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Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Health Professions and Education


Health Studies Major

Program Details

The major in health studies is designed for students who plan to enter the health or health-related professions. Majors include students planning graduate work in a health or health-related field, students who plan to seek employment in the health care field upon graduation, and students interested in exploring health issues in the context of a liberal arts background. This degree does not lead to a professional credential or prepare for licensure.

Students interested in applying to the physical therapy program would need to complete the following: Anthropology 415; Biology 101; Biology 102; Gerontology 214; Chemistry 211; Chemistry 263; Health Studies 101; Health Studies 245; Health Studies 401; Health Studies 445; Philosophy 107 or 108; Physics 151; Physics 152; Psychology 101; Psychology 211; Psychology 237; Psychology 372 or 374; and Sociology 207. Please see Graduate Degree Programs in this section of the catalog for additional information. Students are encouraged to meet with a physical therapy faculty member for specific advising as early in their academic career as possible.

Students interested in applying to the occupational therapy program would need to complete the following: Anthropology 415; Biology 101; Biology 102; Biology 201; Biology 202; Gerontology 101 or 214; Health Studies 101; Health Studies 245; Health Studies 401; Health Studies 445; Philosophy 107 or 108; Physics 151; Psychology 101; Psychology 211; Health Studies 309; Psychology 361; Health Studies 335; and Health Studies 381. Please see Graduate Degree Programs in this section of the catalog for additional information. Students are encouraged to meet with an occupational therapy faculty member for specific advising as early in their academic career as possible.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS


(See also General Education Core)

Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55  
Major Course Requirements
**Anthropology 415* Cultures, Health, and Healing 3 2,3,4
**Biology 101* Anatomy and Physiology, I 4 1,2,3
**Biology 102* Anatomy and Physiology, II 4 1,2,3
Gerontology 101* Introduction to Aging  
or
Gerontology 214* Biology of Aging 3 1,2,3
Health Sciences 245* Human Development Across the Lifespan  
or
Psychology 223* Life Span Developmental Psychology 3 1,2,3
Health Sciences 101* Introduction to Health Professions 1 1
Health Sciences 401* Senior Seminar 3 3,4
**Philosophy 107* Ethics  
or
**Philosophy 108* Professional Ethics 3 1,2,3
**Psychology 101* Introduction to Psychology 3 1,2,3
 
Major Electives
Two from the following: 6 1,2,3
Psychology 237* Group Dynamics (3)  
Psychology 256* Principles of Behavior Change (3)  
Psychology 361* Abnormal Psychology (3)  
Psychology 366* Individuals with Disabilities (3)  
Psychology 372* The Counseling and Interviewing Process (3)  
or
Psychology 374* The Helping Relationship (3)  
Health Sciences 309* Medical Conditions and Implications (3)  
Social Studies 207* Social Organization of the U.S. Health Care System (3)  
  6

 
 
One from the following: 3 2,3
**Economics 241* Statistics (3)  
**Math 112* Basic Statistics (3)  
**Psychology/Sociology 211* Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (3)  
  3

 
 
One from the following: 3-4 3,4
Health Sciences 445* Clinical Research (3-4)  
Psychology 312* Introduction to Experimental Methods in Psychology (3 – 4)  
Sociology 312* Social Science Research Methods (3 – 4)  
  3-4

 
 
Five from the following: 15-20 2,3,4
Therapeutic Recreation 301 Outdoor Recreation Pursuits (3)  
or
Therapeutic Recreation 302 Leisure Counseling: Theory and Practice (3)  
Biology 112 Human Sexuality (3)  
or
Biology 113 Human Genetics (3)  
Biology 201/L Gross Anatomy (4)  
Biology 202/L Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology (4)  
Gerontology 300 Special Topics in Gerontology  
or
Gerontology 411 Aging and Mental Health  
Biology 205 Human Nutrition (3)  
or
Biology 208 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology (3)  
Chemistry 211 General Chemistry (4)  
Chemistry 263 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (4)  
Health Sciences 381 Kinesiology (3)  
Education 314 Children's Literature (3)  
or
Education 301 Foundations of Literacy (3)  
Physics 151 General Physics I (4)  
Physics 152 General Physics II (3)  
Health 400
Studies
Advanced Topics in Health Science (3)  
Health Studies 384 Pathokinesiology (3)  
Health Studies 345 Clinical Pharmacology: Application to Practice (3)  
Health Studies 331 Adapted Sports (3)  
Psych Child Life 323 Early Intervention (3)  
  15-20  


* Liberal Arts

** Course also included in core

The student must complete at least 18 credits at the 300-level or above within the major.