Aug 02, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences, B.S.


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The B.S. in Health Sciences is a curriculum that combines basic science, behavioral science, and health science courses designed to equip all students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the human body, various medical professions and patient centered healthcare.

The degree is designed to fulfill common prerequisites for admission into healthcare graduate programs as well as prepare students for productive careers as healthcare professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plans for B.S. in Health Sciences.

major requirements

Students must take the list of required courses identified below. In addition, the student will select a 23-24 credit area of study in order to complete the degree. The areas of study include: pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant or pre-nursing, and pre-health communication.

Students pursuing the B.S. in Health Sciences are required to:

  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.000 for all required major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade, except for HSCI 101 
  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits from upper division courses in the major.
  • Complete the capstone requirement HSCI 498  or research requirement HSCI 491  (for a total of 3 credits).

degree core requirements (46 credits)


one of the following (3 credits)


area of study requirements (23-24 credits)


Select one area of study: pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant or pre-nursing, and pre-health communication.

total credits 69-70


*Students who qualify (via GPA) and are attempting to meet the research requirements for college honors may choose HSCI 491  Student-Faculty Research/Creative Activity. The research requirements for college honors are indicated on the Crean home page of the catalog.

pre-physical therapy area of study (23 credits)


Students interested in pursuing graduate school in physical therapy with a B.S. in Health Sciences are eligible for Chapman's Bridge Program B.S. in Health Sciences to Doctor of Physical Therapy . Students are given preferential consideration into Chapman's DPT program, but they must meet specific requirements. Students participating in the bridge program must work closely with a health sciences academic advisor to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

pre-occupational therapy area of study (23 credits)


Students interested in completing the coursework commonly listed as prerequisites for acceptance into a graduate school in occupational therapy will pursue this area of study.

pre-physician assistant or pre-nursing area of study (23 credits)


Students interested in completing the coursework commonly listed as prerequisites for acceptance into the physician assistant master's degree program or the master's degree in nursing will pursue this area of study. Students interested in pursuing a master's degree as a physician assistant with a B.S. in Health Sciences are eligible for Chapman's Bridge Program B.S. in Health Sciences to Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies . Students are given preferential consideration to Chapman's physician assistant studies program, but they must meet specific requirements. Students participating in the bridge program must work closely with a health sciences advisor to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

pre-health communication area of study (24 credits)


Students seeking eligibility for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication  program will pursue this area of study. Students in this area of study must work closely with the health sciences faculty advisor and the program director of health and strategic communication to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

requirements (6 credits)


electives (18 credits)


Six of the following or, with approval and in coordination with the health science faculty advisor and the program director of health and strategic communication, students admitted into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Masters of Science in Health Communication program may use approved HCOM graduate level courses to satisfy up to 12 credits of graduate coursework. These graduate courses may be double-counted towards both bachelor's and master's degrees.

other elective courses for any "area of study"


With permission from the Department Chair, the courses listed may be used to fulfill the B.S. in Health Sciences degree elective requirement if not already identified as electives under a specific "area of study" or not already taken.

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