Health Science


About the bachelor of health science degree

Job growth in the healthcare sector is booming, and professionals are in demand nationwide and throughout Pennsylvania. Build your future in this vital field with a B.S. in Health Science at Cal U.

When you choose the health science major, you position yourself to pursue a healthcare career or continue with graduate-level education. The four-year, on-campus program instills knowledge of general and health-related sciences, and it introduces you to a variety of career pathways within the healthcare field.

In addition to classroom study, you’ll gain hands-on experience in the Applied Health Science Lab and complete a senior capstone course focused on your particular interests and career plans.

Students in related majors may choose to add the 18-credit minor in health science to their course of study.

What is health science?

This applied science discipline includes the study of human health, and the application of that knowledge to improve health and treat disease. Cal U’s bachelor of health science program combines traditional science courses with specialized courses in multicultural healthcare, special populations and complementary medicine.

The program prepares you to pursue the post-graduate education required for a career in athletic training, physical therapy and occupational therapy, or to work as a health coach, healthcare administrator or other allied healthcare professional.

Program Highlights: Health Science

Experienced faculty: Professors in Cal U’s health science bachelor’s degree program have a wealth of clinical experience in a variety of fields. You’ll study with experts in fields such as athletic training, gerontology, physical therapy, emergency medical services, kinesiology and exercise physiology.

Apply your learning: Hands-on activity in the Applied Health Science Lab complements some courses in the on-campus B.S. in Health Science program. You’ll build career-focused skills and gain confidence as you learn to conduct biomechanical evaluations or health and fitness tests, conduct experiments or tackle special projects.

Student outcomes: Cal U’s career-focused health science degree covers topics such as required education and licensing laws for various healthcare professions; basic medical terminology and its uses; and common diseases and health disparities, including how they can be offset by physical activity and proper nutrition. It also prepares you academically for graduate-level programs in fields related to allied health or health science.

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Degree Benefits

Students in Cal U’s health science major learn in small classes, so they receive personal attention from faculty with real-world clinical expertise. Program alumni are employed around the world, and students often are placed with them for clinical experiences. The senior capstone course allows students to realize their personal potential by focusing on a field they intend to pursue as a career. Students in related majors can enhance their knowledge by completing the 18-credit health science minor.

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Graduate Outcomes

Successful students gain the foundation of scientific knowledge essential for advanced studies in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy or occupational therapy, where post-graduate education is required to achieve licensure. Cal U’s health science program also provides diverse experiences with special populations, giving graduates a competitive advantage when they seek employment.

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Career Outlook

The demand for healthcare professionals is growing rapidly, and job growth is anticipated to remain strong, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for health services is increasing as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age; at the same time, large numbers of clinical workers are retiring.

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What can you do with a health science degree?

The bachelor’s in health science is versatile, and Cal U’s program prepares you for the future you envision. For example, healthcare professionals such as athletic trainers, physical therapists and occupational therapists must complete graduate-level studies in order to be licensed; Cal U’s B.S. in Health Science is the first step on the path to these careers. A passion for healthcare and a health science degree also can lead to employment in non-clinical positions such as healthcare administrator, pharmaceutical sales representative or community health educator.

Health Science Degree Courses


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
BIO 117  Introduction to Human Biology 3
HSC 101  Foundations of Health Science 2
HSC 110  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HSC 115  Current Health Issues 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Second Semester 17
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
CDC 101  Oral Communication 3
ENG 101  Composition I 3
HSC 120  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
GTY 100  Introduction to Gerontology 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
HSC 275  Functional Kinesiology 3
HSC 225  Medical Terminology 2
HSC 250  Nutrition for Health/Wellness 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
Fourth Semester 16
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
GTY 200  Aging in American Society 3
MAT 205  Stats for Health Science 3
General Education Courses 6
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 13
GTY 305  Biology of Aging 3
HSC 210  Culturally Competent Community Health 3
PHY 121  General Physics 4
Free Elective  3
Sixth Semester 16
HSC 310  Special Populations and Pathology of Disease 3
HSC 325  Physiology of Exercise 3
PHY 122  General Physics II 4
General Education Courses 6
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 12
PHI 307  Medical Ethics  3
Free Electives 9
Eighth Semester 12
HSC 360  Holistic Medicine and Healthcare 2
HSC 425  Health Science Capstone 4
Free Electives 9
Total 120

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Health Science Faculty

Kelli Alexander
Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Technology

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Dr. Shelly Fetchen DiCesaro
Associate Professor, Athletic Training Program Coordinator

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Dr. Jodi Dusi
Professor and Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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Lisa Finnegan
Program Director, Radiologic Technology

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Jeff Giovannucci
Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator

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Dr. Scott Hargraves
Associate Professor

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Dr. Chris T. Harman

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Aimee Maruniak
Assistant Professor and PTA approved Coordinator of Clinical Education

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Larry Pollock

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Dr. Ayanna Walker
Associate Professor

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Dr. Jamie Weary
Associate Professor

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