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.
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|BIO1011||General Biology - Cellular||4.5|
|BIO1015||General Biology Laboratory - Cellular||2.25|
|BIO1022||General Biology - Organismal||4.5|
|BIO1025||General Biology Laboratory - Organismal||2.25|
|BIO2021||Functional Human Anatomy||4.5|
|BIO2025||Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory||2.25|
|BIO2045||Human Physiology Laboratory||2.25|
|CHM1000||Foundations in Chemistry||4.5|
|CHM1005||Foundations in Chemistry Laboratory||2.25|
|CULN2414||Cooking for Health and Wellness||3|
|HSC1010||Introduction to Health Professions||1.5|
|HSC1110||Determinants of Health I||4.5|
|HSC1120||Determinants of Health II||4.5|
|HSC1230||Introduction to Public Health||4.5|
|HSC4900||Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone||4.5|
|RSCH2050||Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills||4.5|
|Choose 29.25-30 credits from the following: *||29.25-30|
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
|How Drugs Work|
|Sociology of Aging|
Choose 4.5 credits from Major Electives †
|Related Professional Studies|
|A&S Core Experience|
|Communications Foundation Courses||13.5|
|Advanced Composition and Communication|
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|
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
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 university||22.5|
Students selecting to focus in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant should consult with their faculty advisor prior to registration.
# 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.
Credits† 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
|CHW4799||College of Health & Wellness Internship||4.5-13.5|
|HSC2230||Introduction to Global Health||4.5|
|HSC3200||Health Education and Program Planning||4.5|
|HSC3300||Comparative Healthcare Systems||4.5|
|HSC4100||Health Policy, Ethics and the Law||4.5|
|SCI1015||Introduction to Life Science||4.5|
|SCI3500||How Drugs Work||4.5|
|MGMT1001||Contemporary Business Management I||4.5|
|MGMT2001||Human Resource Management||4.5|
|CSLG2030||Counseling Theories and Techniques||4.5|
|PSYC2040||Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior||4.5|
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.