BS in Health Science

Units required for Major: 51-55
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science program in Health Science prepares students for a variety of roles within the allied health professions. The curriculum integrates coursework from disciplines across the University to provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills related to life sciences, social sciences, communications, health ecology, public service, ethical practice, and data analysis. 

The curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary prerequisite courses to pursue careers or training in clinical or non-clinical practice professions after graduation, such as Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistance, or Public Health. The curriculum also prepares students to transition to clinical majors at Sacramento State if they wish. Students have the flexibility to select a program of study that suits their career goals within the allied health professions. 

Note: Students graduating with a BS in Health Science will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.

Minimum Grade Requirement

All courses must be completed with at least a "C-" grade.

Additional Information

Credit by Examination: A student who seeks course credit by examination is to enroll in the course to be challenged. No course may be challenged after the first two weeks of the semester. The instructor of the course will conduct an assessment of the student's readiness for the challenge for credit examination. Refer to Credit by Examination section of the Sacramento State Catalog.

Advising: It will be necessary to work closely with an advisor to complete the BS degree in a timely manner. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all Health Science students consult with an advisor prior to enrollment for any course. This procedure should be followed each semester.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (13 Units)
BIO 25
BIO 26
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM 6AIntroduction to General Chemistry 1, 25
or CHEM 1A General Chemistry I
Required Lower Division Electives5 - 8
Select two courses from the following Lower Divison Electives: (5-8 units)
Basic Biological Concepts 1
Microbiology for Allied Health Students
Human Development
Nutrition And Wellness 1
Introductory Psychology 1
or SOC 1
Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Statistics 1
Introductory Statistics with Developmental Mathematics
Required Upper Division Courses (15 Units)
HHS 196B (Introduction to Health Science)3
PUBH 114Human Ecology and Health 13
PUBH 122Health Psychology3
Select one course from the following courses on Aging: (3 units)3
Aging Issues in Contemporary America
Older Adult Services and Strategies
Strategies for Optimal Aging
Interprofessional Approaches to Health Care in Older Adults
Sport And Aging
Aging and Health
Select one course from the following courses on Ethical Practices: (3 units)3
Professional and Public Service Ethics 1
Bioethics 1
Science and Human Values 1
Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
Health Services and Systems 1
Required Health Science Electives18 - 19
Select six courses from the following elective courses: (18-19 units)
Physiology of Human Reproduction
Systemic Physiology
Medical Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Health Communication
Applied Care Management in Gerontological Practice
Senior Seminar: Health Science Careers, Policy, and Research
Planning, Designing and Managing a Fitness Center
Leadership and Communication
Care Of Athletic Injuries
Hospice and Palliative Nursing Care
The Brain and Gender-Related Differences 1
Nutrition And Metabolism 1
Physics of Sports 1
Psychology of Adolescence
Abnormal Psychology
Fundamentals of Safety and Health
Public Health Policy, Management & Administration
Ethical Considerations in Public Health
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Understanding Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality
Recreation and Leisure Lifestyle Development
Leisure, the Individual, and Contemporary Society
Introduction to Inclusive Recreation and Recreation Therapy
Volunteer Management in Nonprofit, Service, or Community Organizations
The Science of Nature Engagement and Human Health & Wellbeing (The Science of Nature Engagement and Human Health & Wellbeing)
Total Units51-55

Note: Health Science courses depend upon concentration, permission of the faculty advisor, program coordinator, and department chair.

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (6 Units)
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5 20
B4 - Math Concepts 20
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area Course C3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (6 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units39

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (6 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 20