electives (33 credits)
University curriculum requirements (39 credits)
Total 122