Health Science Curriculum

Health Science Curriculum

The information found below is based on the most current Catalog Term. If you declared the Health Science major prior to Fall 2020 or have a catalog term prior to Fall 2020, please run your degree evaluation to see your degree requirements for graduation. For directions on running a degree evaluation, please visit

The BHSc program is divided into four types of courses:






None Required





Liberal Education Program (LEP)

The Liberal Education Program (LEP) is designed to help each student become an educated person in the contemporary world. It focuses on competencies and discussions of values. The LEP is a 45-credit sequence of courses in three tiers.

  • Tier 1 (18 credits) emphasizes college-level competencies that form the foundation of a liberal education.
  • Tier 2 (26 credits) explores nine Areas of Knowledge needed by educated people in the 21st century.
  • Tier 3 (3 credits) Capstone Seminar emphasizes discussions of values in the context of LEP Areas of Knowledge and some related real-world issue.
  • Three “W” Courses are writing intensive courses that can be taken after students pass ENG 112. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W.”

See the current SCSU catalog for more details about these University requirements:

Note: While the choice of courses that fulfill the LEP requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. The BHSc major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier Course

TIER 1 – Quantitative Reasoning

MAT 107 – Elementary Statistics

TIER 2 – Mind and Body

PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology

TIER 2 – Natural World I Physical Realm

CHE 120 – General Chemistry I

TIER 2 – Natural World II Life and Environment

BIO 200 – Human Biology I

Health Science Curriculum

For a current list of course descriptions for courses in the HSc major, please view the most current course catalog.

Targeted Elective Courses

 In addition to the above major requirements, students are required to take elective credits to personalize the degree program to future educational or career pursuits, such as a graduate degree in a specific discipline (i.e. OT, PT, PA, DC, etc.). BHSc students work closely with their Health Science advisor to identify which electives are most beneficial for students to achieve their goals. Such electives, for example, may be predetermined by pre-requisite courses required to apply to specific graduate degree programs. Note: Students must take a minimum of 37 elective credits in order to meet the University’s 120 credit requirement to graduate.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a strong foundation in natural sciences appropriate for admission to graduate degree programs and careers in health related professions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of behavioral sciences appropriate for admission to graduate degree programs and careers in health related professions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically examine and produce sound written analyses of health science related literature.
  4. Demonstrate the practical application of health and fitness assessment techniques.
  5. Demonstrate general knowledge of medical perspectives, health professions, interprofessional practice, and health care systems.