Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

Health Sciences

The Health Science major consists of 13 courses distributed between nine core classes and four elective classes chosen from a list, two of which must be 300 level or above.  The major is particularly designed to support students who are interested in attending physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, or physicians’ assistant programs after graduation. Students preparing for these programs should consult the admission requirements for individual programs to which they are interested in applying because specific course requirements vary from school to school.

Core classes:

Biol 150 Cell Biology
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I*
CHEM 120 General Chemistry II*
BIOL 205 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 215 Anatomy & Physiology II
Psyc 240 Childhood & Adolescence     OR    PSYC 245 Adult Development & Aging
PSYC 290 Statistics     OR       MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
HESC 497 Senior Seminar
HESC 495 Internship  or  HESC 496 Internship for credit or  HESC 499 Independent Research

*CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 may be replaced with CHEM 150 Accelerated General chemistry

Choose 4 with at least two at 300 level or above:

BIOL 250 Genetics
BIOL 310 Developmental Biology
BIOL 325 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
BIOL 340 Microbiology
BIOL 362 Physiology of Exercise
BIOL 425 Systems Neuroscience
BIOL 430 Immunology
BIOL 440 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
HESC 200 Introduction to Athletic Injuries
HESC 265 Nutrition
PSYC 240 Childhood & Adolescence
PSYC 245 Adult Development & Aging
PSYC 351 Health Psychology
PSYC 360 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 385 Abnormal Psychology

Students majoring in Health Science cannot double major or minor in Biology.

Senior Capstone Experience

Health Science majors will be required to complete an official Internship (HESC 495 or HESC 496) through Career Services and participate in a weekly seminar (HESC 497) during one semester of the senior year. The internship must be approved in advance by the Health Science program chair and completed prior to taking senior seminar.  When appropriate, and upon approval by the Health Science program chair, a year of research during the academic year or at least 8 weeks of summer research may substitute for the internship portion of the senior capstone experience.  Students wishing to pursue a research capstone will take HESC 499 Independent Research instead of HESC 495 or HESC 496.

Course Planning for new students:

First Year: 
CHEM 110  General Chemistry I                                                                 CHEM 120  General Chemistry I
TEC & Explorations
                                                                 BIOL 150  Cell Biology
2 electives                                                                             2 electives

Second Year:
BIOL 205 A&P I                                                                      BIOL 215  A&P II
PSYC 240  C&A or PSYC 245 AD&A                                         PSYC 290 Statistics or MATH  215
2 electives                                                                             2 electives

Third Year:
Two classes from major list^                                                 1 class from major list
2 electives                                                                             3 electives

Fourth Year:
1 class from major list                                                           HESC 497 Senior Seminar
3 electives                                                                             4 electives

^If student is planning to take BIOL 250 Genetics, it should be taken by the fall of the junior year as it is a prerequisite for some of the upper level biology classes on the list.

The internship may be completed during the summer or during the academic year.  It may be taken for course credit (HESC 496) and will count in the course load or without course credit (HESC 495).  It should be completed before the student begins HESC 497 Senior Seminar.

Course Planning for returning student:

Second Year: 
BIOL 150 Cell Biology                                                              CHEM 120 Gen Chem II
CHEM  110  General Chemistry I                                                PSYC 240  C&A or PSYC 245 AD&A
2 electives                                                                             2 electives

Third Year:
BIOL 205 A&P I                                                                       BIOL 215  A&P II
1 class from major list^                                                          PSYC 290 Statistics or Math  215
2 electives                                                                              1 class from major list    

Fourth Year:
Two classes from major list                                                     HESC 497 Senior Seminar
3 electives                                                                               4 electives

^If student is planning to take BIOL 250 Genetics, it should be taken by the fall of the junior year because it is a common prerequisite for some of the upper level biology classes on the list.

The internship may be completed during the summer or during the academic year.  It may be taken as a class with course credit (HESC 496) and will count in the course load or without course credit (HESC 495).  The internship should be completed before the student begins HESC 497 Senior Seminar.