Health Sciences Major

Health Sciences Major

The Health Sciences Major (HSC) consists of three main concentrations: Public Health Studies, Pre-Nursing and Pre-Physical Therapy. It is designed to build upon supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, health and physical education, sociology, health informatics, healthcare management and psychology to prepare students for careers in the healthcare field. The major curriculum consists of a common core group of courses followed by specific course work in a selected area of concentration for a total of 46-61 credits. 

This major provides an integrated foundation of knowledge in biological disciplines that includes morphological, cellular, molecular, physiological, developmental and evolutionary principles. Much of the coursework utilizes the scientific method and emphasizes skills in analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking. Students are prepared to demonstrate their ability to use appropriate scientific equipment and familiarity with the standard array of lab techniques.  This is accomplished by offering upper level courses that are more focused, with emphasis on health-related and physiologically based topics. 

The HSC major prepares students for entrance into graduate schools and professional health schools (physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, nursing, physician assistant, including preparation for national admissions examinations). It provides students with practical skills that can qualify them for entry-level positions in biology and health-related occupations.  In addition, this major prepares students to demonstrate ability to integrate community service with career advising, student involvement, leadership development, recreation and other extracurricular opportunities.   

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that from 2010 to 2020 the healthcare and social assistance industry in the U.S. will create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy.  The Connecticut Department of Labor estimated that from 2008 – 2018, growth in health care support occupations would exceed that in all other occupational categories and that Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations would be the fifth fastest growing occupational category in the state. 

Program facilities in Eastern’s state-of-the-art Science Building include a DNA Sequencer; an Imaging Center with confocal microscope; a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center and other specialized labs. The only program of its kind in the Connecticut State Universities, Eastern’s Health Science Major offers seamless transfer from a number of Connecticut Community College programs.

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