BHS in Health Science with Emphasis in Pre-Professional

Degree Program Description

The pre-professional emphasis in the health science major prepares students to apply for graduate and professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, optometry and related areas. The pre-professional emphasis may also prepare students who have appropriate work experience as an undergraduate to work for clinical research companies, medical or pharmaceutical sales or other non-clinical health careers that require a background in science and knowledge of health care. The pre-professional emphasis area includes 20 hours of core required courses, general education, professional emphasis requirements and required 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 pre-professional emphasis include: Missouri Telehealth Network, MedZou Community Health Center, PhysAssist, and Scribe America.

Major Program Requirements

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

Program Requirements
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
Approved Diversity Course *This requirement may overlap with the Health Science Electives requirement, but not emphasis requirements.3
Major Core Requirements
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
or HLTH_SCI 1000H Introduction to the Health Professions - Honors
HLTH_SCI 2400Contemporary Health Issues3
or HLTH_SCI 2400H Contemporary Health Issues - Honors
or HLTH_SCI 2400W Contemporary Health Issues - Writing Intensive
or P_HLTH 2200 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
HLTH_SCI 3000Health Sciences Seminar1
HLTH_SCI 3700Health Care in the United States *3
or HLTH_SCI 3700H Health Care in the United States - Honors
HLTH_SCI 4200WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive *3
or HLTH_SCI 4200HW Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intensive
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
Pre-Professional Emphasis Requirements
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
or BIO_SC 2200H General Genetics - Honors
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
or CHEM 1330H College Chemistry II- Honors
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 2030 Survey of Organic Chemistry
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
or BIO_SC 3700 Human Physiology
PHIL 2440Medical Ethics3
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
or PSYCH 1000H General Psychology - Honors
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
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. 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.

HLTH_SCI 4300 will be changing to HLTH_SCI 3700 and HLTH_SCI 3900W will be changing to HLTH_SCI 4200W.  Either course will be accepted towards degree requirements.

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Semester Plan

Students should meet with an academic advisor in the School of Health Professions to discuss an individualized 8-semester plan based on their career goals, strengths and interests.

First Year
BIO_SC 15005BIO_SC 22004
HLTH_SCI 10003CHEM 13204
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
PSYCH 10003Humanities course3
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 13304CHEM 21003
HLTH_SCI 24003HLTH_SCI 37003
STAT 12003Writing Intensive course3
MO State Law Requirement3PHYSCS 12104
 15 15
Third Year
2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective/Approved Diversity Course3HLTH_SCI 44803
Elective 32000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
BIO_SC 370053000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
Humanities course3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
HLTH_SCI 49753HLTH_SCI 49853
PTH_AS 220132000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
PTH_AS 220323000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
PHIL 24403Elective3
3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3Elective3
 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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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