Health Science

The undergraduate degree in Health Science consists of 68 credit hours in the liberal arts and in the sciences. Required science coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics along with the four core Health Science courses prepares the student for employment in the health area or for post-graduate study. The strong core of required courses within the college of education and health sciences, along with courses in the college of liberal arts and sciences, communication, and business provide additional essential content. Students majoring in Health Science are also required to declare a minor area of study during their sophomore year. Minor areas of study typically range from 12-15 credit hours (included in the 68 hours of the major) and allow the student to focus in an area of special interest. Health Science graduates have successfully entered the workforce and have also continued their education in post-graduate work in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, pharmacology, physician assistant, optometry, chiropractic, as well as other health fields.

Required Courses

Required course work in the Health Science major as well as courses chosen to satisfy the student’s required minor provides flexibility for the student to satisfy prerequisites for graduate study or to enter the work force following graduation. Students are encouraged to explore the various options for their required minor and discuss their plans with their academic advisor before declaring a minor prior to the end of the sophomore year.

Students with plans to pursue graduate study should be aware of courses offered at Bradley that will satisfy admission requirements for their specific field of study. Required courses for the Health Science major include the following:

  • BIO 111 – Introduction to Cell Biology (3 hours)
  • BIO 113 – Introduction to Cell Biology Lab (1 hour)
  • BIO 112 – Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 hours)
  • BIO 114 – Introduction to Ecology and Evolution Lab (1 hour)
  • BIO 230 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours)
  • BIO 231 – Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I (1 hour)
  • BIO 232 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)
  • BIO 233 – Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II (1 hour)
  • CHM 110 – General Chemistry I (3 hours)
  • CHM 111 – General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 hour)
  • CHM 116 – General Chemistry II (4 hours)
  • CHM 117 – General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 hour)
  • EHC 310 – Statistical Procedures in Health Science or PSY 205 –Quantitative Methods (3 hours)*
  • EHC 370 – Human Relations Development – Techniques (2 hours)
  • EHC 375 – Human Relations Development – Laboratory (1 hour)
  • ETE/HS 402 – Educational Methods, Strategies and Evaluation Techniques (3 hours)
  • FCS 303 – Nutrition (3 hours)
  • HS 110 – Introduction to Health Science (1 hour)
  • HS 320 – Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
  • HS 460 – Kinesiology (3 hours)
  • HS 480 – Motion Analysis (3 hours)
  • ML 250 – Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations (2 hours) or ML 350 – Managing for Results in Organizations (2 hours)
  • MTH 115 or 121 – Calculus I (4 hours)
  • PHY 107 – General Physics I (4 hours)
  • PHY 108 – General Physics II (4 hours)
  • PSY 101 – Principles of Psychology (3 hours)

Plus two of the following:

  • HS/FCS 220 – Consumer Issues in Health Care (3 hours)
  • NUR 217 – Men’s Health Issues (2 hours)
  • NUR 219 – Women’s Health Issues (3 hours)

Total Hours 67 – 69

At least 124 credit hours are required for the bachelor’s degree, with at least 40 hours at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet University core curriculum requirements.

 * Health Science students will take EHC 310 unless they are pursuing a Neuroscience minor.

With frequent and focused discussions with their Health Science academic advisor, every minor offered at Bradley is a bona fide option for the student. Based on post-baccalaureate fields of study and the current health care environment minors frequently pursued by Health Science students include: Biology, Business, Health, Leadership, Neuroscience, and Spanish. With careful planning some Health Science students have graduated with more than one minor and/or a second major.

Admission Requirements

In addition to University and College of Education and Health Sciences requirements, the following are recommended for students to receive full consideration for admission to the Health Science major as a freshman:

  1. a minimum of three years of high school mathematics and high school science (biology/physiology, chemistry, and physics are recommended);
  2. ACT minimum score of 20 composite or SAT minimum score of 1100.

How to Apply

We welcome questions from prospective students who are applying to Bradley University. If you have any questions, feel free to email Darlene Jacobs or call us at 309-677-2857.

To apply to Bradley University as a freshman or transfer student, consult the University’s admissions pages.

To be considered for admission to the Health Science major as a freshman, you should have the following:

  • a minimum of three years of high school math and science (biology/physiology, chemistry, and physics are recommended)
  • an ACT minimum composite of 20 or SAT minimum score of 1100

However, you can join the program later, as a sophomore or junior. Transfer students from other majors at Bradley University should have a 3.1 GPA (minimum) in math and science courses and a 3.1 GPA (minimum) overall to be accepted into the Health Science major.

Early Assurance Option to Bradley DPT Program

Freshmen admitted to the Health Science program have the opportunity for direct admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Requirements include:

  • Math, science, and health science courses within the curriculum must be taken at Bradley.
  • You must earn a grade of C or better on all courses.
  • Students are expected to exhibit appropriate pre-professional behavior. These include, but are not limited to, a positive attitude, sensitivity to differences, and the ability to manage conflict.
  • You must meet the minimum GPAs: 3.41 in math and science courses and 3.41 overall in the sophomore year; 3.51 in math and science courses and 3.51 overall after the junior year.

Note that high school students who take college/university courses before enrolling at Bradley may be accepted as having begun Health Science as a freshman, and qualify for early assurance.