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.

For a suggested four-year course of study please visit the department webpage at:

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies, the student must:

  1. earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses used to meet degree requirements,
  2. complete the general baccalaureate degree requirements for the university,
  3. complete the Health Studies curriculum requirements specified in the following sections,
  4. take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

The CHES examination is offered twice each year, in April and October. Students expecting to complete their coursework for a health studies degree in May or August should take the CHES exam in April and those expecting to complete their coursework in December should take the CHES exam in October. Detailed information about the CHES exam content, exam schedule and registration for the exam is available through the Office of the Department of Health and Kinesiology.


  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.

  2. Departmental Lower-Division Requirements (11 hours)

    ALHS 1300: Personal and Community Wellness
    BIOL 2301/2101: Anatomy and Physiology I/Laboratory
    BIOL 2302/2102: Anatomy and Physiology II/Laboratory

  3. Health Studies Core Courses (33 hours)

    ALHS 3302: Human Diseases
    ALHS 3315: Nutrition in Health and Performance
    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 4326: Sexual Health
    HECC 4308: Ethics
    HECC 4333: Tests and Measurements
    HECC 4370: Internship

  4. Community/Health Education Track Required Courses (32 hours)

    ALHS 3301: Environmental Health
    ALHS 4335: Global Health

    1. Three hours of Communication selected from the following: SPCM 3322, SPCM 3325, SPCM 4326 or SPCM 4331
    2. Three hours selected from the following: ENGL 3376, MCOM 2311, MCOM 3303
    3. Four hours of Kinesiology courses from the following: KINE 3311/3112; KINE 3331/3132; or KINE 3334/3135
    4. Sixteen hours of prescribed 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: