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Health Sciences Major Degree Requirement

The Health Sciences Major (HSC) consists of three main concentrations: Public Health, Allied Health, and Exercise and Sports Science. It is designed to build upon supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, kinesiology and physical education, biology, sociology, health informatics, healthcare management and psychology to prepare students for careers in the healthcare field. Much of the coursework utilizes the scientific method and emphasizes skills in analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking. Students are prepared to demonstrate their ability to use appropriate scientific equipment and familiarity with the standard array of lab techniques. This is accomplished by offering upper level courses that are more focused, with emphasis on health-related and physiologically based topics.

Program Core Courses

Required for all concentrations
  • HSC 215* Biology for the Health Sciences w/Lab - 4 credits
  • HSC 225 Medical Terminology - 4 credits
  • PSY 212 Lifespan Development - 3 credits
  • Choose one course:
    • HPE 430/HSC 430 Statistics in Health and Exercise Science - 3 credits
    • MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 credits
  • BIO 304/314*** Genetics and Society w/Lab - 4 credits
  • BIS 362 Healthcare Informatics - 3 credits
  • Choose one course:
    • ANT 302/HSC 302 Research Methods for Health Sciences - 3 credits
    • HSC 400 Quantitative Research Methods - 4 credits
  • HSC 438^^ Current Topics in Health Sciences Seminar - 3 credits

Subtotal: 27-28 credits

*approved substitution to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier I Natural Science

**approved reuse to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier II Applied Information Technology

***approved reuse to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier II Natural Science

^meets Stage 2 University Writing Requirement

^^meets Stage 3 University Writing Requirement