Health Sciences

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science


Doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners need people like you who focus on improving community health at local, national, and global levels.


Health sciences is an interdisciplinary area of study that focuses on applying concepts from the natural and social sciences to topics around population health, health problems and related outcomes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 15% growth over the next 10 years in healthcare-related professions. This growth accounts for roughly 2.4 million new healthcare jobs—more than any other occupational category tracked by BLS.

Learn how to:

  • Apply concepts from humanities, natural and behavioral sciences to practice in community-based settings
  • Apply leadership skills, concepts, and decision-making abilities throughout various professional settings
  • Make evidence-based decisions for treatment of individuals, families, and groups
  • Show proficiency in health sciences, health promotion, and community health literacy
  • Illustrate knowledge of health services policy and regulations to help individuals, families, and groups identify and mobilize resources to meet health needs
  • Collaborate with consumers, health community members, and others to improve delivery of health services 
  • Integrate health sciences, health promotion, and community health education strategies for individuals, families, and groups to improve health outcomes
  • Translate professional, ethical, and legal responsibility within a variety of settings
  • Apply health principles to practice with culturally diverse consumers
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Our Health Sciences program prepares students for a wealth of careers within the healthcare industry. With courses in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, statistics, among other topics, our students get the scientific training necessary to face some of our biggest health challenges. Students can enter the healthcare workforce with a Health Sciences degree. This degree also sets students up to succeed in advanced study in medical or graduate school.

There is more information about major requirements in the Program Requirements section on this page.

Where can a degree in Health Sciences take you?

Health and medicine topics can be hard to understand for people without a medical degree. With a degree in health sciences, you have career opportunities to educate, advocate, and make health and medicine more accessible to communities around the globe.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements may vary depending on your student journey. Review the information below, then determine which classification best matches your admission needs.

Current Students

Any student interested in declaring as a Health Sciences major must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA). 

Prospective Students

First-time students should apply online through the Office of Admissions. When you complete the application, be sure to indicate Health Sciences as your major. 

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another institution must submit official transcripts from each college or university attended. Check out our resource section for transfer students for more information. 

International Students

For students who have completed any education in a college or university outside of the U.S or related territory, be sure to submit a course-by-course evaluation. Go to our resource section for international students to learn more about foreign credit evaluation. 

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among General Education Requirements (GERs), course prerequisites, and major courses. Expand each section below to see the range of course offerings.

General Education Requirements (GERs)

Students must complete all required GER credits. Specifically for Health Sciences majors, your program plan should also include:

GER Requirement Course options
Mathematics MATH 110 College Algebra
Behavioral and Social Science

ECON 103: Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurial Economics


SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology

Natural Sciences

BIOL 107: Comprehensive Preview of Life Sciences or BIOL 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I


CHEM 101: General Chemistry or CHEM 103: Chemistry for Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues

SPCH 105: Introduction to Speech or SPCH 202: Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204: Critical Listening 


HEED 105: Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Well-being

Core Courses (19 credits)

Course Credits Name
HSC 101 3 Orientation to Health Sciences
HSC 190 3 Medical Terminology
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HSC 312 3 Pathophysiology
HSC 313 3 Pharmacology
MATH 203 3 Basic Statistics


Sample Degree Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. The plan below is just an example—your journey may have different requirements.  

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
MATH 110 3 College Algebra
PHIL 10X 3 Introduction to Logic or Introduction to Philosophy
HIST 20X 3 World History I or U.S. History I or African-American History I
HSC 101 3 Orientation to Health Science

Spring Semester (17 credits)

course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
HIST 20X 3 World History II or U.S. History II or African-American History II
HSC 190 3 Medical Terminology
BIOL 107 4 Comprehensive Preview of Life Sciences
CHEM 10X 4 General Chemistry or Chemistry for Health Sciences

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
SPCH XXX 3 Speech Communications or Basic Principles of Oral Interpretation or Principles and Practices of Interviewing or Critical Listening
BIOL 201 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SOCI 201 3 Introduction to Sociology
WLIT 207 or ENG 2XX 3 World Literature or any 200-level English
HEED 105 3 Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Well-Being

Spring Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
MATH 203 3 Statistics
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
ECON 103 3 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurial Economy
IDIS 10X 3 IDIS 102 or IDIS 103 or Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSIC 201 or THEA 211 or DANC 226
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
HEED 300 3 Health Education and Health Promotion
HEED 303 3 Health and Urban Studies
HSC 210 3 Health Informatics (includes higher level writing/APA)
HSC 213 3 Principles and Practices of Nutrition
HSC 312 3 Pathophysiology

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
HEED 305 3 Introduction to Health Science Research
HSC 306 3 Health and the Older Adult
HSC 310 3 Human Disease, Prevention, and Control
HSC 313 3 Pharmacology
HSC 320 3 Healthcare Delivery System

Fall Semester (14 credits)

Course credits name
HEED 420 3 Community Health
HIM 415 3 Health Statistics and Research 
HSC 404 3 Ethics for Health Professionals
HSC 421 3 Tests and Measurements
HSC 426 2 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Course Credits Name
HSC 405 3 Epidemiology
HEED 406 3 Healthcare Leadership and Policy
HEED 410 3 Global Health
HEED 425 3 Field Experience

Related Health Programs

Health Information Management


Health Sciences is in the Department of Health and Health Education within the School of Allied Health in the College of Health Professions.