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Health Science

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Health Science major combines the study of health, illness, and prevention strategies to offer flexible pathways for students who want to be in one of the many growing health science fields. Pathway options include one for those who want to enter the medical professions, one for those interested in healthcare administration, and one for those interested in eldercare.

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Courses in the major include:

This course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology, followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 100 is required for Biology majors, strongly recommended for Health Science majors.
This course consists of an in-depth study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: The central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, sensory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 201 or Instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
This course focuses on general, medical, ecological, and applied microbiology including: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminthic organisms. Prerequisites: BI 100, BI 105 required for Biology Majors, strongly recommended for Health Science majors.
This course examines the theory and practice of health communication. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal relationships, social and cultural issues, and mediated messages concerning health communication.
This course studies chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, bonding, measurements, the Periodic Table, solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students majoring in science or in pre-professional programs or allied health fields. Prerequisite: High School Algebra
This course examines the fundamental role of nutrition in healthy living. Emphasis is placed on applying the principles of nutrition in order to achieve, and maintain, optimal health and wellness. Prerequisite HLS 101
This course contrasts the normal changes of aging against those caused by disease or injury. This will include psychosocial changes and the effect of societal and economic pressures on the elderly. Prerequisite HLS 101
This course introduces concepts related to professions with health sciences. Exploration of skills, knowledge and abilities associated with professions in healthcare will be explored.
This course is an in-depth study of the medical language from an anatomical approach. Students will learn the essentials of medical word building through the study of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The course focuses on correct pronunciation, spelling, and use of medical terms within the healthcare setting. Prerequisite HLS 101
This course focuses on the health science student to utilize previous course work to apply advanced concepts towards an applied health science project. Prerequisite: This course is the final course in the major; all other HLSCTBS courses should be completed.
This course provides the theoretical basis and problem-solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to analyze quantitative data, and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, linear regression, data gathering methodologies and probability, as well as confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one and two samples. Use of technology in solving and interpreting statistical problems is emphasized. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement via ALEKS Placement Assessment
This course presents the basic laws which govern the behavior of the physical world, concentrating on the basic mechanics of visible objects. Included in this study are the concepts of velocity, acceleration, force, energy, heat, and angular motion. Late in the course, these principles are applied to wave motion, including the physics of sound waves, and to fluids. Concepts and calculations are presented using algebraic methods. Hands-on laboratory work is an essential element of the course. Prerequisite: MA 102 or placement via ALEKS Placement Exam
This course examines relevant definitions and topics of medical ethics and the process of decision making within medical environments.
The focus of this course is on the consumption of healthcare research and the application of evidence-based practice for healthcare professionals. This course introduces types of research methodologies, data collection, analysis of data, and the interpretation and application of best practices in healthcare settings.
This course is an introduction to the scientific foundations of the study of behavior and a survey of basic topics of psychology such as sensation and perception, the brain and nervous system, learning and memory, language and thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, development, stress, and abnormal behavior. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in Psychology except PY 200, PY 211, PY 222 and PY 250 or MA 215.
This course will present the principles of human growth and development from conception to death. Topics to be included in the course are methods of child study, consideration of individual differences, and analysis of patterns and sequences of development.
This course presents the major theoretical and therapeutic approaches to psychological disorder. The classification, origin, description, and treatment of the chief psychiatric problems are included. Prerequisite: PY 101

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