BHS in Health Science

Degree Program Description

A Health Science major is for students who are interested in non-clinical health careers and for those interested in graduate or professional health science programs.  Non-clinical health career options include medical case management, corporate wellness, human services, medical sales, pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution, and more. Graduates holding the BHS in Health Sciences may also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as physical therapy, public health, chiropractic medicine, health informatics and hospital administration. On-campus, Health Science majors choose one of four sub-plans. These sub-plans include: Rehabilitation Sciences, for students pursuing physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, orthotics/prosthetics, and similar degrees; Pre-Professional, for students who are pre-medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, optometry and related graduate/professional programs that require an undergraduate degree; Leadership and Policy, for students who are interested in pursuing non-clinical pathways after graduation, through graduate programs in health administration or working in areas such as health informatics, sales, program coordination and support areas in healthcare; and Health and Wellness Services, for students who wish to pursue health promotion, wellness programming, non-profit work, applied behavioral analysis, as well as students who wish to pursue accelerated nursing after graduation with the health science degree. The health sciences curriculum includes courses in public health, health literacy, healthcare leadership and management, healthcare policy and funding, and clinical ethics. The capstone course sequence includes a required internship experience appropriate for the chosen sub-plan. Students may choose a health sciences study abroad experience approved by the Office of Experiential Learning to meet the internship requirement.

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Major Program Requirements

  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA, most recent fall or spring term, cumulative including all transfer credit, and MU GPA to declare the Health Science major.
  • All required core and elective coursework for the BHS in Health Science program, including emphasis and approved health science elective courses, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • If a student earns a deficient grade in a core required course for the Health Science major, they may repeat a core required course one time. If the second attempt is not a C- or higher, students are required to transition out of the major.
  • Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, and Departmental Requirements, in addition the degree requirements below.

Capstone Requirement

The BHS in Health Science capstone is comprised of two courses: HLTH_SCI 4975 and HLTH_SCI 4985. HLTH_SCI 4975 is an internship that is approved by the Department of Health Sciences' Office of Experiential Learning. Students may find their own internship experience or work with the course instructor/internship advisor to identify an appropriate placement given interests and goals.

Students may choose from:

  • an internship at an agency, company, or corporation of their choice. For an internship to be approved as a capstone experience, it must help students solidify and explore areas of concentration. Internships must have prior approval from the Health Sciences Internship advisor;
  • service learning project which allows a student to serve approximately 50 clock hours in an organization. This can be arranged with the Internship advisor or through the Office of Service Learning on campus, and
  • an approved study abroad program

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

Program Requirements
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation (or equivalent)3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Exposition English
MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
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
Physical Science course1+
Behavioral Science course1+
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
Major Core Requirements
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions (Honors students may add HLTH_SCI 1000H discussion)3
or HLTH_SCI 1000H Introduction to the Health Professions - Honors
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
or HLTH_SCI 3900HW Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intenisive
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 Science Electives18
Students must complete 18 hours of approved elective coursework. At least 9 credit hours must be taken as 3000/4000 level courses. Students must complete coursework in at least two out of the following three thematic areas: Social/Behavioral; Medical/Biological; Administrative/Leadership. Transfer courses taken at the freshman-sophomore level and accepted as equivalent to a 3000/4000 level course at the University may not count towards the 9 hour upper-level Health Science Elective requirement for the Health Science degree.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
BIO_SC 10103ENGLSH 10003
BIO_SC 10202HLTH_SCI 10003
MATH 11003Humanities course3
Behavioral Science course3MO State Law Requirement3
Humanities course3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
HLTH_SCI 33003HLTH_SCI 43003
STAT 120032000+ level Humanities course3
Physical Science course3Writing Intensive course3
Elective 3Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
HLTH_SCI 448032000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective33000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
Elective 3Elective3
Elective 3Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
HLTH_SCI 49753HLTH_SCI 49853
3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective32000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
Elective33000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
Elective 3Elective3
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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