Please consult your 2014-2015 Student Handbook for the applicable curriculum and program policies. Please note that courses and policies are subject to change throughout the academic year. Check with the Office of Student Services at the School of Nursing and Health Studies for current materials.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Baccalaureate education provides the foundation for further education in specialized health professional fields. Pre-professional tracks include Pre-physical Therapy, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-forensics, Health Science Management and Policy, and Health Science General. Students can also choose a plan of study that will allow them to complete their pre-medicine requirements.

ACADEMIC POLICIES

Admission:
In accepting students into the Health Science program, the University does not in any way assure admittance into any professional graduate programs. Admission to any of these programs is dependent upon academic performance in the undergraduate course-work and is determined independently by the school or program to which the student applies.

Entering freshmen in the 75th percentile have mid-range SAT and ACT scores of 1410 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.33.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS

The Health Science degree requires courses in biology, chemistry, physics (where required by the track) and health science with a minimum grade of C- in each course. Students must satisfy both the general education requirements listed below and the requirements of a specific track, to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree. Students must maintain at least a 2.8 GPA in the courses listed under the track requirements with no grade below a C-.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The School of Nursing and Health Studies will award a Bachelor of Science in Health Science once a student has completed the requirements listed below.

The Health Science Program offers curricula that are designed to prepare students for health professional or graduate education programs. Programs of study can be tailored for students wishing a variety of health professional options. Students are encouraged to contact graduate programs directly to ascertain if there are specific course requirements that might differ from health science track requirements. Any course requirements may be added to a student’s undergraduate curriculum track.

No minor is offered in Health Science. Health Science students may not minor in biology.

AREAS OF PROFICIENCY

The Areas of Proficiency requirements ensure that students either already possess, or develop at the University, the ability to express themselves effectively, to use mathematics with facility, and to reason cogently.

English Composition
Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing ENG105 and ENG106, or the equivalent. Appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores in English composition may be used to satisfy this requirement. An appropriate score on the SAT or ACT verbal examination may earn a student exemption from, but not credit for, ENG105.

Writing Across the Curriculum In addition to ENG105 and ENG106, students must complete five courses designated as Writing across the Curriculum (W) courses.

Mathematics The course requirements for mathematics emphasize the manipulation, interpretation, and application of quantitative data. Students fulfill this requirement by completing, an approved course in statistics, calculus 1, and a CSC or CIS course. Exemption from the mathematics requirement or placement in prerequisite courses is based on any of the following tests: AP, IB, or a placement examination administered by the Department of Mathematics.


AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE

The Areas of Knowledge requirement is designed to help students understand and appreciate intellectual achievements in major areas of human inquiry and creative endeavor. The courses offered in the areas of knowledge provide a broad array of intellectual and cultural exploration. In satisfying these requirements students examine creative expression in the arts, literature, and philosophy; study human development and behavior; and explore the mathematical, scientific, and technological world. Students fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement by completing three cognates, one from each of the three areas of the university curriculum: Arts & Humanities; People & Society; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

Arts and Humanities
Arts & Humanities cognates engage students in the study of the most enduring and influential works of art, imagination, and culture. Through study, creation, and performance, courses in this area enable students to understand the works of artists, musicians, novelists, philosophers, playwrights, poets, historians, and theologians. These courses cultivate the ability to interpret, critically evaluate, and experience the creative products of human culture and expression.

People and Society
People & Society cognates help students understand and analyze the organization of society and the patterns of social change, in the past and in the contemporary world.

Mathematics
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics cognates develop students’ abilities to think critically about mathematical, scientific, and technological issues, through an understanding of processes and methods of scientific inquiry involving experimentation, observation, and quantitative analysis.


BS Health Science Plan of Study - General Track

Freshman
Fall Spring
Eng 105 English Comp 3 cr Eng 106 or 107 English Comp 3 cr
Bil 150/151 General Biology w/ Lab 5 cr Bil 160/161 General Biology w/ Lab II 5 cr
Cognate Arts / Hum 3 cr Cognate Arts / Hum 3 cr
Mth 101 or
Elective
College Algebra 3 cr Mth 141 A or B
or Mth 161
Calculus I 4 cr
UMX 100 Freshman Experience 1 cr
15 cr 15 cr

Sophomore
Fall Spring
Chm 103/105 or
Chm 111/113
Chem for Life Sciences I w/Lab
or General Chem w/Lab
4 cr Chm 104/106 or
Chm 112/114
Chem for Life Sciences II w/Lab
or General Chem II w/Lab
4 cr
Bil 250 Genetics 3 cr Bil 255 Cell & Molecular Biology 3 cr
Cognate People & Society 3 cr HCS 212/213 Human Anatomy w/Lab 4 cr
HCS 202 Intro Statistics 3 cr Cognate Arts / Hum 3 cr
HCS 306 Nutrition 2 cr
13 cr 16 cr

Junior
Fall Spring
HCS 215 Systemic Physiology 3 cr People & Society 3 cr
CIS / CSC Computer Information Systems /
Computer Science
3 cr Elective 3 cr
PHY 101/106 College Physics I w/Lab 5 cr PHY 102/108 College Physics II w/Lab 5 cr
Minor 3 cr Minor 3 cr
Cognate People & Society 3 cr Elective 3 cr
17 cr 17 cr

Senior
Fall Spring
Minor 3 cr Minor 3 cr
Bil 200+ / HCS Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Minor 3 cr Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr Elective 3 cr
15 cr 15 cr
* Students must also complete a minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.


General Education Requirement
Core Health Science Requirements

ENG 105 & 106 English Composition

BIL 150/151, 160/161 General Biology  I & II w/labs

MTH 141 A&B or 161 Calculus I

BIL 250, 255 Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology

HCS 202 Introductory Statistics in Health Care *

HCS 212, 213, 215, 306 Human Anatomy, Anatomy Lab, Systemic Physiology, Nutrition

CIS  or CSC Computer  Course

CHM 103/105, 104/106 Chemistry for Life Sciences I & II w/labs OR  CHM 111/113, 112/114 Principles of Chemistry I & II w/labs AND  CHM 201/205, 202/206 Organic Chemistry I & II w/ labs **

9 Credits of Arts/Humanities Cognate

 

9 credits of People & Society Cognate

 

*MAS 201 for Health Management and Policy Track
**Constitutes a Chemistry Minor


INDIVIDUAL TRACK REQUIREMENTS

1. Health Sciences General Track

  • 3 credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
  • Physics - two semesters with lab
  • A minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies


2. Pre-Physical Therapy Track
  • 3 credits of electives in biology or health science above 100 level
  • HCS 216 is also recommended.
  • Physics - two semesters with lab
  • Psychology 230 or 240 (Abnormal, Developmental)
  • A minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies


3. Pre-Pharmacy Track
  • 3 credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
  • Chemistry minor - 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, 202/206
  • Physics - two semesters with lab
  • Economics 211, 212
  • Microbiology 301 or 303/304
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 401
  • Communication 211
  • HCS 216

(Transfer students who do not complete the chemistry minor at the University of Miami must choose another minor accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.)


4. Pre-Forensics Track
  • 3 credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
  • HCS 216, and BIL 251 or BIL 252
  • Chemistry minor - 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, 202/206
  • Sociology 101, 271, 371, 372, 373, 470
  • Psychology 240

(Transfer students who do not complete the chemistry minor at the University of Miami must choose another minor accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies.)


5. Health Science Management and Policy
  • 12 credits of electives in biology or health science above the 100 level
  • Physics - two semesters with lab
  • Health Sector Management and Policy Minor