About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study, or career advancement. Because many students are drawn to the health care field, but are often unsure of which direction may be best for them, this degree was designed to expose students to a wide range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for professional health science post-graduate work, such as physical therapy, physician assistant, environmental health, etc.

The minimum 124 credit hour interdisciplinary curriculum provides a sound academic base in general education, biological and physical sciences, and health sciences. Its flexibility allows students to prepare for multiple careers in health science. Several tracks are available within this degree: pre-physical therapy, environmental health, and general health science. The pre-physical therapy track is uniquely designed for entry into the University of Michigan-Flint's doctorate in Physical Therapy Program. The track in environmental health prepares graduates for positions in public and private sector settings, including local and state health departments; and in private sector positions such as chemical waste management, and workplace safety. The general health science track is available for students pursuing other health science professional programs (e.g., physician assistant, dentistry, medicine). For this track, careful course selection beyond the B.S. in Health Science requirements should be made after consulting the information available from the specific university professional program of interest.


Whether you are a new freshman or a transfer student, you must submit an application to the University of Michigan-Flint Admissions Office. You should specify Health Sciences as your probable field of study on your application. The Admissions Office can assist you with gaining acceptance into the University, transferring classes, and familiarizing you with the campus.

Once you have been accepted by the University, you should contact the Department of Health Sciences and Administration to schedule a meeting with an advisor. There is no additional application or admissions process to pursue a major in Health Sciences.


Health Sciences Honors Program (BS)


A. Health Sciences

All requirements of the General Program in Health Sciences  with:

  • HON 156 - Great Books II (5)
  • HON 251 - Great Ideas I (3)
  • HON 252 - Great Ideas II: The Impact of Technology on Society, An Historical Perspective (3)

  • Taken in place of, respectively:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
  • COM 210 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
  • ENG 345 - Technical Writing (3).

B. Honors

All requirements of the University Honors Program  


Prospective Honors Program students are urged to acquaint themselves as early as possible with the requirements above as well as with the particular procedures for acceptance into the Health Sciences and Administration Department’s Honors Program. See the departmental honors advisor or the Honors Program Director for this information.

Minimum Credits for the Degree:  124 credits

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The mission of the B.S. in Health Science is to provide a strong foundation in the health and human sciences for students intending to pursue professional graduate studies in physical therapy and other professional health science programs. The combined program components in basic science and health science will enable students to become effective and productive health professionals who value the diversity of the various communities in which they work and serve.