Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


Our health science courses in the 100% online B.S.H.S degree program provide the knowledge needed to either advance your health sciences career or pursue graduate study.

Coursework consists of 34-55 core credits, 63 major course requirement credits, 9 elective credits, and 15-21 credits for the required minor.

The flexibility of the program, including the required minor, allows you to tailor the degree to be exactly what you need. Those interested in nursing can choose a special track that allows them to switch to nursing after two years. Dual degree programs in Health Sciences Physical Therapy and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy are also an option.

Our generous transfer credit policy ensures that you can focus on your health science courses and receive credit for work you've already completed. Utica College maintains articulation agreements with a number of community colleges, making it easier for students who complete their associate degree to transfer to UC to complete their bachelor's and graduate degrees.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Major Course Requirements Total Hours:

BIO 131 Online Anatomy and Physiology ICredit Hours: 4

This course is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology including basic body terminology, biological chemistry, cellular structure and function, tissues structure and function, and structure and function of organ systems including skin, bone, skeletal muscle and nervous system.

BIO 132 Online Anatomy and Physiology IICredit Hours: 4

This course is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology including basic body terminology, structure and function of organ systems including endocrine, reproductive, renal, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and lymphatic system.

Prerequisite(s); if any: BIO 131 or BIO 101.

CHE 118 Chemistry for Nursing ProfessionalsCredit Hours: 4

This course is designed to provide the chemical background and biochemical context needed to move forward in the study of the human body and the nursing profession.

ANT 415 Cultures, Health, and HealingCredit Hours: 3

Examine the effects of culture when it comes to health and beliefs. You'll also explore practices related to illness and healing.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 or SOC 151 or permission of instructor

BIO 105 Fundamentals of BiologyCredit Hours: 4

An overview of the most important concepts in biology with an emphasis on concepts that are fundamental to learning biology in more advanced coursework and an understanding of how biology affects our everyday lives.

BIO 214 Biology of AgingCredit Hours: 3

Study of the effects that age related and age associated cellular and organismic changes have on the human aging process. Open to all majors, but may not count as a major elective for biology majors.

HLS 103 Introduction to Health and Health Related Professions Credit Hours: 3

Orientation to health care professions, including history and philosophy, ethics, development of health care terms, professionalism, and professional organizations, communication, patient rights, practice arenas, and wellness concepts.

HLS 245 Human Development Across the LifespanCredit Hours: 3

Study of normal sequences of neuromuscular, perceptual, socio-cultural development, and their relationship to behavior from infancy through old age. Recognition of development and life tasks in developmental continuum. Students may not also take PSY 223  for credit.

HLS 301 Introduction to Healthcare Advocacy and NavigationCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to the field of healthcare advocacy and navigation. Overview of the healthcare system, health care professional-patient relationship, alternative treatment options, medical records, consumer safety, advocacy ethics, and interpersonal skills with healthcare consumers.

HLS 309 Medical Conditions and ImplicationsCredit Hours: 3

Medical conditions across the lifespan. Implications for function, medical management, and precaution for safety in practice. Completion of PSY 223 or HLS 245 prior to enrollment strongly recommended.

Prerequisites: BIO 102.

HLS 313 Physical Health and WellnessCredit Hours: 3

Overview of cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, and body composition. Analysis and prescription of personal fitness, goals, and lifestyles. Includes special and at-risk population exercise prescriptions and how to perform health assessments.

HLS 401 Senior SeminarCredit Hours: 3

Critical analysis of current health science topics, integrating previous learning, culminating in a capstone project.

HLS 445 Clinical ResearchCredit Hours: 3

Research methods employed in clinical settings. Quantitative and qualitative methods; research designs related to clinical situations.

Prerequisites: MAT 112 or PSY 211/SOC 211; junior/senior standing.

IPE 102 Introduction to Interprofessional EducationCredit Hours: 1

This introductory course is for students as they enter their health-related majors and are beginning to form their identities as future healthcare professionals. This course will explore the interprofessional education collaborative core competencies of values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, communication, team, and teamwork. This course is mandatory for freshman and sophomore students admitted to health studies, occupational therapy and health studies, physical therapy majors and an appropriate elective course for students interested in nursing and other healthcare fields.

MAT 112 Basic StatisticsCredit Hours: 3

Explore statistical competencies as a non-mathematics major. You'll explore probability theory topics, binomial distribution, normal distribution, descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, and hypothesis testing. Additionally, you'll learn about confidence intervals, correlation, and prediction.

Prerequisites: MAT 100, or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by mathematics department, or permission of instructor

Students may not also take PSY 211, ECN 241, or SOC 211 for credit toward Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning

MGT 103 Introduction to the Business of HealthcareCredit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the health care industry, an awareness of the many career opportunities available in the field of health care management, and a working knowledge of basic managerial skills as applied in health care settings. Students will interact with current managers employed in both direct and indirect healthcare settings. They also will learn to apply fundamental accounting, marketing, human resource, finance and leadership skills to address a variety of managerial problems.

PHI 107 EthicsCredit Hours: 3

Take a critical and historical look at the major ethical theories from the period of Plato up to today. Analyze the problems present in the construction of ethical theories, the nature of moral judgment, and moral evaluation.

PSY 101 Introduction to PsychologyCredit Hours: 3

Explore the various fields of psychology including human development, learning and memory, and sensation and perception. You'll also examine psychopathology and psychotherapy, physiology and behavior, social psychology, psychological testing, motivation, and emotion.

PSY 237 Group Dynamics – Introduction to Group Development and Group ProcessesCredit Hours: 3

Study of the development of, and interaction within, groups with special emphasis on small, task-oriented groups.

SOC 151 Introduction to SociologyCredit Hours: 3

Explore sociological concepts in United States society to gain an understanding of topics including social class, race, ethnicity, sex, age, family, education, and religion. You'll also examine sub-cultures, polity, economy, deviance, urban life, collective behavior, population, bureaucracy, social groups, and social change.

UCC 101 First Year SeminarCredit Hours: 1

Introduction to college life and work. Academic skills development, values clarification, critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, conflict management, and cultural diversity.

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