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Health Science

Health Science

  • Bachelor of Science

The major in Health Science at Saint Vincent College provides students with options in the sciences that combine courses from multiple traditional disciplines to meet the needs of students interested in allied health careers. Students will develop basic skills by taking foundational courses in science, and mathematics.  They then focus on additional science content in advanced courses in a concentration that fulfill the requirements for health programs.   Two seminars in the first and fourth year will help students integrate the concepts from multiple disciplines to solve real world problems through case studies and projects.

The goal of the B.S. degree in Health Science is to educate students so that they may use scientific principles from a multitude of scientific fields in real world health applications, to train students to work in teams, and to communicate with others in their field as well as society in general.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Health Science?

Employment Opportunities: 
Pharmaceutical sales representative
Biomedical sales representative
Laboratory technician/analyst
Health Services Manager
Medical Illustrator (Art minor)
Public Health Educator
Health Informatics (Data Science minor)

Health Professional Programs: 
Physician’s Assistant
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Athletic Training
Nursing (Second degree and Master’s)
Chiropractic Medicine

Graduate Degrees:

MPH Public Health
MS Health Science
MS/PhD in Nutrition science
MS in Cytotechnology
MS in Perfusion Technology
MS in Health Management and Policy
MS/PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety {Toxicology preferred}
MS/PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders {minor in psychology}

Curriculum Requirements

  • Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Health Science

    Foundations I (21 credits)
    CH 101/103 General Chemistry I and Lab - 4 credits
    BL150/151 General Biology I and Lab - 4 credits
    PH 109/113 College Physics I and Lab - 4 credits
    INTS 222/224 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab - 4 credits
    MA 109 or 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
    INTS 101 Introduction to Integ. and Health Science - 1 credit

    Foundations II (19 credits)
    CH 102/104 General Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 152/153 General Biology II and Lab - 4 credits
    INTS 223/225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab - 4 credits
    HSCI 210 Healthcare Systems - 3 credits
    INTS 201 Medical Terminology - 1 credit
    BL 260 Biostatistics or PY 203 or Statistics I - 3 credits

    Capstone Experience (4 credits)
    INTS 300 Health Science Seminar - 3 credits
    INTS 550 Internship - 1 credit

    Concentration: 16 Credits

    Total credits in major: 60
    Electives: 15-21

    Choose 16 Credits* (must include labs when available) from the following:
    CH 221/223 Organic Chemistry I and Lab - 4 credits
    CH 222/224 Organic Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 208/209 Cell Biology and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 212/213 Microbiology and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 214/215 Molecular Genetics and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 224/225 Physiology and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 220/221 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 245 Exercise Physiology - 3 credits
    BL 226/227 Neuroscience and Lab - 4 credits
    CH 251/253 Proteins and Metabolism and Lab - 4 credits
    CH 252/254 Nucleic Acids and Membranes and Lab - 4 credits
    PY 331 Biological Psychology - 3 credits
    PY 322 Health Psychology - 3 credits
    INTS 250 Fundamentals of Nutrition - 3 credits
    PH 110/114 College Physics II and Lab - 4 credits
    HSCI 230 Health Analytics - 3 credits
    SO 248 Fundamentals of Epidemiology - 3 credits

    *Carefully explore your post-graduation goals to choose appropriate classes

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Interdisciplinary Integration. Students will be able to analyze, connect, and integrate knowledge from two or more disciplines to draw conclusions and/or solve complex health-related problems.
    2. Scientific Skills. Students will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in scientific skills, and technological competency from multiple disciplines.
    3. Communication. Students will be able to express themselves clearly in both written and oral communication.
    4. Data Analysis. Students will be able to analyze scientific and health data and utilize that data as evidence for a conclusion.
    5. Information literacy. Students will be able to find, evaluate and utilize sources of scientific and health information appropriately and ethically.
    6. Teamwork. Students will be able to work effectively as part of a team to accomplish a complex project.

Student Success


The success rate for Saint Vincent students applying to allied health programs. This is a five-year rolling average from 2017-21.

Physical Therapy 10/13 77%
Physician Assistant  19/27 70%
Second Degree Nursing 16/16 100%
Occupational Therapy 6/9 67%
Pharmacy  11/11  100%


Experiential Learning Prepares Students For Success

Gregory Bisignani, M.D., and Carl Hasselman, M.D., clinical professors at Saint Vincent College, describe their teaching laboratory periods in the Liberatore Human Anatomy Laboratory, a gift of Ralph and Donna Liberatore. The laboratory is used by undergraduate students for the study of human anatomy and physiology, facilitated by cadaveric dissection. The lab is also used by external clients for surgical training and demonstrations. Students observe and assist with demonstration surgeries, an opportunity Hasselman has described as a “huge step forward in preparing undergraduates for medical school.”