Health Science - BS

The Health Science bachelor's degree program prepares graduates for entry-level health-profession careers in such areas as health science, health promotion, public health, and health and policy administration. Additionally, it prepares graduates seeking post-baccalaureate entry into graduate programs such as physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, counseling, general MBA and health informatics.

The curriculum is based on a strong foundation in the basic sciences along with the core public health subject areas. Content in the areas of health and wellness are emphasized. An interdisciplinary team of educators provides a holistic exposure to nutrition, exercise science, psychology, sociology, public health and economics, and their importance to patient-centered, humanistic healthcare delivery.

The Health Science degree emphasizes the application and synthesis of knowledge and develops graduates who are the problem solvers and critical thinkers of tomorrow.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply fundamental biologic, socio-economic, behavioral, ethical, cultural and spiritual principles to the practice of health and wellness.
  • Synthesize foundational knowledge and the results of inquiry and research.
  • Effectively communicate health and wellness principles to diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect inherent to humanism within health and wellness domains.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a health and wellness team to improve individual and community outcomes.

The Health Science or pre-professional pathway contains specific physical science courses in biology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry. In consultation with their advisor, students choose additional courses that will prepare the student for their individual career goals. Students in health science are prepared for jobs in medicine and research or for applying to graduate and professional schools in a number of areas.

Health Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
BIO1011General Biology - Cellular4.5
BIO1015General Biology Laboratory - Cellular2.25
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal4.5
BIO1025General Biology Laboratory - Organismal2.25
BIO2021Functional Human Anatomy4.5
BIO2025Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory2.25
BIO2041Human Physiology4.5
BIO2045Human Physiology Laboratory2.25
CHM1000Foundations in Chemistry4.5
CHM1005Foundations in Chemistry Laboratory2.25
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1.5
HSC1110Determinants of Health I4.5
HSC1120Determinants of Health II4.5
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health4.5
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
Major Electives
Choose 29.25-30 credits from the following: *29.25-30
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Biochemistry Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
How Drugs Work
Sociology I
Sociology of Aging
Major Elective†
Choose 4.5 credits from Major Electives
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Precalculus (or higher, based on student's placement) **
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university22.5
Total Credits181.0-181.75

Students selecting to focus in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant should consult with their faculty advisor prior to registration.


Students that do not place in MATH1030 Precalculus will need to take an extra course, MATH1020 Fundamentals of Algebra, as prerequisite.  If needed this will count as an A&S elective.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to 3 graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are not offered Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

† Major Electives for Health Science Majors
(Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites. Courses already required in a student’s program cannot be selected to fulfill the major elective. )
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHW4799College of Health & Wellness Internship4.5-13.5
HSC2230Introduction to Global Health4.5
HSC3200Health Education and Program Planning4.5
HSC3300Comparative Healthcare Systems4.5
HSC4100Health Policy, Ethics and the Law4.5
SCI1015Introduction to Life Science4.5
SCI2020Exercise Physiology4.5
SCI3500How Drugs Work4.5
ACCT1210Financial Accounting4.5
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting4.5
MGMT1001Contemporary Business Management I4.5
MGMT2001Human Resource Management4.5
CSLG2030Counseling Theories and Techniques4.5
PSYC2040Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior4.5
PSYC2100Health Psychology4.5

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication .

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, minor, Arts & Science, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.