Please consult you’re the current 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 1400 and/or and 32 respectively. Entering freshmen have an average weighted GPA of 4.2. Transfer students have a mean cumulative GPA of 3.44.

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.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

English Composition (3-6 credits)
Except as indicated below, students must take English 105 and 106 (or its equivalent) during the first year of enrollment. Admission to ENG 105 requires a placement score acceptable to the Department of English. Students whose placement scores are deemed unacceptably low will be required to take the non-credit course, ENG 103, before taking ENG 105 and 106. Such students must fulfill the English Composition requirement within the first three semesters. Students whose placement scores are high may be exempted from ENG 105 but not from ENG 106 or its equivalent.

Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MTH 161 or equivalent

Statistics and Computer Programming (6 credits)
  • HCS 202 or equivalent
  • CSC or CIS

Arts and Humanities (12 credits)
B.S.H.S. degree candidates must earn twelve credits in the three areas listed below. At least three credits must be earned in each area.
  • Fine Arts: courses in the departments of Art and Art History, Dance (DAN 250 only), Musicology (only the following: either MCY 131 or MCY 132, but not both, MCY 325, MCY 361 and MCY 362), Music Theory (MTC 125 only), and Theatre Arts (THA 101 only) count toward this requirement.
  • Literature: courses in the departments of English (200-level and higher) and Foreign Languages and Literatures (300-level and higher) count toward this requirement.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies: courses in the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies count toward this requirement.
  • An additional 3 credits from any area above or a foreign language (above the 101 level).
    For example: FRE101 would not comply but FRE102 would.

People and Society (6 credits)
B.S.H.S. degree candidates must earn six credits in the following social science disciplines: African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology (except APY 203), Economics, Geography and Regional Studies (except GEG 120), History, International Studies, a Judaic Studies Social Science course, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.

Writing (5 Courses)
May include any of the courses listed above except ENG 105 and ENG 106.


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
Arts / Hum 3 cr 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
People & Society 3 cr HCS 212/213 Human Anatomy w/Lab 4 cr
HCS 202 Intro Statistics 3 cr 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
Elective 3 cr Arts / Hum 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

HCS 212/213 Human Anatomy w/labs & HCS 215 Systemic Physiology

HCS 215 Systemic Physiology

HCS 202 Introductory Statistics in Health Care *

CHM 103/105, 104/106 Chemistry for Life Sciences I & II w/labs

CIS  or CSC Computer  Course

Or  CHM 111/113, 112/114 Principles of Chemistry I & II w/labs

12 credits of Humanities

And  CHM 201/205, 202/206 Organic Chemistry I & II w/ labs **

6 credits of Social Science (see tracks)

 

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


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL TRACKS

Pre-Physical Therapy

  • BIL 250, BIL 255
  • 3 credits of upper level biology or health science course at the 200+ level
  • PHY 101/106 & PHY 102/108 College Physics I & II w/ Labs
  • PSY 110 & 203 or 352 Intro to Psychology & Child and Adolescent Development or
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • A minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies


Pre-Pharmacy
  • BIL 250, BIL 255
  • 3 credits of upper level biology or health science course at the 200+ level
  • PHY 101/106 & PHY 102/108 College Physics I & II w/labs
  • ECO 211 & ECO 212 Economic Principles & Problems
  • BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Medical Sciences
  • MIC 301 Introduction to Microbiology/Immunology or MIC 303 & 304 Part 1 & 2 Introduction to Microbiology/Immunology
  • COS 211 Public Speaking
  • Chemistry minor (if not completed at UM another approved minor must be chosen)


Pre-Forensics
  • BIL 250, BIL255
  • BIL 251 or 252 Genetics Lab
  • 3 credits of upper level biology or health science course at the 200+ level
  • HCS 216 Systemic Physiology Laboratory
  • SOC 101, 271, 371, 372, 373, 470 Intro to Sociology, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Police & Community, Courts & Society, Theories of Deviant Behavior (Constitutes a sociology or criminology minor)
  • PSY 110, 352 Intro to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology
  • Chemistry minor (see note under Pre-Pharmacy above)


Health Science Management and Policy

  • 12 credits of upper level biology or health science courses at the 200+ level
  • PHY 101/106 & PHY 102/108 College Physics I & II w/ labs
  • Health Science Management and Policy minor: MGT 270 Introduction to Health Sector Administration, ECO 386 Health Economics, BSL 460 Health Care Law and Ethics, BPH/HCS 322 Introduction to Health Policy (or equivalent)
  • Plus: ECO 211 Economic Principles and Problems, ECO 212 Economic Principles and Problems, ECO 302 Micro Economic Theory and BLS 212 Introduction to Business Law


Health Science General  (May be modified to meet the needs of specific professional schools)

  • BIL 250, BIL255
  • 3 credits of upper level biology or health science at the 200+ level
  • PHY 101/106 & PHY 102/108 College Physics I & II w/ Labs
  • A minor in a discipline accepted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies