Advancement Requirements and Academic Standards in Health Science 

Advancement requirements

While there is no formal application process, all health science majors  must complete the following requirements by the end of the spring semester prior to advancing to the major's full-time senior year curriculum

* 91 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0** including the following: 

    • All S.B.C. requirements, with the exception of TECH, ESI, CER, DIV, SPK and WRTD
    • A minimum of 16 credits of natural science coursework, including HAN 200*** and HAN 202*** (BIO 203/ANP 300 or other equivalent anatomy and physiology courses) 
    • 21 credits of related electives including HAN 251*** and HAN 312***. Any natural science course taken beyond the minimum requirement of 16 credits can also satisfy the related electives requirement.
    • See the Health Science program website for an extensive list of related electives.
    • 10 upper-division credits (300 and 400 level courses). Can be met with any course meeting S.B.C., natural science, or related electives requirements. 
    • Successful completion of the mandatory Health Science workshop and survey.
    • Successful completion of WRT 102 or equivalent

* All students need a minimum of 91 credits and all requirements met by the end of the spring semester to advance to the fall senior year curriculum. Students with a declared second major or minor(s) must complete all required coursework for the major/minor(s) prior to advancing to senior year curriculum. Prerequisite courses (natural science and related electives) required for advancement to the senior year curriculum must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. Courses graded with a G/P/NC or S/U grade may not be used to satisfy the Health Science major requirements.

** Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 by the end of the spring semester prior to advancement, however, if a student’s GPA falls below 2.0 after completing courses with incomplete grades or registration in summer classes, the student will not be permitted to advance to the senior year.

**Students have 3 attempts to pass these courses with the letter grade of C or better, withdrawing from the course is considered an attempt. If a student does not earn the grade of C or higher after the third attempt, a student will be required to change their major.

Academic standards in Health Science senior year curriculum  

Completion of the major requires twenty nine upper division credits after achieving senior status. To be in good standing, students must maintain a 2.0 overall cumulative G.P.A., with a 2.5 minimum cumulative G.P.A. in the required professional courses.

  • If a student receives a grade of less than C in any HAN course, the course must be repeated.
  • Students must receive a C or higher in a minimum of four HAN core courses in order to advance to spring curriculum.
  • Students who repeat a course due to failure of, or withdrawal from, may need to follow a modified schedule resulting in a delay in the student’s expected graduation term.
  • It is with Learning Community principles in mind that the Health Science major structures its senior year curriculum. The Health Science model coordinates projects designed to promote student-to-student and faculty-to-student success by offering thematically linked classes comprised of a common cohort of students.

All projects include the use of technology (e.g., PowerPoint®), as well as written and oral presentations done in cohorts of approximately 10 students. Students are typically assigned to a different subset within each class, affording them additional opportunities to work with students from different ethnicities, religions, races, and geographic regions. Faculty utilizes learning community principles to assist students in developing accountability, self-initiated learning, problem-solving skills, and conflict resolution.