Bachelor of Science in Health Science
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) degree is offered at ISU through the Division of Health Science and provides several avenues for students to work in health-related professions depending upon the student's ultimate educational and career goals. Students graduating with an AAS or AS are provided the opportunity to apply their associate degree in a health-related field toward graduation requirements for the B.S. in Health Science and satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs. The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program with the associate degree emphasis is to allow students who have graduated or are enrolled in health occupations training at the level of an associate degree to pursue a bachelor's degree with an advanced general health science focus.
This degree provides a curriculum for students who desire an education that can serve as a foundation for additional professional or graduate work in several health science professions, including medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, medical technology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. All students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor within their associate degree programs to ensure that the courses they plan to take will meet their specific career goals.
- Associate degree requirements: Be a graduate or enrolled in a health-related program that awards associate degrees
- General education requirements: Completion of Bachelor of Science general education goals with a minimum of 36 credits
- BSHS core courses: 20-24 credits
- Complete College of Technology Health Occupations Department requirements
- Upper division credits: 36 total credits
- Total minimum credits required: 120
- Bachelor of Science in Health Science (4+ years)
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) degree provides a curriculum for students who desire an education that can serve as a foundation for additional professional or graduate work in areas related to health science.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Science should be in or have graduated from an Associate degree program that has been approved by the Idaho State Board of Education.* Students may transfer up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division credits). Students must complete 15 general education credits & 1 semester in a Health Occupations focused Associates Program.
The B.S. in Health Science degree with the associate degree emphasis includes the following credit requirements which can be divided into four components: Associate Degree Requirements; General Education Requirements; B.S in Health Science Core Courses; and Associate Degree/Health Occupations Concentration Requirements.
- Associate Degree Requirements
Each student must be a graduate of or be enrolled in a health occupations program that awards an associate degree.* Students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree may apply up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division credits) toward the 120 total credit requirement. In addition, students with an Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Respiratory Therapy from ISU may apply 15 upper division Respiratory Therapy (RESP) credits to this degree.
* Out-of-state associate degrees must be evaluated for meeting the Idaho State Board of Education standards. If the associate degree is over five years old, the degree must be evaluated for currency in the technical field.
- General Education Requirements:
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Science Degree must complete 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits—see the Academic Information section of the Undergraduate Catalog). Specific requirements may be listed under individual health occupations program curricula (choose programs above).
- BSHS Core Courses:
BSHS students across all ISU colleges and programs are required to complete a common core of 20-24 credits.
Core Requirements (20-24 credits)
Required Courses (12 credits)* Course Number Course Credits H E 2200 Promoting Wellness 3 BIOL 3301/L Anatomy and Physiology, and Lab 4 HE/HCA 2210 or HO 0106 Medical Terminology 2 DHS 4426 Evidence-Based Research in Health Sciences 3 Professional Competencies (choose 3 credits) Course Number Course Credits HCA 2215 Health Care Leadership 3 HCA 4475 Health Care Law and Bioethics 3 HO 0107 Medical Law and Ethics 3 PHIL 2230 Medical Ethics 3 Health Care (choose 3 credits) Course Number Course Credits ECON 3303 Health Economics 3 HCA 1115 U.S. Health Systems 3 Communication (choose 3 credits) Course Number Course Credits ANTH 4409 Clinical Medical Anthropology 3 COMM 4441 Interpersonal Communication 3 COUN 3300 Interpersonal Skills for Health Professionals 2 ENGL 3307 Professional and Technical Writing 3 HE 4410 Behavior Change Theories 3 HE 4425 Patient Education Strategies 2 Diversity (choose 0-3 credits) Course Number Course Credits ANTH 4409 Clinical Medical Anthropology 3 COUN 3300 Interpersonal Skills for Health Professionals 2 HCA 4475 Health Care Law and Bioethics 3 HE 4425 Patient Education Strategies 2
- Health Occupations Concentration Requirements: (25 credits minimum)
Required Courses (8 credits) Course Number Course Credits BIOL 3302/3302L Anatomy and Physiology and Lab 4 MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics 3 PSYC 3369 AIDS 1 Chemistry – choose one set (9 credits or 7 credits): Course Number Course Credits CHEM 1111/1111L
General Chemistry I and Lab
General Chemistry II and Lab
OR CHEM 1101
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry and Lab
Physics – choose one combination (4 or 8 credits): Course Number Course Credits PHYS 1111/1113
General Physics I and Lab
General Physics II and Lab
OR PHYS 1100 Essentials of Physics 4 Choose one: Course Number Course Credits BIOL 3305 Introduction to Pathobiology 3 HE 3383 Epidemiology 3 RESP 2214 Introduction to Pulmonary Disease 4 Choose one course (3 credits): Course Number Course Credits HE 3340 Fitness and Wellness Programs 3 HCA 3350 Organizational Behavior in Health Care 3 HCA 3384 Human Resource Management in Healthcare 3 NTD 3340 Nutrition for Health Professionals 3 PE 3300 Movement Theory and Motor Development 3 PE 3370 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3 PSYC 3301 Abnormal Psychology I 3 PSYC 3341 Social Psychology 3 RESP 3310 Case Management II 2 RESP 3325 Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures II 2 RESP 2231/2232 Patient Assessment I and II 4 SOC 3330 Sociology of Health and Illness 3
Students pursuing a non-teaching minor in Health Education should contact the Health Education and Promotion Program for details.
A student must fulfill 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits—see the Academic Information section of the Undergraduate Catalog), BSHS Core requirements (20-24 credits), and Associate Degree requirements (up to a maximum of 50 credits), and Health Occupations Concentration requirements (a minimum of 25 credits), and earn a minimum of 120 total credits, of which a minimum of 36 must be upper division credits, for a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree.