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Bachelor of Science - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is designed as a fundamental health-related degree that will enable students to pursue a variety of careers related to our population's health status. Graduates will have the basic skills and knowledge needed to become an asset to the health care community. Students are encouraged to become nationally recognized certified health education specialists (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing ( They are also encouraged to advance their education at one of the Schools of Public Health in our nation ( There are a variety of opportunities for students majoring in Health Science.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for students majoring in Health Science. Possible career paths include:
  • Medicine (Physician or Physician's Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Environmental health
  • Behavioral sciences-health education
  • Epidemiology
  • Health service administration
  • Maternal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • International-global health
  • Community outreach
  • Research
  • Counseling

Students must understand that some allied health professions require additional certification or other designated criteria along with their educational degree in health science.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Understand the role of the health professional in the provision of services to clients/patients.
  • Be able to compile, calculate and use health-related data to identify and evaluate health needs, interests and concerns of individuals and/or groups.
  • Be able to function as public health professionals for the health-related problems of individuals in the school, workplace or various community environments.
  • Be able to identify and describe the behavioral determinants of good mental and physical health.
  • Possess the skills and knowledge needed in order to develop a comprehensive educational program that focuses on tobacco use prevention, cancer education, diabetes education and other health-related topics.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students with 7 semester hours in science requirement in Area D must take 2 seminars in Area B. Students with 8 semester hours in science in requirement in Area D need to take only one seminar in Area B.
  • A grade of "C" or better is required for any EXSC course and all of Areas F, G, and H courses.
  • Students must have a minimum of 39 semester hours numbered 3000 or above.

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4

COMM 1110

Select one of the following courses:

ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105

Select one of the following courses:

EURO 2105
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002

Note: Extra hours of foreign language may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155

Select one of the following fine arts courses:

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100

*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
("C" or better required in each course)
Select one lab science course from below:
BIOL 1215K
BIOL 1225K

Choose one of the following:
CHEM 1211 with 1211L
CHEM 1151 with 1151L

Take the following course:

STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:

POLS 1101

Select one behavioral science course from the following courses: 
ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
ITDS 1146
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
("C" or better required in each course)
BIOL 2221 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2222 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2225 Microbiology for Health Sciences
HESC 2105 Personal Health
HESC 2125 Applied Nutrition

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 25
("C" or better required in each course)

HESC 1105 Intro to the Health Professions
HESC 3105 Survey of Environmental Health
HESC 4106 Methods/Materials in Health Educ
HESC 4145 Working With Families
HESC 5107 Human Sexuality
HESC 5115 Principles of Epidemiology
HESC 5187 Research Methods in Health Professions
HESC 5795 Seminar in Alcohol and Drug Abuse
STAT 3127 Statistical Computing

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 24
("C" or better required in each HESC course)
Out of the course options below, 24 credits must be completed to be eligible for graduation:

BIOL 1231K General Biology I
BIOL 1232K General Biology II
CHEM 1212 Principals of Chemistry and CHEM 1212L Lab
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplace
EXSC 3135 Kinesiology
HESC 3165 Working with the Aged
HESC 4107 Fundamentals of School Health
HESC 4129 Death and Dying
HESC 4698 Internship: Community Health Serv
HESC 4795 Seminar in Health Science
HESC 4899 Independent Study
HESC 5106 Behav Determin of Health/Disease
HESC 5108 Consumer Health
HESC 5109 Grant Writing Skills for Health Promotion Programs
HESC 5188 Contemporary Health Problems
MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics and PHYS 1311 Intro Physics Lab

Other options for Area H include the following courses (students must take both part 1 and 2):
ITDS 2106 Medical Terminology I
ITDS 2108 Medical Terminology II

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 11

Total Hours Required: 123

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