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Program and Courses

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is an ideal degree for students whose passion for science is matched only by their desire to learn about it in new and progressive ways. The curriculum will teach you how the human body functions in health and disease, how it defends itself against microbes and pathogens, and how medications are used to combat infection and disease.

As a student, you’ll also examine the societal context of health and healthcare through history, ethics, law and policy through a global lens, something often overlooked in other undergraduate health programs. Research methods are another core component of the BHSc program and are complemented through labs (virtual or in-person), simulations, and living labs in which you’ll develop and interpret your own data. Flexibility is embedded into the program and you’ll develop your own customized learning plan from a series of innovative health science and elective courses.

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Program at a glance

Core Courses: 18 Units Required

BMED 173 History and Philosophy of Health and Healthcare

PHAR 100 Introductory Pharmacology

ANAT 100 Anatomy of the Human Body

PHGY 170 Human Cell Physiology

GLPH 171 Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease

BIOL 243 / STAM 200 Introduction to Statistics

 

Option Courses: Minimum 6.0 Units

PSYC 100 Psychology or PSYC 101 or PSYC 102 or PSYC 103

BIOL 102 Introductory Biology of Cells

BIOL 103 Introductory Biology of Organisms

CHEM 112 General Chemistry (On-Campus students only)

CHEM 113 General Chemistry I

CHEM 114 General Chemistry II

PHYS 118 Basic Physics

MATH 121 Differential and Integral Calculus

WRIT 120 Fundamentals of Effective Writing

WRIT 125 Fundamentals of Academic Essay Writing

ENGL 100 Introduction to Literacy Study

Note: Some Arts & Science courses may be 6.0 units.

 

Electives: 6.0 Units

Any online course, including any listed option courses. All Arts & Science Online courses are accepted as electives. Additionally, BHSc On-Campus students may choose courses from the Arts & Science Calendar.

Core Courses: 15.0 Units Required

PHGY 215 Principles of Mammalian Physiology I

PHGY 216 Principles of Mammalian Physiology II

BMED 270 Fundamentals of Health Research Methodology

GLPH 271 Global and Population Health

BCHM 270 Biochemical Basis of Health and Disease

 

Option Courses: 9.0 Units

MICR 271 Introduction to Microbiology**

MICR 270 Infection, Immunity, Inflammation**

CHEM 281 General Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 282 General Organic Chemistry II (On-Campus students only)

CHEM 285 General Organic Chemistry II

HLTH 230 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

BCHM 218 Molecular Biology

IDIS 280 Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare

**Students are required to take one of MICR 270 and MICR 271

 

Electives: 6.0 Units

Any online course, including any listed option courses. All Arts & Science Online courses are accepted as electives. Additionally, BHSc On-Campus students may choose courses from the Arts & Science Calendar.

Core Courses: 15.0 Units Required

REPD 372 Reproduction and Development

BMED 373 Health Ethics, Law, and Policy

PATH 310 Introduction to Pathology and Molecular Medicine

PHAR 270 Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

BMED 370 Genetics and Genomics

 

Option Courses: 9.0 Units

PHAR 380 Drug and Environmental Toxicology

CANC 380 Evolutionary Biology of Cancer

BMED 390 Integrative Laboratory Studies

BMED 381 Clinical and Diagnostic Chemistry

BMED 383 Advanced Research Methodologies

MICR 320 Microbes in Health and Disease

BMED 386 Fundamentals of Immunology in Health and Disease

 

Electives: 6.0 Units

Any online course, including any listed option courses. All Arts & Science Online courses are accepted as electives. Additionally, BHSc On-Campus students may choose courses from the Arts & Science Calendar.

Core Courses: 6.0 Units Required

GLPH 471 Advanced Global and Population Health

REPD 473 Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

 

Option Courses: 18.0 Units

BMED 470 Principles of 'Omics'

PHAR 480 Drug Discovery and Development

CRSS 454 Cardiovascular Sciences

NSCI 483 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

BMED 483 Advanced Topics in Infectious Diseases

BCHM 482 Proteomics and Metabolomics

IDIS 480 Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare

GLPH 472 Special Populations: Neonatal to End-of-Life Care

 

Electives: 6.0 Units

Any online course, including any listed option courses. All Arts & Science Online courses are accepted as electives. Additionally, BHSc On-Campus students may choose courses from the Arts & Science Calendar.

Focus your degree

Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Health and Disease

Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Health and Disease

If you have a curiosity for how the human body works, you will find particular interest in this learning track.

Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences

Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences

If you have a curiosity for the way in which health-related research is conducted, with the inclination for advancing critical-reasoning skills, you will find particular interest in this learning track.

Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics

Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics

If you have a curiosity for the beneficial and/or detrimental effects of drugs and environmental chemicals, you will find particular interest in this learning track.

Global and Population Health

Global and Population Health

If you have a curiosity for health of an entire population, as well as the ways in which health in populations are appropriately measured, you will find particular interest in this learning track.

Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation

Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation

If you are interested in the influence of microbes in health and disease and how our immune system responds to environmental stimuli, this learning track will be of interest to you.

Molecular Basis of Biology

Molecular Basis of Biology

If you have a curiosity for the fundamental processes of life and human disease at the molecular and cellular level, you will find particular interest in this learning track.

"In one term [in BMED 373], there was a lot of interest in the opioid crisis and that's become integrated as one of our discussion forum assignments."

Dr. Cheryl Cline
Professor, BMED 173 & BMED 373

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