2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences, B.S.

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Health Sciences, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences provides Coastal Carolina University students an opportunity to pursue a foundational and broad-based program in the health sciences and related health professions. It provides an accessible and flexible curriculum for students looking to pursue a wide variety of allied health professions (e.g., physical therapy, lab/clinical/tech support, patient care). The program is ideal for students who want to design a more individualized and specialized health science pathway for graduate studies or who might be undecided on their specific healthcare career path. 

The Health Sciences program is intended to augment and collaborate with the highly successful and more specialized majors already existing in the Conway Medical Center College of Health and Human Performance (e.g., Nursing, Public Health, and Exercise Science). The program is also designed to interact with related and interdisciplinary curricular areas outside the College (e.g., minors in Health Communication, Spanish for the Health Professions).

As designed, the curriculum offers individualized flexibility by allowing students to choose elective courses with skilled advisor guidance to prepare students for entry into graduate programs or selected healthcare fields. These courses are chosen from health science electives and existing interdisciplinary courses both within and outside the College (e.g., Exercise Science, Biology, Communication).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Sciences program is to provide students with a strong academic foundation for a career in the wide range of healthcare professions. The program seeks to provide students with an accessible and flexible curriculum that align with student goals and allow for individualized career and professional pathways.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the requirements for the degree In Health Science will be able to:

  1. Describe key elements of the US Healthcare System.
  2. Develop and enact a clear career development plan for selected healthcare profession(s).
  3. Describe the major chronic illnesses and disabilities in a comprehensive fashion.
  4. Apply content knowledge and scientific, leadership, and bioethical principles to address contemporary health issues.
  5. Effectively communicate as health professionals.
  6. Develop and apply critical thinking and data analysis skills to address contemporary health issues.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate dispositions, behaviors, and attitudes for health careers.

Policies and Requirements

Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in each course used to satisfy a) HSCI Foundation Courses, b) all HSCI Major Courses, and c) all Guided Health Science Courses.

A grade of ‘C’ or better is also required in ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Core Curriculum (36-40 Total Credit Hours)  

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements (3-6+ Credits) *  

Foundation Courses (8-19 Credits)


BIOL, CHEM, PSYC, AND STAT courses in the Foundation also satisfy core curriculum requirements; credit hours only count once toward total university credit hour requirements (120).

Health Sciences Major Courses (33 Credits)

Guided Health Sciences Courses and Pathways (18 Credits)

Students Select one of two (2) pathways:

1.  Advisor-Approved Coursework to support:

     a. Required prerequisites for professional graduate programs in healthcare professions, or

     b. Relevant courses to support skills and careers in allied health professions and healthcare


2.  College-Approved Minor, to be selected from:

     a. Pre-Health Professions Minor  

     b.  Public Health Minor    

     c.  Exercise Science Minor  

     d.  Health Communication Minor    

     e.  Spanish for Health Professions Minor  

Electives (4-22 Credits)

Total Credits Required (120)

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