BS in Health Science (Community Health Education)

Units required for Major: 54-56
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

Repeat Policy: Health Science majors and minors can only repeat Health Science courses one time if they receive less than a "C." Students must meet with their academic advisor before petitioning the department to repeat the course. Refer to the Repeat Policy section of the Sacramento State Catalog for 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 very 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 (25-27 Units)
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3 - 5
or BIO 2 Cells, Molecules and Genes
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
PUBH 50Healthy Lifestyles3
or NUFD 10 Nutrition And Wellness
PSYC 2Introductory Psychology3
or SOC 1 Principles of Sociology
STAT 1Introduction to Statistics 13
or STAT 10B Introductory Statistics with Developmental Mathematics
Required Upper Division Courses (15 Units)
PUBH 114Human Ecology and Health3
PUBH 122Health Psychology3
HHS 160Senior Seminar: Health Science Careers, Policy, and Research3
Select one course from the following courses on Aging: (3 units)3
Strategies for Optimal Aging
Aging Issues in Contemporary America
Managing Disorders in Elders
Aging and Health
Sport And Aging
Elder Care Continuum Services and Strategies
Select one course from the following courses on Ethical Practices: (3 units)3
Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
Professional and Public Service Ethics
Science and Human Values
Health Services and Systems
Required Health Science Electives (14 Units)
Choose 14 units from the following elective courses:14
Microbiology for Allied Health Students
Physiology of Human Reproduction
Systemic Physiology
Medical Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Human Development
Applied Care Management in Gerontological Practice
Nutrition And Metabolism
Physics of Sports
Psychology of Adolescence
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Inclusive Recreation and Recreation Therapy
Total Units54-56

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 (9 Units)
Area D Course3
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
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