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. 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:
- 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 credits.
The bachelor of science in health sciences consists of 120 credit hours: University Core Curriculum courses, Health Sciences major required core courses, a Track of Study, and approved electives if needed to complete the 120-minimum credit requirement.
|University Core Courses||Cr (40-43)|
|EYE (Entry-Year Experience)||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 120 or PSY 201)||3 - 4|
|Science Exploration (PHY 101/102 or PHY 111/114)||4 - 5|
|Socio-cultural Analysis (HRD 200)||3|
|Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship||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 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences||3|
|or CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry|
|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 (required for majors with 30 credits or less)||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 Department of Chemistry.
BIO 105 Biological Principles I: Cellular Biology
BIO 106 Laboratory Biology
BIO 201 Genetics
BIO 205 Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy
BIO 281 Microbiology for Health Sciences
BIO 282 Microbiological Laboratory
BIO 305 Developmental Biology
BIO 306 Developmental Biology Laboratory
BIO 321 Neurobiology
BIO 322 Neurobiology Laboratory
BIO 345 Pathophysiology
BIO 401 Animal Physiology
BIO 402 Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 403 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 404 Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 408 Experimental Genetics
BIO 409 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 410 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
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 Laboratory
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 I
CHY 462 Biochemistry Laboratory I
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)
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 200 Introduction to Business
BUS 201 Personal Finance
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 Leadership, Team Building and Facilitation
ITP 381 Human Resource Development
ITP 490 Cost Analysis and Control
MPH 425 American Health Systems
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). 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 Occupation
OTH 503 Reflective Practitioner
OTH 504 Research and Evidence Based Practice I
OTH 505 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Performance
OTH 507 Ethics and Occupational Justice
OTH 509 Level I Fieldwork - Mental Health
OTH 513 Applied Concepts of Movement: Lecture
OTH 514 Human Anatomy: Structure and Function
OTH 517 Occupational Well-Being
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.
Students cannot double major within department offerings.