Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Health Sciences Major

General Information

The goal of the Health Sciences major is to provide students with the undergraduate background necessary to function in jobs, or to obtain more advanced training and education at the graduate level.

Career Opportunities

Biomedical research or professional programs in various health related fields.

Physical and Biological Faculty


Program Objectives:

  1. To understand human biology at the cell, tissue and organ system levels of organization.
  2. To understand the homeostatic processes that underlie physiological mechanisms of humans.
  3. To understand the application of scientific principles to the methods that lead to the improvement of health and the prevention of disease and disability.
  4. To understand the principles and mathematical analysis of genetics.
  5. To communicate effectively through oral and written reports.
  6. To develop quantitative problem solving skills and data analysis.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required biology courses (20 credit hours)

BIO 107General Biology I

3 cr.

BIO 108General Biology II

3 cr.

BIO 117General Biology Laboratory I

1 cr.

BIO 118General Biology Laboratory II

1 cr.

BIO 215Anatomy and Physiology I

4 cr.

BIO 216Anatomy and Physiology II

4 cr.

BIO 306Genetics

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:20

Required health sciences courses (13 credit hours)

HS 2xx-4xxThirteen additional semester hours of HS 2xx-4xx courses

13 cr.

Total Credit Hours:13

Required chemistry courses (20 credit hours)

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

CHEM 209Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 219Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 220Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

CHEM 314Biochemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 324Biochemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:20

Required courses in math, physics and statistics courses (17 credit hours)

MATH 123Calculus I for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

MATH 124Calculus II For Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

PHYS 123Physics of the Life Sciences 1

4 cr.

PHYS 124Physics of the Life Sciences 2

4 cr.

MATH 121Introductory Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17
The 2.0 required grade-point average in the major would be based upon all HS, BIO and CHEM courses pursued as a part of the student's degree program.

Total Credit Hours: 70