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.

Admission

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.

Requirements

Health Sciences Program (BS)

Requirements


A. General Education and Prerequisite Requirements


First Year Experience


Students entering the university with fewer than 25 transfer credit hours must fulfill the FYE requirement within their first academic year.

  • UNV 100 - First Year Experience (3-4).

English/Writing


One from:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work (3).

Humanities


  • COM 210 - Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
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  • One from:

  • PHL 162 - Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • PHL 168 - Philosophy of Bioethics (3)

Social Sciences


  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology (3)

Global Studies


Three credits selected by student; recommended:

  • PHS 331 - Global Health (3)

Fine Arts


Three credits, selected by student.

Health and Well Being


Three credits, satisfied by major requirements

Mathematics/Finance and Quantitative Literacy


Three credits satisfied by major requirements

  • MTH 120 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) or higher also required

Natural Sciences


  • Four credits to include a lab, satisfied by major requirements

Technology


  • CIS 128 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems I (3)

Capstone


Three credits, satisfied by major requirements

B. Biological/Physical Sciences (16 credits)


  • BIO 111 - Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIO 113 - Principles of Biology (4).
  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4).
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

C. Health Sciences (29-30 credits)


  • CIS 151 - Spreadsheet Software (2).
  • ENG 345 - Technical Writing (3).
  • HCR 201 - Introduction to Health Careers (1).
  • HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States (3)
  • HCR 304 - The Ethics of Health Care (3)
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  • One from:

  • MTP 320 - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals (2).
  • MTP 321 - Introduction to Medical Terminology (1).
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  • One from:

  • PHS 302 - Biostatistics (4).
  • PHS 347 - Public Health Statistics (4).
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  • PHS 315 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • PHS 390 - Health Sciences Capstone (3)
  • POL 120 - American National Government and Politics (3)
  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology (3)

D. Track of Choice


One of the following tracks:

Pre-Physical Therapy Track (41-45 credits)


  • One from:

  • HCR 119 - First Aid: Responding to Emergencies with Community CPR (2).
  • HCR 120 - Medical First Responder (4).
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  • HCR 362 - Cultural Competence in Health Care (3)
  • HCR 376 - Health Care Administration (3).
  • HCR 379 - Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
  • PHS 420 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
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  • One from:

  • AGE 350 - Health and Aging (3)
  • AGE 352 - Chronic Illness and Aging (3)
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  • CHM 150 - General Chemistry for Health Sciences (3)
  • CHM 151 - Chemistry Laboratory for Health Sciences (1).
  • CHM 252 - Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences (3).
  • CHM 253 - Biochemistry Laboratory for Health Sciences (1).
  • PHY 143 - College Physics I (4)
  • PHY 145 - College Physics II (4)
  • PSY 309 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PTP 201 - Introduction to Physical Therapy (1).
  • PTP 413 - Physiology of Exercise (4).

Environmental Health and Safety Track (46 credits)


  • PHS 420 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
  • PHS 421 - Occupational Health and Safety (3)
  • CHM 140 - Fundamentals of Chemistry (3).
  • CHM 220 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3).
  • CHM 260 - Principles of Chemistry I (3)
  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 262 - Principles of Chemistry II (3)
  • CHM 263 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 350 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
  • GEO 203 - Introduction to Spatial Analysis (3)
  • GEO 452 - Geographic Information Systems I (4).
  • GEO 453 - Geographic Information Systems II (4).
  • ESS 285 - Environmental Hazards and Natural Disasters (3)
  • ESS 485 - Environmental Emergency Management (3).
  • ESS 486 - Environmental Site Assessment (3).
  • PUB 422 - Environmental Law and Public Policy (3).

General Health Sciences Track (50-54 credits)


  • One from:

  • HCR 119 - First Aid: Responding to Emergencies with Community CPR (2).
  • HCR 120 - Medical First Responder (4).
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  • HCR 362 - Cultural Competence in Health Care (3)
  • HCR 376 - Health Care Administration (3).
  • HCR 379 - Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
  • PHS 420 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
  • PHS 421 - Occupational Health and Safety (3)
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  • One from:

  • AGE 350 - Health and Aging (3)
  • AGE 352 - Chronic Illness and Aging (3)
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  • CHM 260 - Principles of Chemistry I (3)
  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 262 - Principles of Chemistry II (3)
  • CHM 263 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 330 - Organic Chemistry I (3).
  • CHM 331 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1).
  • CHM 332 - Organic Chemistry II (3).
  • CHM 333 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1).
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  • At least four from:

  • BIO 135 - Microbiology Basics (4)
  • BIO 328 - Genetics (4).
  • CHM 350 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
  • NSC 209 - Basic Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners (3)
  • PHY 143 - College Physics I (4)
  • PHY 145 - College Physics II (4)

Note


Final course selection should be based on requirements of specific university professional program of interest; (e.g., physician assistant, dentistry, medicine). Additional consultation with UM-Flint biology/chemistry advisors is encouraged.
 

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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Honors

Health Sciences Honors Program (BS)

Requirements


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)
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  • 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  
 

Note


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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Mission

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.