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B.A. Health Sciences

Fast Facts: Health Sciences Major

  • Desirable option for students interested in health care, but who elect not to pursue a disciplinary degree program. Health Sciences is a non-major school degree for students with an interest in health care, but who have not fulfilled the requirements for a specific program within the School.
  • Students work closely with the Dean of the School of Health Sciences in developing a customized instructional plan.

Program Requirements

36 health science/related credits
16 upper-division health science/related


Equipped with critical thinking skills and a broad knowledge of health care and human services systems, graduates of this program  have gone on to work in continuing care retirement communities, hospitals, nonprofits and other healthcare facilities. Others have pursued graduate study in such areas as occupational therapy, athletic training other health science professions.

Pair with a language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse HSC 2201 - Nutrition

Introduces the basic principles of nutrition including energy, proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water with application to individual diet assessment. Recommendations for meeting the changing nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle. Basic exploration of current food/nutrition issues. Four class hours, independent projects.

Expand and Collapse HSC 3020 - Pathophysiology

Study of the general mechanisms of disease at the cellular and molecular levels, including abnormalities of fluid distribution, the inflammatory process, abnormal immune mechanisms, and neoplastic disease, followed by an application of the basic principles of pathologic processes to diseases of the neurologic, endocrine, reproductive, hematologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and digestive systems. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology.

Expand and Collapse HSC 4700 - HSC Interdisciplinary Leadersh

Focuses on specific leadership strategies of building respect and collaboration among members of health science disciplines through patient/client centered and ethical decision-making approaches. Students will have opportunities to develop skills to function as leaders representing their professions as part of an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the ATHENS EHR System, which is a state-of-the-art electronic health record, will be used by students in this course to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Expand and Collapse HSC 4777 - Topics in Health Sciences

Studies subjects dealing with healthcare delivery systems in U.S. and/or other countries, such as the philosophy, organization/structure, innovations, benefits, concerns and/or future orientation of the systems. Must be approved by school dean.

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  • "I chose to major in health sciences because it aligned with both my enthusiasm for exploring the sciences and my desire to work with the local community. CSS offers a strong interaction among students, peers and professors which contributes to more success for students."

    – Kai Mitchell, ‘14