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Introduction

The Undergraduate Studies department of the School of Health Sciences offers Bachelor's degree programs in Psychology, Biology and Health Sciences, as well as all prerequisite coursework for those who are interested in pursuing a degree in one of the School of Health Sciences' professional programs.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The primary focus of the major in biology is to introduce students to both basic and advanced concepts in biology at the undergraduate level. The Biology program aims to combine the humanistic and scientific aspects of biology. The biology major is designed for students (1) who desire to study and understand human biology, (2) who want a career in the biological sciences, (3) who are preparing for entry into the health professions, or (4) who want to engage in more advanced research in the biological sciences at the graduate level.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The primary focus of the major in Psychology is to introduce students to both basic and advanced concepts in psychology at the undergraduate level. The Psychology program emphasizes both general and specialized aspects of psychology. The psychology major is designed for students (1) who desire to study and understand human behavior, (2) who want to enter psychology as a profession, or (3) who regard psychology as liberal arts preparation for further training in other careers.

The program seeks to develop competent individuals with a broad grounding in current scientific knowledge and exposure to multiple areas of scientific inquiry. Bachelor of Arts graduates can pursue graduate education in diverse areas, from Mental Health and Public Health to Business and Education.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The primary focus of the major in Health Sciences is to introduce students to the health sciences field, the health care system, and various opportunities available within the allied health field. The health sciences major is designed for students (1) who wish to pursue positions in the health care sector as health care administrators, pharmaceutical and hospital sales representatives, specialists in insurance companies, research assistants, etc., (2) who need an undergraduate degree for entry into a professional degree program, or (3) who desire a general degree in the health field and/or professional health interest.

Progression to Upper-Division Professional Programs

Undergraduate Studies offers all coursework necessary to meet the requirements for admission to the School of Health Sciences' upper-division professional programs in Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), and Physician Assistant (PA). The curricula provide students with a strong didactic and laboratory background in science along with a broad foundation in the Liberal Arts. Qualified Undergraduate Studies students can receive Preferred Admission to these professional programs.