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BS-HEALTH - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Health Sciences

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The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary program for new students and current healthcare professionals. The program emphasizes the differences between health and illness and addresses healthcare needs across the lifespan. Coursework focuses on both the basic sciences and health sciences. Students also engage in real-world field experiences to prepare them to excel in a variety of professional healthcare settings. Students in the Health Sciences program have the option of pursuing concentrations in Health Promotion or Exercise Science.

Exercise Science Concentration
Students will gain a broad understanding of human performance as it relates to physical activity, exercise, and sport performance. This concentration offers extensive hands-on training in anatomy and physiology; biomechanics of movement; strength and conditioning; and clinical exercise testing and prescription in a laboratory setting. The knowledge base will integrate biomechanical, physiological, and psychological principles for the purposes of enhancing human performance, preventing disease, and improving the process of recovery and rehabilitation following illness or injury. Students will develop and understanding of the ways in which exercise is linked to the dimensions of health, as well as athletic performance. Program graduates will be prepared and qualified to sit for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and the Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CCEP) certifications. Upon graduation from the Exercise Science program, students will be prepared for careers or graduate work in:

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Personal Trainer

  • Health Fitness Instructor

  • Health and Wellness Coordinator

  • Group Fitness Instructor

  • Recreation Therapist

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist

  • Pediatric Exercise Physiologist

  • Geriatric Exercise Physiologist

  • Sport Physiologist

  • Human Performance Specialist

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • Biomechanist

  • Child Development Specialist

  • Therapeutic Exercise Specialist

  • Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Club Fitness Program Director

  • Corporate Wellness Program Director

Health Promotion Concentration
Students will gain a broad understanding of the means to help improve the health of individuals and communities through teaching behavior change and promoting healthy behaviors. This concentration is designed to provide students with academic and practical training in planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs; educating target populations; applying environmental strategies; developing strategic partnerships; and assessing health outcomes. Students will study human wellness as it relates to the dimensions of health; legal, ethical, and cultural issues as they apply to health and health promotion; and health behavior change for the purposes of enhancing wellness, preventing disease, and treating acute illness. Program graduates will be prepared and qualified to sit for the NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. Upon graduation from the Health Promotion program, students will be prepared for careers or graduate work in:

  • Community Health Consultant

  • Corporate Wellness Program Director

  • Health Benefit Navigator

  • Health Educator

  • Health Promotion Specialist

  • Health Program Manager

  • Health and Wellness Coach

  • Health Services Coordinator

  • Health Care Administrator

  • Insurance Underwriter

  • Medical Marketing Representative

  • Patient Advocate

  • Patient Educator

  • Public Health Advisor

  • Public Health Monitor

  • Public Health Advocate

  • Wellness Coordinator


General Information
Students must meet with a health science advisor each semester and review the plan of study. Health Sciences core courses have prerequisite and co-requisite courses which must be met prior to enrollment. The Health Sciences program sequence begins every fall semester.

Admission to Cohort
Due to requirements for lab and clinical orientation and various clinical paperwork needing to be completed prior to HESC 3000 lab courses, students must complete an admission packet during the spring semester before starting the HESC 3000 classes in the fall. Please follow the application directions on the Health Sciences website or speak with an academic advisor.

Once in their junior year of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program, students are required to

  1. Attend and/or review the Health Sciences orientation session/presentation prior to the end of the first week of 3000 level

  2. Submit proof (form provided upon acceptance) of the following prior to the stated deadline:

    1. CPR/AED Certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross). The student must keep this certification current throughout the program.

    2. Professional liability insurance (included in tuition and fees). The student must keep this current throughout the program.

    3. Any other requirements as stated or required by a lab or capstone site selected and agreed upon by the students and This may include the following:

      1. Yearly TB skin (PPD) test or TB screening prior to beginning labs. The student must keep this current throughout the program if required by the site.

      2. Current physical health examination by a healthcare provide.

      3. Additional immunizations required by the program or capstone site.

      4. Health Insurance.  Students may be required by certain lab or capstone sites to have health insurance. The USG has a health insurance program which is available for students to purchase if needed.

      5. Travel at own expense to lab or capstone sites.

      6. Undergo a background check and 10-point drug screen through PSI Background Screening services, as required by lab or capstone sites. The cost will be the responsibility of the student. Background checks could result in denial to the lab or capstone site and inability to pass a course or the program. Students are required to successfully complete all required testing prior to the start of each fall semester if required by lab or capstone sites. 

  3. Continuation and Progression in the BS in Health Sciences Program:

    1.  Minimum grade of C in all HESC and General Education Core courses.  A student earning a grade of less than C, W or WF in a HESC or General Education Core course must repeat the course.

    2. Management of failures:  Permission to re-enroll in any HESC course is contingent on space availability and is not guaranteed.  

    3. Students who have been dismissed from the program are ineligible for readmission.

In addition to the above, students must also complete all collegewide Graduation Requirements.

For questions about this program, please contact:


Christine Brown