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Health Sciences

The health sciences major is designed for students who plan 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, individualized course of study that allows students to complete the required science and social science courses to prepare for admission to a graduate program in the health field of their choice. Faculty meet with each student to design the most appropriate course of study for the graduate program in which the student is interested.


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 major.

Courses for the program will be selected in close consultation with faculty advisors. Courses in the major come from disciplines in a variety of areas of study, primarily the natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. In addition to the pre-requisite courses needed for their desired graduate program, students in the program take Health Science Seminar, a one credit course designed to help students with the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips and financial planning. The major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (nine courses) chosen from the lists in each field 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.

The one-credit Health Sciences Seminar acts as a capstone to the major along with the internship experience and should be taken in the junior or senior year. 

Health sciences
HSCI 390 Internship - 4 credits
HSCI 400 Health Science Seminar - 1 credits

Because health sciences is an interdisciplinary major, students must select courses from at least two different disciplines listed below. In addition, at least four of the courses in the major must be at the 200-level or above. Students must work closely with a health sciences advisor to make sure they select the necessary courses to prepare for the graduate program they desire, as well as courses that complement their disciplinary major. 

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/CHEM 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/BIOL 434 Biochemistry - 4 credits


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


PHYS 111  Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences I - 4 credits 
PHYS 112  Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II - 4 credits  
PHYS 117   Physics I - 4 credits
PHYS 118  Physics II - 4 credits 


PSY 100 General Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 224 Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
PSY/BIOL 340 Psychobiology - 4 credits
PSY 342 Abnormal Psychology - 4 credits
PSY/BIOL 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

Olivia Winder '19

Katie Fullerton '16

Kayla Adkins '16

Greensboro, N.C., forensic biology & health sciences double-major
Future Plans: Will attend graduate school at Liberty University to study biomedical science
Favorite Quote: “Hard work is the only key to success”
Parting Thoughts: Guilford allowed me to fly into new worlds, not only in the classroom, but also outside of it.

Health Sciences Faculty

  • Anne Glenn

    Chair, Coordinator for Health Sciences Major & Pre-Health Professions Advising, Coordinator for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Studies Program
    School Extension 316.2234

Health Sciences at Guilford

Why Health Sciences at Guilford?

The health sciences program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in any of the health professions.

The program includes several tracks:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy

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. An important aspect of the health sciences major is that students double major in health sciences and another discipline, which should be whatever interests you most. While many health science students double major in biology, chemistry or exercise and sports sciences, there are students majoring in English, psychology and Spanish, just to name a few. As a capstone to the health science major, students take Health Science Seminar, where we help you with the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips, as well as discuss current issues in health care.

Our pre-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.

In addition to coursework, health science majors are required to do an internship to make sure they get experience needed for admission to graduate programs in the health professions. Health sciences internships and research projects give our students opportunities to gain real-world experience. Students have completed internships at many different sites, including Moses Cone Family Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, with local dentists, at the North Carolina Zoo and through study abroad programs. 

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