Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Rindge, New Hampshire
The hands-on Health Sciences major prepares you for many careers, and pre-professional paths including medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy. Professors will work with you to prepare for graduate school or direct entry into a career. Join the Health Sciences Club for additional exposure to hospitals and graduate programs.Apply to This Program Now
About the Program
If you have an interest in healthcare or wellness and are looking for a high-paying job in a growing field, a degree in Health Sciences may be perfect for you. Your degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in medicine and allied health fields, including clinical practice, management, research, science writing and healthcare advocacy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018, 11 of 20 of the fastest growing careers are in the healthcare field.
What Can my Health Science major lead?
The Franklin Pierce Health Sciences program offers several pathway options for health science students, including:
- The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Direct Admit Program enables students to complete studies through the doctorate level in just 6.5 years.
- The Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) Direct Admit Program enables students to complete studies through the master’s level in just 6 years.
- The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (M.E.P.N.) Direct Admit Program enables students to earn a bachelors in a non-nursing health science field and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing in just 5.5 years.
- St. George University (SGU) program offers a pathway from undergraduate study in Biology or Health Sciences at Franklin Pierce into the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) program at SGU. Upon completion of the 4 year bachelor’s degree, students progress into a 4 year doctoral program at SGU.
What do Health Science students Learn?
With your major in Health Sciences, you master core concepts involving ethics and scientific analysis, develop a deeper functional understanding of human anatomy, plan and execute research projects using scientific methods and best practices in lab and field techniques.
General Four Year Health Science Curriculum
This Health Science program can be condensed to a three year program, please connect with admission for details.
If you have a graduate career path of Doctor of Physical Therapy, Masters of Physicians Assistant, or Masters Entry Program of Nursing in mind you will see those recommended courses with the designations of DPT, MPAS, MEPN
- Biology I (BI101) 4 credits
- Biology II (BI102) 4 credits
- First Year Inquiry Seminar (GLE101) 3 credits
- First Year Composition I (GLE110) 3 credits
- (16 elective credits of your choosing – strongly suggest Statistics, Intro to Psychology and Into to Public Health)
- Chemistry I (CH101) 4 credits
- Chemistry II (CH102) 4 credits
- Anatomy and Physiology I (BI 260) 4 credits
- Anatomy and Physiology II (BI 261) 4 credits
- Biology and Health Science Seminar (BI125) 3 credits
- Human Health and Nutrition (BI125) 3 credits
- Second Year Composition II (GLE230) 3 credits
- (5 elective credits of your choosing – strongly suggest Ethical Reasoning)
- Kinesiology or Exercise Physiology (BI400 or BI402) 4 credits
- Medical terminology (BI370) 3 credits
- DPT – Physics I (PH101) 4 credits
- DPT – Physics II (PH102) 4 credits
- MPAS – Microbiology (BI325) 4 credits
- MPAS – Organic Chem I (CH211) 4 credits
- MPAS – Organic Chem II (CH212) 4 credits
- MEPN – Microbiology (BI325) 4 credits
- MEPN – Human Growth and Development (PS234) 3 credits
- (11-16 elective credits of your choosing – strongly suggest Public Speaking)
- Internship or Senior Seminar or Invited Research (BI 460, 480, 481) 3 credits
- (27 elective credits of your choosing)
The following are strongly suggested elective courses for the following career paths:
- DPT – Kinesiology or Exercise Physiology (BI400 or BI402) 4 credits
- DPT – Strength and Conditioning (BI403) 4 credits
- DPT – Assessment and Prescription of Fitness (BI404) 4 credits
- MPAS – Genetics (BI215) 4 credits
- MPAS – Cellular Biology (BI319) 4 credits
- MPAS – Immunology (BI327) 3 credits
- MPAS – Biochemistry (CH321) 4 credits
- MEPN – Epidemiology (HCA315) 3 credits
- MEPN – Into to Holistic Health (NR200) 3 credits
- MEPN – Healthcare Ethics Policy and Law (HCA360)3 credits
Who should Study Health Science?
Students with these qualities and interests excel in the program of Health Science:
- Team Player
- Scientific inquiry
- Human movement
- Medical advancements