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. Health Sciences majors choose one of four sub-plans. These sub-plans include: Rehabilitation Sciences, for students pursuing physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, orthotics/prosthetics, applied behavioral analysis 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 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 focused Study Abroad experience to meet the requirement of the capstone course.

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Major Program Requirements

  • Students must maintain the 2.0 GPA, term and cumulative, to remain in the Health Sciences program. Students who fail to achieve a 2.0 GPA may stay in the program for two probationary semesters, and if they fail to earn a 2.0 term or cumulative GPA after the two probationary semesters, students must transfer out of the Health Sciences program.
  • All required core and elective coursework for the BHS in Health Sciences program, including requirements outside the department, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • Students may repeat a core required course one time.
  • Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, and Departmental Requirements, in addition the degree requirements below.

  • Students may only repeat a core required course one time.

Capstone Requirement

The BHS capstone is comprised of two courses: HLTH_SCI 4975 and HLTH_SCI 4985. HLTH_SCI 4975 offers ways to complete the capstone experience through internships. The internship will be approved by the internship advisor and faculty internship coordinator. 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

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 2100Health Sciences Seminar1
HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3
HLTH_SCI 3900Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base3
HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3
or HLTH_SCI 4300H Health Care in the United States - Honors
HLTH_SCI 4975Internship in Health Sciences1-6
HLTH_SCI 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3
HLTH_SCI 4480Clinical Ethics3
General Education Requirements
MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation (or equivalent)3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Exposition English
Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences requirement (9 or more credits)
Biological Science
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
Physical Science
Mathematics Science
Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Elementary Statistics
Math Reasoning Proficiency Course Typically fulfilled by one of the following:3
Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Elementary Statistics
College Chemistry I
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
PHYSCS 1220College Physics II4
Behavioral and Social Sciences (9 or more credits):
Behavioral Science
Social Science
Survey of American History to 1865
Survey of American History Since 1865
American Government
Or other approved course
Humanities and Fine Arts (9 or more credits required from 2 different areas)
12 or more credits of a single foreign language may be used to fulfill this requirement
Distribution of Content:
Students must have at least one 2000 level or above course in two of three areas:
1. Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science
2. Behavioral/Social Science
3. Humanities/Fine Arts
BHS Electives
Students must complete 18 hours of approved elective courses. At least 9 credit hours must be from 3000/4000 level courses. Students must complete course work in at least two out of these three thematic areas: Social/Behavioral; Medical/Biological; Administrative/Leadership.

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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
HLTH_SCI 10003HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
Humanities Course*3Humanities course3
BIO_SC 10103CHEM 13204
SOCIOL 10003BIO_SC 10202
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 13304Humanities course3
Humanities course3STAT 12003
HLTH_SCI 33003PTH_AS 2201#3
CDS 21903PTH_AS 22032
PSYCH 10003Elective3
 16 14
Third Year
MPP 32025HLTH_SCI 44803
HLTH_SCI 43003HLTH_SCI 3900 (Writing Intensive)3
Writing Intensive Course3Elective Course^3
Elective Course*3CDS 32002
HLTH_SCI 21001Elective Course^3
 Elective Course^1
 15 15
Fourth Year
HTH_PR 4250#3PHYSCS 12204
PHYSCS 12104HLTH_SCI 49853
HLTH_SCI 4975*3Elective Course^3
Elective Course*3Elective Course^3
Elective Course*3Elective Course^1
 16 14
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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