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    Aug 11, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences B.S., with Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Concentration


Health Sciences B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

https://health.usf.edu/publichealth/undergrad/academic-programs

This Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for those interested in health science, the health care industry and the allied health professions. The degree has a flexible curriculum so students may choose an area of specialization to suit their career interests. Career choices after graduation include working in health related nonprofit organizations, governmental and community agencies, medical records, patient education, geriatric care settings, diagnostic laboratories, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and wellness facilities and businesses. Students graduating with this degree may enter the workforce or continue their education in a variety of fields that might include advanced degree programs in Health Management, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Health Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Communication Disorders and Social Work, to name a few. This degree has greater flexibility and students may have more exposure to social science, business and humanities courses than the more natural science- and mathematics-intensive degrees sometimes required for some health-based professional schools.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Graduation Requirements


Satisfactory completion of the following requirements: 

  • General Education Program (36 credit hours), including State Core General Education, State Computation and State Communication; 
  • Minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours;
  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework;
  • Major and college requirements in a chosen degree program;
  • Nine credit hours of coursework taken during the summer term(s) (if entered USF with less than 60 credit hours); 
  • Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) credit hours;
  • 42 credit hours of upper-level coursework;
  • Civics Literacy;
  • Foreign language admissions coursework.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

  • BSC XXXXC or (BSC X005 and BSC X005L) or (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) or BSC X007C – 4 credit hours
  • MAC X105 – 3 credit hours
  • PSY X012 – 3 credit hours
  • STA XXXX or STA X023 or STA X014 - 3 credit hours
  • DEP X053 or DEP X004 or DEP X000 or CLP X140 – 3 credit hours
  • APK X0105C or (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) or BSC X093 or BSC X094 – 4 credit hours
  • ENC X210 or ENC X254 – 3 credit hours

Required Courses: (12 credit hours)


Major Core Courses: 2 courses; 6 credit hours


Other Required Courses: (6 credit hours)


Ethics Course: 1 course; 3 credit hours


Choose one from the following list:

Major Concentration Electives: (30 credit hours)


Students complete a Health Sciences program of study and one of five concentrations in: Aging Health Studies, Biological Health Sciences, Health Information Technology, Health Care Administration, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.

Students choose 30 credit hours in one (1) concentration or 15 credit hours each in two (2) concentrations.

Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Concentration: 10 courses; 30 credit hours


Select 10 courses (30 credit hours) from the following list of courses:

Mental Health Cluster


These courses for students interested in Mental Health professions.

Note: Special Topics courses are chosen in advance of registration, in coordination with an academic advisor.

Substance Abuse Cluster


These courses are for students interested in Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment professions.

Note: Special Topics courses are chosen in advance of registration, in coordination with an academic advisor.

Health Sciences B.S. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework.

Grading Requirements


Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C-” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Residency Requirement


Students in the College of Public Health are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF.

Research Opportunities


A maximum of 4 credits of Undergraduate Research (IDS 4910 ) may be applied to the major with a maximum of 1 credit taken per semester.

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

4 Year Plan of Study - Health Sciences B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • BSC XXXX Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 2

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • TGEC - Creative Thinking  Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • TGEH - High Impact Practice  Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Health Sciences B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15