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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Science
Health Science

College of Education and Health Professions

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is designed as a fundamental health-related degree that will enable students to pursue a variety of careers related to our population's health status. Graduates will have the basic skills and knowledge needed to become an asset to the health care community. Students are encouraged to become nationally recognized certified health education specialists (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing ( They are also encouraged to advance their education at one of the Schools of Public Health in our nation ( There are a variety of opportunities for students majoring in Health Science.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for students majoring in Health Science. Possible career paths include:
  • Medicine (Physician or Physician's Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Environmental health
  • Behavioral sciences-health education
  • Epidemiology
  • Health service administration
  • Maternal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • International-global health
  • Community outreach
  • Research
  • Counseling

Students must understand that some allied health professions require additional certification or other designated criteria along with their educational degree in health science.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Understand the role of the health professional in the provision of services to clients/patients.
  • Be able to compile, calculate and use health-related data to identify and evaluate health needs, interests and concerns of individuals and/or groups.
  • Be able to function as public health professionals for the health-related problems of individuals in the school, workplace or various community environments.
  • Be able to identify and describe the behavioral determinants of good mental and physical health.
  • Possess the skills and knowledge needed in order to develop a comprehensive educational program that focuses on tobacco use prevention, cancer education, diabetes education and other health-related topics.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students with 7 semester hours in science requirement in Area D must take 2 seminars in Area B. Students with 8 semester hours in science in requirement in Area D need to take only one seminar in Area B.
  • A grade of "C" or better is required for any EXSC course and all of Areas F, G, and H courses.
  • Students must have a minimum of 39 semester hours numbered 3000 or above.

Program Of Study


Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses:

*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
("C" or better required in each course)
Select one lab science course from below:
BIOL 1215
BIOL 1225K

Take the following courses:
CHEM 1211 with 1211L
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
("C" or better required in each course)
BIOL 2221 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2222 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2225 Microbiology for Health Sciences
HESC 2105 Personal Health
HESC 2125 Applied Nutrition

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 25
("C" or better required in each course)

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 24
("C" or better required in each HESC course)
Select 24 semester hours from the following:

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 11

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule for:
Health Science with an emphasis on Public/Environmental Health ( MPH advising option ).
Health Science with an emphasis on Physical Assistant/Medical School (PA-MED advising option).
Health Science with an emphasis on Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy (PT-OT advising option)