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.
Change of Major
Students enrolled in other USM programs of study desiring to enroll in the Health Science major through the change of major process must have a 2.50 USM GPA to do so.
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.
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.
The bachelor of science in health sciences consists of 120 credit hours: University Core Courses, Health Sciences Required Core Courses, a Track of Study, and General Electives if needed to complete the120-credit minimum graduation requirement.
|University Core Courses||Cr (40-43)|
|EYE (entry-year experience)||3|
|College Writing||3 or 4|
|Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 120 or PSY 105)||3 or 4|
|Science Exploration (PHY 101/102 or PHY 111/114)||4 or 5|
|Socio-cultural Analysis (HRD 200)||3|
|Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship||3|
|Capstone (credits included in Health Sciences Required Core Courses)||(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 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIO 212 Practical Human Anatomy and Phys II||1.5|
|CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry||3|
|PHY 101, 102 Introduction to Physics and Lab||(4-5)|
|or PHY 111, 114 Elements of Physics I and Lab (credits included in Core Science Exploration requirement)|
|MAT 120 Intro to Statistics||(3 or 4)|
|or PSY 105 Stats in Psychology (credits included in Core Quantitative Reasoning requirement)|
|HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development (credits included in Socio-cultural Analysis Core requirement)||(3)|
|CON 321 Health Related Research or||3|
|CON 252 Human Nutrition||3|
CON 356 Concepts of Community Health or MPH 400 Introdution 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. Student 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 107 Biological Principles II: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
BIO 109 Biological Principles III: Functional Bio
BIO 201 Genetics
BIO 205 Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy
BIO 281 Microbiology and Human Disease
BIO 282 Microbiology and Human Disease Lab
BIO 321 Neurobiology
BIO 322 Neurobiology Lab
BIO 345 Pathophysiology
BIO 401 General Physiology
BIO 402 General 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 114 Laboratory Techniques I
CHY 115 Principles of Chemistry II
CHY 116 Laboratory Techniques II
CHY 231 Analytical Chemistry
CHY 232 Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHY 251 Organic Chemistry I
CHY 252 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHY 253 Organic Chemistry II
CHY 254 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHY 371 Physical Chemistry
CHY 372 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHY 373 Physical Chemistry II
CHY 421 Inorganic Chemistry
CHY 461 Biochemistry
CHY 462 Biochemistry Laboratory
CHY 463 Biochemistry II
PHY 112 Elements of Physics II
PHY 116 Introductory Physics Lab 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. Student wishing to pursue a Business Administration minor should consult with the School of Business.
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
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 400 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 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
Consult with your advisor to determine if general electives are needed to complete the120-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.