Jul 20, 2024  
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Health Studies (B.S.) - Hegis Code 1299

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(Bachelor of Science Degree)

The major in health studies is designed for students who plan to enter the health or health-related professions. Majors include students planning graduate work in a health or health-related field, students who plan to seek employment in the health care field upon graduation, and students interested in exploring health issues in the context of a liberal arts background. This degree does not lead to a professional credential or prepare for licensure.

For students who are pre-accepted into Occupational Therapy (HLS-OT), or Physical Therapy (HLS-PT), the Health Studies degree serves as their undergraduate degree.

See sections below for each of these programs.

Physical Therapy

Students who have been accepted as freshmen into the direct entry program (HSPT OR HSP4) must complete Core (34-55 credits) and Major Course requirements (35 credits) for the Health Studies Degree.  In addition, they must complete the following: CHE 211 ; CHE 263 ; HLS 101 ; HLS 401  or DPT 591  ; PHY 151 ; PHY 152 ; PSY 237 ; PSY 372 ; and SOC 307 , plus one elective from the above health science electives.  

In order to maintain one’s status as a Health Studies Physical Therapy major, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained. Students must earn a grade of B or better in each of the science courses. Students who fail to earn a grade of B or better in a required science course may repeat that course to earn a satisfactory grade. However, a student may repeat no more than two science courses and any science course may be repeated only once.

Should a student fail to meet these requirements, his/her major will change to Health Studies with no guarantee of acceptance into the graduate DPT program. The student is welcome to re-apply at a later date if all admission requirements have been met. Please see Graduate catalog for additional information.


Occupational Therapy

Students who have been accepted as freshmen into the direct entry program (HSOT OR HSO4) must complete Core (34-55 credits) and Major Course requirements (35 credits) for the Health Studies Degree.  In addition, they must complete the following with a grade of C or better prior to the end of their junior year: BIO 201 ; BIO 202 ; HLS 101 ; HLS 309 ; HLS 381  ;PSY 361 ; OCT 561  , plus one elective from the above health science electives.  Students must earn a grade of C or better in each of the prerequisite courses listed here.  No required prerequisite course can be repeated more than once.  In order to continue into the OT course work as seniors, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and have completed a total of 25 hours of observation with an OT in at least two different settings by January of their junior year. Students may apply to the HSOT program as incoming freshmen or as transfers following three semesters of college work with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Health studies students interested in occupational therapy must meet with the chair of the occupational therapy program for specific advising as early in their academic career as possible.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Graduates will:

  • Communicate an awareness of and appreciation for the importance of interacting effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the varied interdisciplinary health care roles inclusive of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology-Child Life.
  • Interpret and apply Human Development concepts across the life span to evaluate and improve the health of individuals with/without various medical conditions.
  • Demonstrate critical appraisal skills when utilizing clinical research in order to be critical consumers of research as well as advocates for their future healthcare clients.
  • Identify key components of professional ethics and behaviors of health practitioners.

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34-55 Credit Hours

Major Related Courses - Behavioral Sciences

(***HS-OT required, ****HS-PT required)

Major Related Courses - Research Methods and Statistics

Major Electives

Health Studies

Select five of the following

15 Credit Hours

HSOT - Foundations for Occupational Therapy

  • also

    One Elective from list Major Electives for HS.

    (Students that are pre-accepted into OT (HLS-OT) must take BIO 201, BIO 202, HLS 381, OCT 561 in addition to one more class from the Major Elective category.
    HLS students that are not pre-accepted into OT are not eligible to take OCT 561.  HLS students need to obtain prior approval for BIO 201, BIO 202 and HLS 381. Once approved, HLS students also need to take two more elective options in the Major Elective category.)



Students must complete up to 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above. Undergraduate students can utilize 500 level courses towards the 300-400 level requirement during their senior year as an undergraduate student. For undergraduates 500-level courses are used toward the 120-credit hour undergraduate Health Studies degree, and never appear on a graduate transcript. These courses, are, therefore, considered undergraduate courses for these students, and can be counted toward the 18 credits at the 300-level or above. All 600-level courses are considered to be graduate courses only, and can NOT be used toward the above requirement.

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