Bachelor of Science
A challenging career in the health sciences rewards those with a passion for healthcare. This interdisciplinary major provides highly motivated students with foundational knowledge to practice in the ever changing world of healthcare. The curriculum will prepare students to practice as culturally competent, interdisciplinary, evidence-based practitioners. In addition, students may take courses in their respective concentration area to prepare them for graduate programs in healthcare. Career/graduate school options include pharmacy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, community health, and other medical programs. A clinical/field experience or internship in one of the health care professions is highly recommended for all health science students.
|Biology of Cells|
and Biology of Cells Laboratory
|BIO-2660||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO-2670||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|HLS-1000||Introduction to Healthcare||2|
|HLS-2000||Healthcare Systems and Informatics||4|
|HLS-2020||Culturally Competent and Interprofessional Healthcare||4|
|HLS-4000||Research Methods and Biostatistics||4|
Note: For students interested in pursuing the Exercise Science Plus One degree as part of their advanced study, the course PED-3230 Physiology of Exercise is a prerequisite for enrollment. Please enroll in this course as an upper-division elective. Please see the Graduate Catalog for additional details about this program.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
A student who graduates from Aurora University with a baccalaureate degree will have met the following requirements:
- Completion of all requirements for an approved major (with no grades lower than “C”).
- Overall completion of at least 120 semester hours of coursework with a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (a course may be utilized only once in application toward a degree requirement, unless otherwise noted in the academic regulations). The 120 semester hours of coursework must include:
- At least 52 semester hours completed at a senior college.
- Residency Requirement - At least 30 semester hours completed at Aurora University, including the last 24 semester hours in the degree, and including at least 18 semester hours in the major. (Portfolio assessment credit, life and vocational experience credit, off-campus experience credit, examination credit, participation credit, and block credit, shall not count toward the residency requirement).
- Upper-Division Requirement - A minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 3000 or above. Of these 30 semester hours, 15 semester hours must lie within the major and 15 semester hours must be completed at Aurora University.
- Completion of all General Education requirements (with no grades lower than “C”), as follows:
- Quantitative and Formal Reasoning competency requirement
- ENG-1000 Introduction to Academic Writing
- IDS-1200 Discover What Matters or GWC-1000 or IDS-3040 Global Justice
- IDS-1150 First Year Experience or GWC-4000 - Not required for Transfer or AU Online students)
- Satisfactory participation in the junior-year mentoring and assessment process designed to guide students to successful completion of their degree and to encourage planning for next steps beyond graduation. (IDS-3500 Junior Mentoring Program I and IDS-3550 Junior Mentoring Program II - Not required for ADC or AU Online students)
- Distribution Requirements
Students will complete one approved course1 from each of the following categories:
- Artistic Literacy
- Cultural Literacy
- Human Inquiry
- Scientific Inquiry
In addition to the above, ADC and Online students will also complete one approved course1 from the following category:
- Integration and Application
Only courses that are approved to meet the distribution requirement can be used toward this requirement. See the list of approved courses for available options. Courses taken to meet distribution requirements are 4 semester hours apiece, with the following exceptions:
Demonstrate ethical, interprofessional, and culturally sensitive behaviors within healthcare settings.
- Students will understand their own values and beliefs, and those of others, in order to work effectively and successfully with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and from other healthcare fields.
- Students will demonstrate the capability to critically examine and report on central issues in clinical ethics.
- Locate, critically analyze, and apply data to support evidence-based healthcare.
- Students will learn clinical reasoning and the process of analyzing data for best practices in health care.
- Students will analyze population patterns of health-related risk factors and critically evaluate findings to inform change.
- Communicate effectively with laypersons and healthcare professionals.
- Students will be able to define, pronunciate, and interpret medical terminology for use with other medical professionals.
- Students will develop appropriate communication strategies when receiving information and responding to patients with sociocultural openness.
- Understand healthcare and healthcare systems in the United States.
- Students will be able to explain the various careers in healthcare and their requirements for licensure and certification.
Students will articulate an understanding of the various healthcare systems, their safety and quality concerns, and their information systems.