Health Sciences Major B.S.

The Health Sciences program is for those students who are concerned with the health and well-being of others, possess a strong science aptitude, and plan to pursue a career in healthcare.  As healthcare has evolved in the U.S., degree programs in the allied health professions (physical therapy, physician assistant, etc.) have moved to post-baccalaureate education. Individuals with career interests in allied health professions must first attain prerequisite knowledge to be prepared to study in these advanced degree programs. This rigorous academic program provides the foundational life science coursework and advanced elective course offerings to prepare students for graduate programs in the allied health sciences.

Admission to graduate study in medical or allied health professions is very competitive and requires applicants to demonstrate exemplary academic performance for admission.  Students are required to have earned a minimum, cumulative, GPA of 2.85 by the end of their Sophomore/2nd Year in the Health Sciences Major.  Students are also required to achieve a C- or better in all required courses in the major. Students with a GPA below 2.85 will be excluded (removed) from the Health Sciences Major.

Major Requirements

Core courses required of all Health Sciences concentrations are:

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
HS 406Introduction to Health Sciences1
HS 501Medical Terminology2
HS 605Exploration of Allied Health Professions2
HS 656Musculoskeletal Pathologies for Health Professions4
HS 657Musculoskeletal Pathologies for Health Professions Lab1
HS 717Cultural Considerations in Health Care4
HS 767Pharmacology for Health Professions4
EXSC 620Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 585Emergency Medical Responder4
KIN 652Clinical Kinesiology4
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology4
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology 14
or SOC 402 Statistics
or HHS 540 Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals

Any UNH statistics course satisfies the requirement with adviser approval. 

Required University Courses

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Health Sciences curriculum and any pre-requisite coursework needed to apply to the graduate programs they plan to pursue.

Recommended Electives

A student’s plan of elective courses should align with post-baccalaureate pursuits, and be approved by a Health Sciences advisor.

Recommended electives for future health professionals that are external to the Health Sciences courses may include course work in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Human Development & Family Studies, Health & Human Services, Health Management & Policy, Kinesiology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Recreation Management & Policy, Social Work, and other coursework in the life sciences and health and human services. 

BMCB 658/659WGeneral Biochemistry3
BMS 503/504General Microbiology3
CHEM 545/546Organic Chemistry3
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
KIN 684/685Emergency Medical Care: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)3
HS 696WIndependent Study2-4
HS 770General Medical Conditions for Health Professions4
KIN 706Neurology4
PSYC 561Abnormal Behavior4
PSYC 581Child Development4
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
HS 406 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
Discovery/Elective (HU) 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
HS 501 Medical Terminology 2
PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology 4
Discovery/Elective (FPA) 4
Second Year
HS 605 Exploration of Allied Health Professions (fall or spring) 2
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
EXSC 620 Physiology of Exercise 4
KIN 585 Emergency Medical Responder 4
Discovery/Elective (ETS) 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
PSYC 402 Statistics in Psychology 1 4
Discovery Elective (WC) 4
Third Year
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
HS 767 Pharmacology for Health Professions 4
Discovery Elective (HP) 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
HS 656 Musculoskeletal Pathologies for Health Professions 4
HS 657 Musculoskeletal Pathologies for Health Professions Lab 1
KIN 652 Clinical Kinesiology 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
Fourth Year
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements)
HS 717 Cultural Considerations in Health Care 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements)
Discovery Elective (see recommended electives under requirements) 4
 Total Credits126
  • Demonstrate understanding of core principles of biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, and kinesiology.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of musculoskeletal evaluation and assessment techniques.
  • Demonstrate responsiveness to cultural considerations in healthcare.

a. Understand influence of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, socioeconomic status, and other aspects of diversity on individual healthcare needs and health-related quality of life.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific research and writing.

a. Ability to identify and analyze scholarly literature.

b. Ability to synthesize and articulate research findings through writing.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of behaviors, scopes of practice, and legal and ethical standards for health professions.
  • Understand concepts of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care for health professions.