Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Total Semester Credit Hours = 120

The mission of the B.S. Degree Program in Health Studies is to prepare students for professional careers or advanced studies in health-related fields. This program provides graduates with an understanding of a wide range of health-related topics, including: diseases and their causes, distributions, risk factors and prevention; the system of health care delivery in the U.S.; and health promotion and health education in the broadest sense. This program may be used (a) to prepare for or to advance careers related to health care and health promotion in various public and private, clinical and non-clinical settings; (b) to prepare for graduate or professional studies in areas such as public health, physical therapy, clinical exercise physiology, and medicine; or (c) to prepare for Texas State certification to teach health at all levels from Early Childhood to Grade 12 .

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  1. University Core (44 hours)

    The student pursuing teacher certification should take SPCM 1315 Fundamentals of Speech Communication to meet the humanities requirement. For others, PHIL 1301: Introduction to Philosophy is recommended.

    CHEM 1311/1111: General Chemistry I/Laboratory and

    CHEM 1312/1112: General Chemistry II/Laboratory are recommended for meeting the natural sciences requirement of the University core curriculum.

  2. Departmental Lower-Division Requirements (12 hours)

    ALHS 1300/1100: Personal and Community Wellness/Laboratory

    BIOL 2301/2101: Anatomy and Physiology I/Laboratory

    BIOL 2302/2102: Anatomy and Physiology II/Laboratory

  3. Required Upper-Division Health Studies Courses (45 hours)

    ALHS 3301: Environmental Health

    ALHS 3302: Human Diseases

    ALHS 3315: Nutrition in Health and Performance

    ALHS 3350: Health Biometry

    ALHS 3352: Consumer Health

    ALHS 3360: Principles of Community and Public Health

    ALHS 3362: Behavioral Health

    ALHS 4304: Analysis of Needs, Processes and Outcomes in Health

    ALHS 4306: The Health Care Delivery System

    ALHS 4320: Principles of Epidemiology

    ALHS 4324: Drugs and Health

    ALHS 4326: Sexual Health

    ALHS 4333: Stress Management

    HECC 4308: Ethics

    HECC 4370: Internship

4. Prescribed Electives (19 hours)

a. Three hours of Communication courses from the following: SPCM 3321, 3325, 4326, or 4329

b. Four hours of Kinesiology courses from the following: KINE 3311/3112; KINE 3331/3132; or KINE 3334/3135:

c. Twelve hours of electives with approval of advisor

Teacher Certification

All students wishing to be certified to teach health (EC-12) in Texas public schools must complete the Academic Foundations, Professional Development, and required content courses and meet the requirements described in the Certification section of the College of Education and Psychology section of this catalog. For further information see a consultant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. For complete degree requirements please visit our website at: