Healthcare Studies, B.S. - Health Science Foundations

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

HLS 210 – Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare
HLS 310 – Electronic Health Information
HLS 315 – Healthcare Systems & Policy
HLS 330 – Case Studies in Healthcare Ethics or PHI 325 Bio-Ethics of the Life Sciences
HLS 440 – Research Methods for Evidence-Based Healthcare
HLS 490 – Career Skills for the Healthcare Professional
MGT 300 – Management and Organization or PCH 362 – Public Health Management
PCH 265 – Illness and Disease
PSY 219 – Lifespan Development
PSY 366 – Health Psychology
REC 307 – Disabilities in Society

Healthcare electives: select one of the following:
Any HLS course at the 200, 300 or 400 level
ECO 320 Health Economics
HSC 450 – Medical Documentation
JRN 331 – Public Relations Techniques for Health & Medicine
MGT 385 – Human Resources Management
PCH 202 – Introduction to Public Health
REC 231 – Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
SPA 201 Medical Spanish
SWK 200 – Social Welfare and Social Services in America
Other courses may be substituted with approval of program director

COGNATES (29 credits)

Health Science Prerequisites
BIO 200 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (T2LE)
CHE 120 – General Chemistry (T2PR)
HSC 200 – Healthcare Professions and Medical Terminology ('C' or better)
MAT 107 – Elementary Statistics (T1QR)
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)

BIO 102 – Biology I
BIO 201 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.