The Health Science Program

The major in Health Science at Saint Vincent College provides students with options in the sciences that combine courses from multiple traditional disciplines to meet the needs of students interested in allied health careers. Students will develop basic skills by taking foundational courses in science, and mathematics.  They then focus on additional science content in advanced courses in a concentration that fulfill the requirements for health programs.   Two seminars in the first and fourth year will help students integrate the concepts from multiple disciplines to solve real world problems through case studies and projects.

The goal of the B.S. degree in Health Science is to educate students so that they may use scientific principles from a multitude of scientific fields in real world health applications, to train students to work in teams, and to communicate with others in their field as well as society in general.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Health Science?

Employment Opportunities: 
Pharmaceutical sales representative
Biomedical sales representative
Laboratory technician/analyst
Health Services Manager
Medical Illustrator (Art minor)
Public Health Educator
Health Informatics (Data Science minor)

Health Professional Programs: 
Physician’s Assistant
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Athletic Training
Nursing (Second degree and Master’s)
Chiropractic Medicine

Graduate Degrees:

MPH Public Health
MS Health Science
MS/PhD in Nutrition science
MS in Cytotechnology
MS in Perfusion Technology
MS in Health Management and Policy
MS/PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety {Toxicology preferred}
MS/PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders {minor in psychology}

Health Science Results
  • 84% of Saint Vincent students applying to allied health programs were admitted to at least one program.
  • The acceptance rate for specific programs are 69% for physician assistant, 80% for physical therapy, 100% for nursing, and pharmacy.
Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science

Foundations I (21 credits)  
CH 101/103 General Chemistry I and Lab - 4 credits 
BL150/151 General Biology I and Lab - 4 credits
PH 109/113 College Physics I and Lab - 4 credits 
INTS 222/224 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab - 4 credits
MA 109 or 111 Calculus I  - 4 credits 
INTS 101 Introduction to Integrated Science - 1 credit 

Foundations II (19 credits)  
Three of the following: 
CH 102/104 General Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits 
BL 152/153 General Biology II and Lab - 4 credits
PH 112/114 General Physics II and Lab - 4 credits
INTS 223/225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab - 4 credits
INTS Healthcare Systems - 3 credits
INTS 201 Medical Terminology - 1 credit
BL 260 or PY 203 Biostatistics or Statistics I - 3 credits

Capstone Experience (4 credits)  
INTS 300 Health Science Seminar - 3 credits 
INTS 550 Internship - 1 credit 

Concentration: 16 Credits  
Choose 24 Credits* (must include labs when available) from the following: 

CH 221/223 Organic Chemistry I and Lab - 4 credits 
CH 222/224 Organic Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits
BL 208/209 Cell Biology and Lab - 4 credits 
BL 212/213 Microbiology and Lab - 4 credits 
BL 214/215 Molecular Genetics and Lab - 4 credits
BL 224/225 Physiology and Lab - 4 credits
BL 220/221 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Lab - 4 credits
BL 245 Exercise Physiology - 3 credits
BL 226/227 Neuroscience and Lab - 4 credits
CH 251/253 Proteins and Metabolism and Lab - 4 credits
CH 252/254 Nucleic Acids and Membranes and Lab - 4 credits  
PY 331 Biological Psychology - 3 credits
PY 322 Health Psychology - 3 credits
INTS 250 Fundamentals of Nutrition - 3 credits
PH 110/114 College Physics II and Lab - 4 credits
INTS xxx Medical Informatics - 3 credits
SO 248 Fundamentals of Epidemiology - 3 credits

*Carefully explore your post-graduation goals to choose appropriate classes  

 Total credits in major: 60                               Electives: 15-21
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CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
EL 100 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
Modern Language - 3 credits
BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
FYS First Year Seminar - 1 credits
INTS 101 Intro to Integrated and Health Science - 1 credit
Total Fall 16 credits

CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit
TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits
Modern Language II - 3 credits
Total Spring 14 credits

Total Freshman Year 30 credits 

All students will take one three (3) credit course designated as a Freshman Seminar which will satisfy a core curriculum requirement.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Interdisciplinary Integration.Students will be able to analyze, connect, and integrate knowledge from two or more disciplines to draw conclusions and/or solve complex health-related problems.  
    • Scientific Skills. Students will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in scientific skills, and technological competency from multiple disciplines. 
    • Communication. Students will be able to express themselves clearly in both written work and oral communication.
    • Data Analysis. Students will be able to analyze scientific and health data and utilize that data as evidence for a conclusion.
    • Information literacy. Students will be able to find, evaluate and utilize sources of scientific and health information appropriately and ethically.
    • Teamwork. Students will be able to work effectively as part of a team to accomplish a complex project.