May 26, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Health Sciences, B.S.

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Students interested in health care have a variety of academic options. The Human Health Sciences (HHS) baccalaureate program was created to address the need for a well prepared health care work force. Graduates of this program will have a strong foundation in competencies necessary to deliver high quality health care in an interprofessional, dynamic environment. This program is not intended to replace traditional pathways to health care careers; instead, it is intended to offer a unique alternative for those who seek careers in health care and the health professions. Specifically, the degree offers eight options for students interested in future graduate or professional study: Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs.


Admission into the Human Health Sciences baccalaureate program is highly competitive. The Human Health Sciences program employs a comprehensive admissions model in which a number of factors are evaluated. Admissions information, including evaluation criteria and application deadlines can be found on the program’s website:

Human Health Sciences students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have a C or higher in all courses required for the degree in order to graduate. A D or E in any course, or term GPA below 3.0, will result in HHS probation. Failure to regain good standing during probation semester may result in HHS suspension.

Required Courses for the Major

All HHS degree seeking students are required to complete ten courses totaling 31 credits. These courses provide students with comprehensive knowledge of healthcare and related issues and the initial competencies essential for the profession. Courses have a particular focus on interprofessional healthcare delivery.

Prerequisite Courses Unique to Each Option

These courses are consistent with the prerequisite requirements for each option program (Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant). Students will be advised accordingly to ensure they have met the course requirements for their program of interest.

Required Core Courses - Non-HHS

These courses are intended to support students’ preparation in the sciences and better prepare them for healthcare careers or entry into professional degree programs.

Prerequisite Courses Recommended But Not Required

The Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy options have courses that are recommended, but not required. Students will be encouraged to take these courses, although taking these courses may extend their program. However, students completing the prerequisite recommended courses are traditionally more competitive for admission to future graduate and professional programs.

Track Related Major Requirements

The Dentistry and Physician Assistant options require an additional major course. For Dentistry, the course is HHS 450 - INTRODUCTION TO DENTISTRY  (3 credits). For Physician Assistant, the course is HHS 451 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICINE  (2 credits).

General Electives

The University has many courses that add to the students’ course of study. Students will be advised accordingly.

For more information, visit:

Jami Warren, Ph.D.
HHS Director of Undergraduate Studies

Amy Karr, M.A.
Academic Advisor

Rebecca Serrano, MBA
Student Success and Financial Wellness Coordinator

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements. The Human Health Sciences baccalaureate program has selected specific UK Core courses that also meet major requirements. Students may choose their own UK Core approved course in areas where a specific one is not listed (e.g., Arts and Creativity, Humanities, etc.):

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

Subtotal: UK Core hours: 34

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

Subtotal: HHS Core: 31

Subtotal: Guided Electives: 20

Pre-Professional Track Course Requirements

Subtotal: 35

Subtotal: 35

Subtotal: 35

Occupational Therapy Track

Subtotal: 35

Subtotal: 35

Subtotal: 35

Physical Therapy Track

Subtotal: 35

Subtotal: 35

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