May 25, 2024  
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1 
2023-2025 Catalog Volume XXXI Ver 1

Health Science, BS


The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program is to provide a comprehensive health science education to undergraduate students. As a pre-professional program, the program is designed to provide the foundational degree for those wishing to pursue graduate education in the pure or applied health sciences or in the health professions. The Pre-Physical Therapy option is designed to provide the foundational courses for students wishing to pursue admittance to a Physical Therapy program. The Pre-Physician Assistant option is designed to provide the foundational courses for students wishing to pursue admittance to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. For those students who do not go on to graduate study, opportunities exist for positions in the biological, life, or health sciences.

The program curriculum provides a comprehensive undergraduate educational foundation through course offerings in the arts and sciences, with a focus on the health sciences. Course offerings are designed to fulfill prerequisites for admission into graduate programs in the pure and applied health sciences and the health professions, as well as for entry level careers in the health sciences. Only courses in which a “C” or better is earned will count toward graduation requirements.

Graduates will have a variety of choices for future education or careers in keeping with the goals of the program.

  1. The program seeks to assist and support students in developing and carrying out an education and career plan based on an understanding of the demanding requirements for health science education and for a successful career in the health sciences or health professions.
  2. The program seeks to provide students with the academic knowledge, skills and tools to enable them to be successful in graduate program studies.
  3. The program seeks to prepare students to meet expectations for self-directed and lifelong learning and ongoing self-assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcome #1

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of key science principles related to required courses.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of identified basic science course objectives learned in core science courses.

Student Learning Outcome #2

  • Students will be able to synthesize, integrate, and analyze research in health science literature in selected science courses.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcome # 3

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the trans-disciplinary workplace and issues in health care fields and environment.

It is important to remember that completion of any undergraduate program does not guarantee successful admission into or completion of professional and scientific graduate degree programs.

Admission to graduate degree programs is competitive and typically based upon a combination of requirements that includes cumulative grade point average, program-specific admission tests, letters of recommendation and, in some cases, related experience outside the classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the graduate degree program for current information regarding requirements and application deadlines.

Admission Requirements

General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Health Science. Applicants interested in this program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students declaring Health Science as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program: 

  1. Satisfactorily complete 60 hours of coursework at South College required for the program, with 40 of these hours coming from the required core curriculum.