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Biological Sciences: Health Sciences

Biological Sciences, BS, Concentration: Health Sciences

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Program Intro

The Health Sciences concentration is an ideal way to prepare for professional schools. You’ll be poised to apply for programs in medicine, dentistry, physical or occupational therapy, optometry, chiropractic, podiatry and pharmacy. If you’re interested in other healthcare careers, you can explore the BS in Health Studies option within our department.

Department of Biological Sciences

Our program offers small class sizes in both classroom and laboratory settings as well as a variety of undergraduate research and internship opportunities. These experiences prepare you for graduate and professional programs and employment opportunities in many fields.

Curriculum Overview

This program includes the general biology core (18 credit hours), required courses in Health Science (12 credit hours), Health Science electives (9 credit hours). You’ll also complete the general education core curriculum (30 credit hours), additional credits spread across STEM, courses in the humanities and social sciences and your choice of free electives.

Develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in biology and learn essential laboratory skills.

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  • BIOL 10100 – Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 10700 – Freshman Experience In Biological Sciences
  • CHM 11500 – General Chemistry

Complete the required core in biology. We also encourage you to enroll in elementary psychology sociology courses.

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  • BIOL 24400 – Genetics
  • CHM 25500 – Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 25501 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Build oral and written communication skills in upper-level biology courses.

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  • BIOL 21300 – Human Anatomy And Physiology I
  • PHYS 22000 – General Physics
  • BIOL 31600 – Basic Microbiology

Take the biology capstone course, complete graduation requirements and sit for professional school entrance exams.

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  • CHM 33300 – Principles Of Biochemistry
  • FN 30300 – Essentials Of Nutritio
  • BIOL 42600 – Senior Capstone


This concentration features a wide variety of upper-level course offerings, small class sizes and research opportunities in the healthcare field.

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You’ll gain the knowledge you need to apply to professional programs in medicine, dentistry and pre-physical therapy and more. Our graduates are also prepared for employment in a number of health-related fields.


Students with a Health Sciences concentration can apply for:

  • Biology Scholarship
  • Science & Nursing Memorial Talent Award

Beyond the Classroom

As a Health Sciences major, you’re encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, pursue volunteer and internship experience in health-related areas and join student clubs or organizations.

Career Paths

This program provides a path for our graduates to become:

  • Health professionals in the private and public sectors
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Science sales representatives in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries


Our alumni are employed in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, among other sectors.

Meet The Faculty

Radmila Sarac Stanic

Radmila Sarac Stanic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Radmila Stanic is an associate professor of biological sciences. Her research and teaching focus on cellular physiology, animal physiology and molecular biology.

Barbara Mania-Farnell, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences and Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Barbara Mania Farnell is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her teaching and research focus on neurobiology and development, and how these are impacted by environmental factors.


Feng-Song Wang, Ph.D.

Feng-Song Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor Wang studies how directed growth cone movement, mainly an actin-based cell motility, guides the pathfinding of a growing neurite during the formation of nervous system.

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