BHS in Health Science with Emphasis in Health & Wellness Services

Degree Program Description

The health and wellness services emphasis will prepare students for application to clinical or graduate programs in fields such as accelerated nursing, applied behavior analysis, or health education and promotion. The health and wellness services emphasis may also prepare students who have appropriate work experience as an undergraduate to work in fields such as health and human services, non-profit organizations, and corporate health promotion, and wellness programming. The health and wellness emphasis services area includes 20 hours of core required courses, professional emphasis requirements and required health science electives that complement the student's pathway. In addition, the health science program requires an internship that is appropriate for a student's career goals. Examples of internships for the health and wellness services emphasis include: approved study abroad, health promotion, physical fitness and nutritional services through WELLAWARE at Boone Hospital Center, Safe Kids Columbia, and Case Management at Lutheran Family and Children's Services.

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Major Program Requirements

In addition to University of Missouri requirements, including University general education, the Health Science degree with a Health and Wellness Services emphasis requires the following, each of which must be completed with a grade of C- or higher:

Program Requirements
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Exposition English
MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
Physical Science course1+
Major Core Requirements
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 2100Health Sciences Seminar1
HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3
or HLTH_SCI 3300H Public Health Principles, Practice, & Education - Honors
or HLTH_SCI 3300W Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education - Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3
or HLTH_SCI 4300H Health Care in the United States - Honors
HLTH_SCI 4480Clinical Ethics3
or HLTH_SCI 4480W Clinical Ethics - Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 4975Internship in Health Sciences1, 3 or 6
HLTH_SCI 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3
Health and Wellness Services Emphasis Requirements
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or COMMUN 1200H Public Speaking - Honors
H_D_FS 2400Principles of Human Development3-4
or H_D_FS 2400H Principles of Human Development - Honors
or H_D_FS 2400HW Principles of Human Development - Honors/Writing Intensive
or H_D_FS 2400W Principles of Human Development - Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 3400Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
Select one of the following:3-5
Infectious Diseases
Human Anatomy Lecture
Diet Therapy for Health Professionals
Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Elements of Physiology
Select one of the following:3
Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions
Humanism and Health Literacy
Health Literacy and Behavioral Compliance
Health Science Electives 18
Students must complete 18 hours of approved elective coursework. At least 9 credit hours must be from 3000/4000 level courses.

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Semester Plan

Students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor in the School of Health Professions to develop an individualized eight-semester plan based on strengths, interests and career goals.

First Year
BIO_SC 10103ENGLSH 10003
BIO_SC 10202HLTH_SCI 10003
MATH 11003MO State Law Requirement3
Humanities course3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
COMMUN 12003HLTH_SCI 43003
HLTH_SCI 33003CDS 21903
STAT 120032000+ level Humanities course3
Physical Science course3Writing Intensive course3
 15 15
Third Year
HLTH_SCI 44803NEP 23803
H_D_FS 240032000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective33000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
Elective 3Elective3
Elective 2 
 15 15
Fourth Year
HLTH_SCI 34003HLTH_SCI 49853
HLTH_SCI 440032000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
HLTH_SCI 497533000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective 3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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