Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

BS in Health Sciences

The bachelor of science in health sciences curriculum reflects the different educational goals and breadth of needs of the students enrolled in the program. The bachelor of science in health sciences can also be a baccalaureate completion program for associate's degree allied health graduates. As health care shifts to outpatient and community settings, and more health promotion and health education, these graduates with their expanded professional role capability will be able to provide more effective care to the community. The curriculum includes completion of the USM core curriculum requirements, the health sciences core requirements, and one track of study: wellness, pre-professional, health care administration, or the occupational therapy "jumpstart" program.

Retention and Progression Requirements

While enrolled in Health Sciences, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. Where applicable, students receiving a grade lower than C- in a required course will not be allowed to sequence into post-requisite coursework until the prerequisite deficiency has been rectified.

Students with less than 60 accumulated credits will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students failing to rectify the GPA deficiency within a one-year probation period will be removed from their declared major and from their status as a student within the Department. Upon rectifying the GPA deficiency, students can reapply for admission into a Departmental major.

Graduation Requirements

Students will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences when the following are satisfied:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Completion of all University Core curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of all health sciences core required coursework with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Completion of coursework within one track of study with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Completion of 120 credit hours.
Degree Requirements

The bachelor of science in health sciences consists of 120 credit hours:  University Core Curriculum courses, Health Sciences required core courses, a Track of Study, and General Electives as needed to complete the120-credit minimum graduation requirement.

University Core Courses Cr (40-43)
     EYE (Entry-Year Experience) 3
     College Writing 3
     Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 120 or PSY 105) 3 - 4
     Science Exploration (PHY 101/102 or PHY 111/114) 4 - 5
     Creative Expression 3
     Cultural Interpretation 3
     Socio-cultural Analysis (HRD 200) 3
     Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship 3
     Thematic Cluster 3
     Thematic Cluster 3
     Thematic Cluster 3
     International 3
     Diversity 3
Health Sciences Required Core Courses Cr (36)
     PSY 101 General Psychology I 3
     PSY 102 General Psychology II 3
     BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
     BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys I 1.5
     BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
     BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys II 1.5
     CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry 3
           or CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences  
     CON 252 Human Nutrition 3
     CON 321 Health Related Research 3
     CON 356 Concepts of Community Health 3
           or SCI/SBS 336 Introduction to Public Health  
     SPM 100 Introduction to Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences 3
     SPM 230 Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport 3
     SPM 350 Health Promotion Programs 3

Track of Study (30 credits)

Students must complete one track of study as part of the health sciences major. Students who have a two-year Health-Related Associates Degree do not have to complete a track of study (i.e. 30 credits of the A.S. degree will be applied to the Track requirement) except for those interested in pursuing the Occupational Therapy Jumpstart track.

The wellness, pre-professional, and health care administration tracks present the option for a minor though the completion of a minor is not required.

Wellness Track (30 Credits)

Pre-Professional Track (30 credits)

Self-select 30 credits from the list below. Students wishing to pursue a Biology minor should consult with the Department of Biological Sciences. Students wishing to pursue a Biochemistry minor or a Chemistry minor should consult with the Chemistry Department.

     BIO 105 Biological Principles I: Cellular Bio
     BIO 106 Laboratory Biology
     BIO 201 Genetics
     BIO 205 Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy
     BIO 281 Microbiology and Human Disease
     BIO 282 Microbiology and Human Disease Lab
     BIO 305 Developmental Biology
     BIO 306 Developmental Biology Laboratory
     BIO 321 Neurobiology
     BIO 322 Neurobiology Lab
     BIO 345 Pathophysiology
     BIO 401 Animal Physiology
     BIO 402 Animal Physiology Lab
     BIO 403 Comparative Animal Physiology
     BIO 404 Comparative Animal Physiology Lab
     BIO 408 Experimental Genetics
     BIO 409 Cell and Molecular Biology
     BIO 410 Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
     BIO 431 Principles of Immunology
     CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I
     CHY 114 Laboratory Techniques I
     CHY 115 Principles of Chemistry II
     CHY 116 Laboratory Techniques II
     CHY 233 Analytical Chemistry with Lab
     CHY 251 Organic Chemistry I
     CHY 252 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
     CHY 253 Organic Chemistry II
     CHY 254 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
     CHY 351 Advanced Organic Chemistry
     CHY 371 Quantum Chemistry
     CHY 373 Chemical Thermodynamics
     CHY 374 Chemical Thermodynamics Laboratory
     CHY 421 Inorganic Chemistry
     CHY 461 Biochemistry
     CHY 462 Biochemistry Laboratory
     CHY 463 Biochemistry II
     CHY 464 Biochemistry Laboratory II
     PHY 121 General Physics I
     PHY 123 General Physics II
     MAT 140 Pre Calculus Mathematics
     MAT 152 Calculus A
     MAT 220 Statistics for the Biological Sciences

Health Care Administration Track (30 credits)

Self-select 30 credits from the list(s) below. Students wishing to pursue a Business Administration minor should consult with the School of Business.

     Business Administration Courses - Choose 21 credits from the following:
     ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making
     ACC 211 Managerial Accounting Information for Decision Making
     BUS 101 Getting Down to Business
     BUS 201 Personal Finance
     BUS 200 Introduction to Business
     BUS 260 Marketing
     BUS 280 Legal Environment of Business
     BUS 340 Managing Organizational Behavior
     BUS 345 Information Technology/Management Information Systems
     ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
     ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
     RMI 320 Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance

     Choose 9 credits from the following:
     ITS 300 Ergonomics/Time Study
     ITS 320 Occupational Safety and Health
     ITS 321 Workplace Design Ergonomics
     ITP 210 Technical Writing
     ITP 230 Project Management
     ITP 350 Team Building and Facilitation
     ITP 381 Human Resource Development in Industry
     ITP 490 Cost Analysis and Control
     MPH 425 American Health System
     SBS/SCI 336 Introduction to Public Health  

Occupational Therapy "Jumpstart" Track (30 credits)

This track is for students interested in pursuing USM's Masters in Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. Entrance into this program is competitive and includes the completion of a formal application process. For more information about USM's MOT please contact the Coordinator of Graduate programs at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.

Note: courses listed below represent the student's last year of study in the Health Sciences major and first year of study in the MOT, and can only be taken by students who have been formally accepted into USM's MOT program.

     OTH 501 OT Foundations
     OTH 502 Introduction to OT
     OTH 503 Reflective Practitioner
     OTH 513 Applied Concepts of Movement
     OTH 514 Human Anatomy
     OTH 504 Applied Research
     OTH 505 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Performance
     OTH 507 Ethics and Social Justice
     OTH 509 MH Level I Fieldwork
     OTH 517 Occupational Well-Being

General Electives

Consult with your advisor to determine if general electives are needed to complete the 120-credit minimum graduation requirement.

In addition to the requirements established for admission to the University, the Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences requires applicants to have successfully completed high school chemistry and biology with labs.

Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in health sciences through the change of major process, must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so.

Students cannot double major within department offerings.

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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