PEAK Majors

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The Health Sciences Major is a broad-based program of study that prepares students for careers or graduate study in the health care industry and related areas. This major provides excellent preparation for students entering health professions such as physical therapy, physician's assistant (PA), and pharmacy. Requirements for each professional program vary, thus early consultation with an advisor is encouraged. At the center of the major is the Health Sciences Core, a group of courses that provides a foundation in the natural and social sciences in a manner consistent with the liberal arts tradition. In addition to completing the Health Sciences Core, each student majoring in Health Sciences must also take additional upper division coursework in both the natural and social sciences. The additional courses may be chosen by students to enhance the depth of their major in their particular area of interest. The multi-disciplinary Health Sciences major has been designed to fulfill both the Natural Science and Social Science PEAK requirements. The Health Professions Studies minor in the Professional Enhancement PEAK is a good complement to this major since it includes any additional coursework needed for individual health professions graduate programs.

Health Sciences Major

58-60 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360 or
BIO-361

Microbiology and Laboratory or
Pathobiology

4
3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212 or
MAT-151

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods or
Calculus I

3
3
4

PSY-100

General Psychology

3

SOC-100 or
ATH-101

Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

POE-241

Public Policy

3

HSC-499

Health Sciences Seminar

3

 

 

Complete 7 credits from the following:

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-354

Human Anatomy Selected Topics

2

BIO-360

Microbiology (if not taken previously)

4

BIO-361

Pathobiology (if not taken previously)

3

BIO-365

Immunology

3-4

BIO-371

Endocrinology

3

BIO-372

Developmental Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-376

Neurophysiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

 

 

Complete 6 credits (including at least one upper-division course) from the following:

ATH-302A

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-308

Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective

3

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-203

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY-206

Social Psychology

3

PSY-330

Introduction to Neuropsychology

3

PSY-331

Introduction to Psychopharmacology

3

PSY-340

Psychology of Child Development

3

PSY-341

Psychology of Adolescent Development

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC-110

Social Psychology

3

SOC-302

General and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-325

Social Interaction and Microsociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Grounding in the foundational natural sciences on which the understanding of health and disease is based.
  • Foundational knowledge in the social sciences.
  • Completion of at least one course that highlights human illness.
  • Formation of a framework for considering biomedical issues.
  • Integration of natural and social sciences.
  • Application of the natural and social sciences to real-world problems.