Health Science, BS

The health science major offers students a solid academic and experiential foundation that positions them well to pursue graduate and professional school training in the following programs:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Public health
  • Physician assistant studies
  • Social work

The health science major is also designed for students who are seeking a strong foundation for a career in health administration and in community-based health promotion and public health.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Public Health Core 

YEAR 1
PHTH 1260The American Healthcare System4
YEARS 2 and 3
PHTH 2210
and PHTH 2211
Foundations of Biostatistics
and Recitation for PHTH 2210
4
PHTH 2300Communication Skills for the Health Professions4
PHTH 2350Community and Public Health4
PHTH 2515Healthcare Policy and Administration4
HLTH 5450Healthcare Research4
FINAL YEAR
PHTH 4120Global Perspectives on Discrimination and Health4
PHTH 4540Health Education and Program Planning4

Health Science Courses

YEAR 1
HSCI 1000College: An Introduction1
YEAR 2 OR 3
HSCI 2000Professional Development for Bouvé Co-op1
FINAL YEAR
HSCI 4700Health Science Capstone Introduction0
HSCI 4720Health Science Capstone—Service4
or HSCI 4730 Health Science Capstone—Research

Selectives

Complete at least three courses from the groups listed below. At least two must be in one category and at least 2000 level or higher.12
Society and Health
Society and Health
and Society and Health Recitation
Society and Health
Introduction to Global Health
Sociology of Health and Illness
The (in)Visibility of (dis)Ability in Society
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Advances in Measuring Behavior
Scientific Controversies: Culture, Science, and Public Debate
Sport, Culture, and Society
Special Topics in Anthropology
Environment and Society
Drugs and Society
Gender and Reproductive Justice
Environment, Technology, and Society
Sexualities
Policy and Administration
Healthcare Management
Critical Issues in Health and Public-Health Policy
Global Social Enterprise
Organizational Behavior
Managing Healthcare Organizations: Critical Challenges and New Approaches
Environmental Health
Evaluating Healthcare Quality
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Psychology of Crime
Sociology of Violence
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Nutrition
Contemporary Issues in Nutrition
Nutrition Service Learning
Introduction to Exercise, Fitness, and Health
Exercise Physiology 1
and Lab for EXSC 4500
Cardiopulmonary Physiology
Advanced Exercise Physiology
Health Communication
Digital Health
Principles of Information Science
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
Theoretical Foundations in Personal Health Informatics
Personal Health Interface Design and Development
Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Systems
HINF 4992
Research
Introduction to Epidemiology
Social Epidemiology
Environmental Health

Supporting Courses

YEAR 1
BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
5
BIOL 1113
and BIOL 1114
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
5
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
5
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
5
MATH 1241Calculus 14
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
YEAR 2 OR 3
PHIL 1165Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare4

Writing Requirements

YEAR 1
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
YEAR 2 OR 3
ENGW 3306Advanced Writing in the Health Professions4

Electives

Complete 10 general electives40

Health Science Major GPA Requirement

A minimum 2.000 GPA is required 

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

This is a sample plan of study.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSCI 10001PHTH 12604Vacation0Vacation0
PSYC 11014BIOL 11134  
BIOL 11114BIOL 11141  
BIOL 11121CHEM 12144  
MATH 12414CHEM 12151  
CHEM 12114CHEM 12160  
CHEM 12121ENGW 11114  
CHEM 12130   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHTH 23504PHTH 23004Vacation0Co-op0
PHTH 22104HSCI 20001  
PHTH 22110HLTH 1200 (or elective)2  
Elective4HLTH 12011  
Selective4Elective4  
 Selective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
 PHTHXxxx4  
 Elective4  
 Selective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHIL 11654Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
HLTH 54504   
Elective4   
ENGW 33064   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
HSCI 47000PHTH 41204  
PHTH 45404HSCI 4720 or 47304  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133