Course Planning

Health Sciences Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. This is a 13 course major.  The following is a typical major plan.  This is not the only way forward.  Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path. 

First Year
  • Gen Chem I (CHEM 110)
  • Gen CHEM II (CHEM 120)
  • Cell Bio (BIOL 150, either semester)
Sophomore
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 205)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 215)
  • Any 200-level statistics course 

Possibly:

  • A psychology elective (PSYC 240 or PSYC 245)
Summer If ready: Internship (HESC 495) or (HESC 496) or Independent Research (HESC 499)
Junior
  • 2-4 Health Science Major courses

If not previously completed:

  • A psychology elective (PSYC 240 or PSYC 245)
Summer If not already completed: Internship (HESC 495) or (HESC 496) or Independent Research (HESC 499)
Senior

Senior Seminar (HESC 497, spring)

2-4 courses necessary to complete the Health Science Major

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year.  The following is a typical plan to complete this 13 course major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department to create your unique path.

First Year -
Sophomore
  • Gen Chem I (CHEM 110)
  • Gen CHEM II (CHEM 120)
  • Cell Bio (BIOL 150, either semester)

At least one of the following:

  • Any 200-level statistics course
  • A psychology elective (PSYC 240 or PSYC 245)
Summer If ready: Internship (HESC 495) or (HESC 496) or Independent Research (HESC 499)
Junior
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 205)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 215)
  • 1-3 courses in the Health Science Major

If not previously completed:

  • Any 200-level statistics course
  • A psychology elective (PSYC 240 or PSYC 245)
Summer If not already completed: Internship (HESC 495) or (HESC 496) or Independent Research (HESC 499)
Senior

Senior Seminar (HESC 497, spring)

2-4 courses necessary to complete the Health Science Major

Planning Recommendations:

  • Please select your electives carefully and in consultation with your major advisor. The upper-level major electives require a variety of lower level pre-requisites that may or may not be among the core major courses, for example Genetics (BIOL 250) is required for many upper Biology courses. 
  • The Internship must be completed prior to the start of the senior year. Ideally, the internship should be completed during the summer between your sophomore and junior year so that you have time for additional experiences. Many pre-professional programs require more than one internship.
  • Students interested in any health-related field should also refer to the Health-Related Fields guidelines at [https://www.hendrix.edu/preprofessional/default.aspx?id=40707].