Health Science Major

Bachelor of Arts in Health Science
Students who major in health science combine a broad science literacy, including emphasis on biology and chemistry, with knowledge of particular threats to human health from environmental, occupational, and life-style factors. This preparation builds understanding of the role in human health of communicable diseases, conditions of deprivation or excess, technological hazards, and societal stressors. The advanced student integrates this preparation with a study of individual and community strategies for protecting and enhancing human health.

In addition to College academic requirements, the health science major must complete eight required courses and four upper level (i.e., 300-400 level) electives. In addition, four electives are required from specific disciplines, namely human development, statistics, psychology and sociology.
Learning Outcomes for the Health Science Program
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science, students will have:
1. Acquired the basic science literacy needed for entry level work in health science or to prepare for graduate study
2. Learned to use investigative and analytical tools central to health research
3. Developed skills that allow for evaluation of the complex contexts that shape human health
4. The ability to apply values, ethics, and concepts of justice to human health concerns

Required Courses

BIO 103 General Biology I
BIO 112/113 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II

CHM 110/111 Environmental Chemistry I/II
BIO 332 Microbiology
BIO 402 Genetics
BIO 406 Epidemiology
BIO 408 Toxicology

3 upper level electives from the School of Fire and Health Sciences
1 elective in Human Development
1 elective in Statistics
1 elective in Psychology
1 elective in Sociology

Electives from other Divisions or from offerings within the Colleges of Worcester Consortium are acceptable with permission of the School of Fire and Health Sciences chair. Appropriate electives deal with topics such as human development, health and development in a social context, or particular problem areas in health such as drugs, sexuality, violence, or nutrition. Students may also take the Emergency Medical Technician course.

Students who anticipate graduate study in the health field are encouraged to add Calculus (one or two courses) and Physics with laboratory (one or two courses). Some particular graduate programs have other requirements and students should choose electives to meet those standards with the guidance of their faculty advisor.
Anna Maria College has a unique relationship with the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) School of Pharmacy in Hartford, CT. Anna Maria students who major in Health Science will be able to complete all the pre-requisite courses for the USJ School of Pharmacy in three years. Upon successful completion of the pre-requisites, AMC students meeting the USJ School of pharmacy application criteria will be automatically admitted into the Pharmacy program. After completing the first year of the pharmacy curriculum, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from AMC and then will return to USJ for their final two years of pharmacy education and subsequently graduate with a Pharm. D. Degree. This accelerated program allows students to obtain their Pharm. D. Degree in six years, whereas most pharmacy programs require eight years of study (four undergraduate and four in pharmacy).

For more information, please contact:

Susan Swedis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(508) 849-3442