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The Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 63-64 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, dependent upon a selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the Hdegree core program requirements.

NOTE: A maximum of 15 units of internship (courses numbered 089, 189, 289, 389) may be applied to a bachelor’s degree at CSU, Chico.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 21 units

7 courses required:

HCSV    130    Mgmt Prin Hlth Svs    3.0    FS

HCSV    161    Community Health    3.0    FS

HCSV    178    Multicultural Health    3.0    FS Eth

This course is the same as MCGS 178 which may be substituted.

HCSV    270    Research & Evaluation in Health    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MATH 005; HCSV 060 or equivalent.

HCSV    289    Internship    3.0-14.0    FS

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 290; senior standing; minimum 2.0 GPA in the major at CSU, Chico.

A minimum of 5 units of HCSV 289 is required.

HCSV    290    Internship Seminar    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 289.

MATH    005    Statistics    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

Major Option Course Requirements: 42-43 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN GERONTOLOGY: 42 units

13 courses required:

BIOL    004    Human Physiology    3.0    FS *

HCSV    060    Computer Apps in Health Educ    3.0    FS

HCSV    143    Social Gerontology    3.0    FA

HCSV    160    Chronic & Communicable Diseases    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 004 is strongly recommended.

HCSV    200    Health Communication Programming    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 060, HCSV 161.

HCSV    231    The Healthcare Delivery System    3.0    FA

HCSV    241    Health in the Later Years    3.0    FA

HCSV    263    Epidemiology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 160, MATH 005.

HCSV    271    Health Behavior Theories    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: HCSV 161 or faculty permission.

HCSV    279    Grant Writing/Other Fundraising    3.0    FS

PSY    207    Psychology of Aging    3.0    FA

RECR    160    Leisure in Later Life    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 010; or faculty permission.

SWRK    295    Policy & Progs for Older Adults    3.0    SP

1 course selected from:

NFSC    127    Nutrition Throughout Life Cycle    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 004; NFSC 025 or NFSC 125.

PHED    179    Physical Fitness: A Way of Life    3.0    FS *

R S    147    Dying/Death/Afterlife    3.0    FS *

THE OPTION IN HEALTH EDUCATION: 42-43 units

12 courses required:

BIOL    004    Human Physiology    3.0    FS *

HCSV    060    Computer Apps in Health Educ    3.0    FS

HCSV    111    Human Sexuality    3.0    FS *

HCSV    160    Chronic & Communicable Diseases    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 004 is strongly recommended.

HCSV    162    Environmental Health    3.0    FS

HCSV    169    Health Education Techniques    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 060 or equivalent, HCSV 160; HCSV 161 recommended.

HCSV    170    Drugs in Our Society    3.0    FS *

HCSV    200    Health Communication Programming    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 060, HCSV 161.

HCSV    263    Epidemiology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 160, MATH 005.

HCSV    271    Health Behavior Theories    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: HCSV 161 or faculty permission.

HCSV    279    Grant Writing/Other Fundraising    3.0    FS

NFSC    123    Nutrition/Physical Fitness    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: One lower-division course in biological sciences.

1 course selected from:

HCSV    231    The Healthcare Delivery System    3.0    FA

HCSV    272    School Health Programs    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 169 recommended.

1 course selected from:

BIOL    011    General Microbiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.

CHEM    028    Organic Chem for Applied Science    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 027 or CHEM 037.

HCSV    163    Child Health    3.0    FS *

HCSV    167    Consumer Health    3.0    FS *

HCSV    168    Women’s Health    3.0    FS *

This course is the same as NURS 168 and WMST 168 which may be substituted.

HCSV    175    International Health    3.0    FS

HCSV    231    The Healthcare Delivery System    3.0    FA

HCSV    241    Health in the Later Years    3.0    FA

HCSV    272    School Health Programs    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 169 recommended.

PHED    180A    Physiology of Exercise    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 004.

NOTE: Students seeking the Single Subject Waiver in Health Science are required to take HCSV 167.

THE OPTION IN HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: 42 units

12 courses required:

ACCT    015    Intro to Financial Accounting    3.0    FS

ACCT    016    Intro to Managerial Accounting    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ACCT 015 (or ABUS 083 for ABUS majors only).

ECON    003    Principles of Micro Analysis    3.0    FS *

HCSV    137    Financial Mgmt of Healthcare Org    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ACCT 015, ACCT 016, MATH 005.

HCSV    231    The Healthcare Delivery System    3.0    FA

HCSV    233    Laws, Ethics, & Regs in Hlth Svc    3.0    SP

HCSV    235    Healthcare Policy and Politics    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: HCSV 231.

This course is the same as POLS 205 which may be substituted.

HCSV    237    Mgmt of Health Services Organiz    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: HCSV 130 and ACCT 015 or permission of instructor.

HCSV    239    Hlth Svcs Admin Capstone Seminar    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: HCSV 130 and HCSV 231; or faculty permission.

MGMT    129    Communication in Business    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

MGMT    131    Human Resource Management    3.0    FS

MKTG    170    Survey of Marketing    3.0    FS

1 course selected from:

HCSV    160    Chronic & Communicable Diseases    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 004 is strongly recommended.

HCSV    263    Epidemiology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 160, MATH 005.

1 course selected from:

HCSV    133    Medical Economics    3.0    SP *

Prerequisites: ECON 001, ECON 002, or ECON 003.

This course is the same as ECON 152 which may be substituted.

HCSV    241    Health in the Later Years    3.0    FA

HCSV    250    EMS System Planning    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 231 or equivalent or faculty permission.

HCSV    251    Administration EMS Organizations    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HCSV 130 or equivalent or faculty permission.

HCSV    279    Grant Writing/Other Fundraising    3.0    FS

MINS    110    Corporate Tech Integration    3.0    FS

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

The BS in Health Science signifies readiness for an entry-level career as a health educator or health services administrator. One course from each option has been designated as a competency course and is vital to what a professional in this field should know and be able to do. Students who earn below a C- in those courses are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better for the course to count in the major. For the Gerontology Option, the courses are HCSV 160, HCSV 241, and HCSV 271; for the Health Education Option, the courses are HCSV 160, HCSV 169, and HCSV 271; for the Health Services Administration Option, the courses are HCSV 130, HCSV 231, and HCSV 239.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major.
It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (299H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.