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.
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 may only repeat a core required course one time.
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 1000||Introduction to the Health Professions||3|
|HLTH_SCI 2100||Health Sciences Seminar||1|
|HLTH_SCI 3300||Public Health Principles and Practice||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3900||Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4300||Health Care in the United States||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 4300H||Health Care in the United States - Honors|
|HLTH_SCI 4975||Internship in Health Sciences||1-6|
|HLTH_SCI 4985||Healthcare Organization and Leadership||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4480||Clinical Ethics||3|
|General Education Requirements|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3-5|
|or MATH 1160||Precalculus Mathematics|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation (or equivalent)||3|
|or ENGLSH 1000H||Honors Exposition English|
|Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences requirement (9 or more credits)|
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500
|Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
or STAT 1300
|Math Reasoning Proficiency Course Typically fulfilled by one of the following:||3|
|Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
|College Chemistry I|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4|
|PHYSCS 1220||College Physics II||4|
|Behavioral and Social Sciences (9 or more credits):|
|Survey of American History to 1865|
|Survey of American History Since 1865|
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
|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.|
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.
|HLTH_SCI 1000||3||HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100||3|
|MATH 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|Humanities Course*||3||Humanities course||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|SOCIOL 1000||3||BIO_SC 1020||2|
|CHEM 1330†||4||Humanities course||3|
|Humanities course||3||STAT 1200||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3300||3||PTH_AS 2201#||3|
|CDS 2190||3||PTH_AS 2203‡||2|
|MPP 3202||5||HLTH_SCI 4480||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4300||3||HLTH_SCI 3900 (Writing Intensive)||3|
|Writing Intensive Course||3||Elective Course^||3|
|Elective Course*||3||CDS 3200||2|
|HLTH_SCI 2100||1||Elective Course^||3|
|HTH_PR 4250#||3||PHYSCS 1220||4|
|PHYSCS 1210||4||HLTH_SCI 4985||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4975*||3||Elective Course^||3|
|Elective Course*||3||Elective Course^||3|
|Elective Course*||3||Elective Course^||1|
|Total Credits: 120|
Denotes elective coursework. These specific courses are not required, though the credit hours are required to teach the University requirement of 120 total hours.
Denotes Health Sciences elective coursework. These specific courses will count towards the 18 hours required for completion of the Health Science Degree program.
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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.