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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 University 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 University Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog from the dropdown.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 the 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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For new, future or experienced healthcare workers whose English is a second language, our 100% online English for Healthcare course combines strong grammar and communication skills development with the specialist vocabulary you need to succeed in your healthcare career. Successful completion of the course allows you to apply a portion of the tuition towards a healthcare degree at Utica University. Learn More.

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