Providing adequate healthcare to the growing and aging population—one of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century—is addressed by the B.S. in Health Sciences program.
The degree program builds upon a common foundation, consisting of courses in general education, biology, chemistry, and health sciences such as medical terminology, biostatistics, research, and epidemiology. Students select from one of four areas of concentrations: community health education, exercise and fitness, nutrition, or pre-professional.
Program graduates will work in healthcare settings at the entry level or seek additional education in a healthcare or related profession.
As a result of completing the B.S. in Health Sciences, graduates will be able to apply principles of health and wellness as a lifelong process of learning grounded in the study of basic sciences and the behavioral arts. The students will:
- Understand fundamental biological, chemical, and physical properties underlying life systems
- Be able to gather and analyze research data and make inferences based on the datav
- Be aware of professional, ethical, and privacy issues that are pertinent to careers in the health sciences
- Exercise and Fitness students will understand the relationship between exercise and wellness maintenance and be skilled at developing appropriate fitness programs for diverse populations.
- Nutrition students will understand principles of human nutrition and the relationship to health and wellness using evidence based strategies.
- Community health education students will understand principles to help people assume more responsibility for their health and well being through educational development, implementation and evaluation of community health programs.
- Pre-professional students will be broadly prepared to enter professional schools and to successfully meet school admissions criteria.