The Health Sciences major offers an interdisciplinary approach designed to develop a strong foundation of core skills in preparation for advanced education in a variety of health careers. All students gain knowledge about critical aspects of health: physical and cognitive function, disease and disability, contemporary public health challenges and opportunities, professional communication, the scientific bases of health care knowledge, and ethical and professional issues associated with our complex health care system. Students learn from accomplished faculty across the disciplines in the College of Health Professions and study side by side with other students who aspire to make a difference in people’s lives.
Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. Graduates from this program may pursue employment in the health care field (public health, governmental and community agencies, insurance industry, hospitals, or the pharmaceutical industry) or may pursue graduate programs in health informatics, public health, a clinical profession (medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, or physical therapy), health administration, business, or law. Careful selection of available courses will optimize admission to desired graduate degree programs. A required internship (capstone) will allow students to synthesize what they have learned in their coursework to provide hands-on experience in a health-related environment such as a clinic or agency.
The Health Sciences degree consists of 120 college credit hours. Students may declare the BHS major on admission to the university. Students in the program must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. All required courses must be completed with at least a C. A maximum of three D’s may be earned in the electives.
A list of approved restricted electives is available in the COHP Student Services Offices and from the academic advisors. Any courses not listed that students wish to take as electives must be approved in advance by the academic advisor.