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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor 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 taken 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 130 and POLS 155. 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 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 63-66 units

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

Note: A maximum of 15 units of internship (courses numbered 189, 289, 389, 489) may be applied to a bachelor's degree at CSU, Chico.

Major Core Program: 24 units

8 courses required:

HCSV 321 Community Health 3.0 FS
HCSV 328 Multicultural Health 3.0 FS Eth

This course is also offered as MCGS 328.

HCSV 330 Mgmt Prin Hlth Svs 3.0 FS
HCSV 425 Research & Eval in Health 3.0 FA WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MATH 105; HCSV 260 or equivalent.
HCSV 431 The Healthcare Delivery System 3.0 FA
HCSV 489 Internship 3.0 -11.0 FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 490, senior standing, minimum 2.0 GPA in the major at CSU, Chico, faculty permission.

A minimum of 5 units of HCSV 489 is required for all options.

HCSV 490 Internship Seminar 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 489.
MATH 105 Statistics 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

Major Option Course Requirements: 39-42 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: 40 units

12 courses required:

BIOL 104 Human Physiology 4.0 FS *
HCSV 260 Computer Apps in Health Educ 3.0 FS
HCSV 320 Chronic/Communicable Diseases 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 104 is strongly recommended.
HCSV 369 Health Ed and Communication 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: HCSV 260 or equivalent, HCSV 320; HCSV 321 recommended.
HCSV 443 Social Gerontology 3.0 SP
HCSV 463 Epidemiology 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 105. Recommended: HCSV 320.
HCSV 471 Hlth Ed Planning Theory/Pract 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: HCSV 321 or faculty permission.
HCSV 541 Health in the Later Years 3.0 FA
HCSV 579 Grant Wrtg/Other Fundraising 3.0 FS
PSYC 354 Psychology of Aging 3.0 FA
RECR 360 Therapeutic Recr Older Adults 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RECR 200, or faculty permission.
SWRK 474 Policy/Progs for Older Adults 3.0 SP

1 course selected from:

NFSC 360 Nutrtn Throughout Life Cycle 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 104; NFSC 100 or NFSC 240.
PHED 110 Phys Fitness: A Way of Life 3.0 FS *
RELS 264 Dying, Death, and Afterlife 3.0 FS *

The Option in Health Education: 40-42 units

11 courses required:

BIOL 104 Human Physiology 4.0 FS *
HCSV 260 Computer Apps in Health Educ 3.0 FS
HCSV 265 Human Sexuality 3.0 FS *
HCSV 320 Chronic/Communicable Diseases 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 104 is strongly recommended.
HCSV 362 Environmental Health 3.0 FS
HCSV 369 Health Ed and Communication 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: HCSV 260 or equivalent, HCSV 320; HCSV 321 recommended.
HCSV 370 Drugs in Our Society 3.0 FS *
HCSV 463 Epidemiology 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 105. Recommended: HCSV 320.
HCSV 471 Hlth Ed Planning Theory/Pract 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: HCSV 321 or faculty permission.
HCSV 579 Grant Wrtg/Other Fundraising 3.0 FS
NFSC 303 Nutrition/Physical Fitness 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: One lower-division course in biological sciences.

2 courses selected from:

BIOL 211 Allied Health Microbiology 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.
CHEM 108 Organic Chem for Applied Sci 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent.
HCSV 325 Consumer Health 3.0 FS *
HCSV 363 Child Health 3.0 FS *
HCSV 365 Complementary & Alt Medicine 3.0 SP
HCSV 368 Women's Health 3.0 FS *

This course is also offered as NURS 368, and WMST 368.

HCSV 462 School Health Programs 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: HCSV 369 recommended.
HCSV 467 Mental and Emotional Health 3.0 FA
HCSV 541 Health in the Later Years 3.0 FA

Note: Students seeking the Single Subject Waiver in Health Science are required to take HCSV 325.

The Option in Health Services Administration: 39 units

11 courses required:

ACCT 201 Intro to Financial Accounting 3.0 FS
ACCT 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ACCT 201 (or ABUS 261 for ABUS majors only).
HCSV 332 Laws/Ethics/Regs in Hlth Svc 3.0 SP
HCSV 333 Medical Economics 3.0 FS *

This course is also offered as ECON 352.

HCSV 430 Mgmt of Hlth Services Organiz 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ACCT 201 and HCSV 330 or permission of instructor.
HCSV 433 Fin Mgmt of Healthcare Org 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ACCT 201, ACCT 202, MATH 105.
HCSV 435 Health Care Policy & Politics 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: HCSV 431.

This course is also offered as POLS 405.

HCSV 530 Hlth Svcs Admin Capstone Sem 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: HCSV 330 and HCSV 431, or faculty permission.
MGMT 300 Communication in Business 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
MGMT 304 Human Resource Management 3.0 FS
MKTG 305 Survey of Marketing 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

HCSV 320 Chronic/Communicable Diseases 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 104 is strongly recommended.
HCSV 463 Epidemiology 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: MATH 105. Recommended: HCSV 320.

1 course selected from:

HCSV 438 EMS System Planning 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: HCSV 431 or equivalent or faculty permission.
HCSV 439 Admin EMS Organizations 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: HCSV 330 or equivalent or faculty permission.
HCSV 541 Health in the Later Years 3.0 FA
HCSV 579 Grant Wrtg/Other Fundraising 3.0 FS
MINS 301 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 advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly 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. Three courses from each option have been designated as competency courses and are 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 320, HCSV 471, and HCSV 541; for the Health Education Option, the courses are HCSV 320, HCSV 369, and HCSV 471; for the Health Services Administration Option, the courses are HCSV 330, HCSV 431, and HCSV 530.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor 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.

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. 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.

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 units are independent study (399H, 499H) 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 for your major 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% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% 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 advisor to apply.