2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Health Science, B.S.

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  • Brett Aiello, Ph.D.
  • Ashley Bartelson, Ph.D.
  • Abigail Bogdan, Ph.D.
  • Jessica Brzyski, Ph.D.
  • Amalene Cooper-Morgan, Ph.D.
  • Demetra Czegan, Ph.D.
  • Jamie Fornsaglio, Ph.D.
  • Kimberly Graziano, MS
  • Donna Haworth-Ward, Ph.D.
  • Diana Hoover, Ph.D.
  • Bobbie Leeper, Ph.D.
  • Nicole McAllister, Ph.D.
  • Diane Miller, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Moerdyk, Ph.D.
  • Renee Rosier, Ph.D.


The Health Science curriculum is designed to provide students a foundational bachelors of science degree that closely matches a majority of the prerequisites for postgraduate study in healthcare fields such as physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, anesthesiologist assistant, speech pathologist, holistic medicine, etc.  It provides students opportunities to gain psychological and sociological insights into healthcare, and guides them to reflect on their suitability for a healthcare career. 

During SHL 400  Health Science Capstone Seminar students plan for an experiential learning opportunity (on-campus or off-campus) that matches their career goals.  They then participate in this experiential learning while earning credit for an internship, field work or research.  For example, students may gain hands-on experience in a  healthcare setting; participate in scientific research on campus or clinical research at a medical facility; complete an internship; or volunteer for medical trips abroad. 


Learning Objectives: Health Science

  1. Apply a working knowledge of the basic sciences including biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology. 
  2. Describe career paths in health care and develop personal career goals. 
  3. Explain the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact the human condition.
  4. Use appropriate medical terminology in professional written and oral communication. 
  5. Demonstrate consistent professional, safe, and ethical practices in healthcare-related and laboratory settings. 
  6. Reflect on how knowledge from coursework is applied during an experiential learning internship, fieldwork or research. 

All candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in health science must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major. The health science program employs a series of assignments in SHL 400  to assess the extent to which students have mastered the learning objectives of the major and integrated them with the University learning objectives.


Maintenance GPA: 

Since the Health Science degree is designed to prepare students for postgraduate programs in the health science field, a maintenance GPA of 3.0 [in the major] is in place to help students meet the minimum entrance requirements. The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into postgraduate programs varies by program and ranges from 3.0 - 3.2 (or higher). Admission into any postgraduate program is based on numerous factors, thus while meeting this GPA requirement will increase the likelihood of acceptance, it cannot guarantee it. 

Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA in coursework for the major will be issued a GPA warning. Students who receive a GPA warning will meet with their academic advisor to develop an academic improvement plan and be directed to academic support services on campus. Students who continue to remain below the 3.0 GPA after these interventions will be advised to change their major. 

A minimum of 120 credits is required.


Health Science Curriculum

Bachelor of Science

Total credits: 66

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