Health Sciences

The Health Sciences major is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study in the health professions, which include medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, or one of the allied health professions, such as physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy or athletic training. The Health Sciences major provides a coherent program that allows students to develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the health professions.


The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in Health Sciences.

Major Requirements

Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an advisor in each.

Courses for the Health Sciences major come from disciplines in a variety of areas of study, including natural sciences and mathematics, sport studies and social sciences. The major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (nine courses) chosen from the list below, one of which must be an internship at the 390 level in the student’s proposed career field. This internship experience is undertaken in the junior or senior year and is intended to give the student an opportunity to gain the real-world experience necessary for a career in any of the health care fields.

Health sciences
HSCI 390 Internship - 4 credits
HSCI 400 Health Science Seminar - 4 credits

Because Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary major, students must select at least two departments from the departments listed below. In addition, at least four of the courses must be at the 200 level or above. Students must work closely with a member of the Health Professions Advising Committee to make sure they select the necessary courses to prepare for the graduate program they desire, as well as those courses that complement their disciplinary major. – 28 credits

Total credits required for B.S. degree in Health Science – 33 credits


BIOL 111 Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells - 4 credits
BIOL 112 Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution - 4 credits
BIOL 313 Molecular Cell Biology - 4 credits
BIOL 315 Microbiology - 4 credits
BIOL 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
BIOL 342 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
BIOL 434 Biochemistry - 4 credits
BIOL 443 Genetics - 4 credits


CHEM 111 Chemical Principles I - 4 credits
CHEM 112 Chemical Principles II - 4 credits
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I - 4 credits
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II - 4 credits
CHEM 430 Medical Chemistry - 4 credits
CHEM 434 Biochemistry - 4 credits


MATH 112 Elementary Statistics - 4 credits
MATH 121 Calculus I - 4 credits
MATH 122 Calculus II - 4 credits


PHYS 121 Classical and Modern Physics I - 4 credits
PHYS 122 Classical and Modern Physics II - 4 credits
PHYS 211 College Physics I - 4 credits
PHYS 212 College Physics II - 4 credits


PSY 100 General Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 224 Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 340 Psychobiology - 4 credits
PSY 342 Abnormal Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 343 Sensory Systems - 4 credits

Sport Studies

SPST 210 Introduction to Athletic Injury & Illness, with Lab - 4 credits
SPST 211 Health and Wellness Promotion - 4 credits
SPST 245 Emergency Procedures in Athletic Training - 4 credits
SPST 246 Kinesiology of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 311 Sport and Exercise Physiology  - 4 credits
SPST 314 Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Nutrition - 4 credits
SPST 340 Psychology of Sport and Exercise - 4 credits
SPST 373 Physical Examination and Assessment, with Lab - 4 credits
SPST 474 Therapeutic Modalities and Rehablitation - 4 credits

Health Sciences Faculty

Health Sciences at Guilford

Why Health Sciences at Guilford?

Health Science is an interdisciplinary field which links scientific inquiry and the application of this knowledge to improve the quality of life. The Health Sciences program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in any of the health professions.

The program includes several tracks:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training

At Guilford, students have the opportunity to work in small classroom and lab settings; emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills while providing a solid foundation in basic and health-related sciences. Students choose introductory and advanced study from among courses in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Sports Studies and the Social Sciences.

Our Health Professions Advising Program provides the support that students need to be well prepared for further study. Students receive one-on-one guidance and assistance with choosing classes, the application process and preparation for graduate school interviews. Both the program and the professors are dedicated to helping students organize and package the interdisciplinary science courses required for entry into any graduate program in the health professions.

Health Science internships and research projects give our students opportunities to gain real world experience. Students have completed internships at Moses Cone Family Health, with local dentists, at the North Carolina Zoo and through Study Abroad programs. “Guilford alumni are presently enrolled in graduate programs in the health professions throughout North Carolina and the rest of the US.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Internships give majors the experience in the field that is necessary to gain admission to health professions schools. Recent locations where Health Sciences majors have done internships include:

  • Moses Cone Family Practice
  • Guilford County Public Health Department
  • Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Triad Health Project
  • Healthserve Community Health Clinic