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

  • BUS 100 Contemporary Business or BMA 352 Managing in Organizations
  • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology
  • BIO 112 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution  
  • BIO 200, 203 Human Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)  
  • BIO 205 Pathophysiology
  • CHM 110 & 111; CHM 116 & 117 General Chemistry I, II  
  • MTH 115 or 121 Calculus I
  • PHY 107, 108 General Physics I, II  
  • EHC 310 Statistical Procedures or PSY 205 Quantitative Methods*
  • FCS 303 Nutrition
  • EHC 370, 375 Human Relations Development
  • HS 110 Introduction to Health Science
  • HS 320 Exercise Physiology
  • HS/ETE 402 Educational Methods, Strategies, and Evaluation Techniques  
  • HS 460 Basic Science of Human Movement  
  • HS 480 Motion Analysis

Plus two of the following:

  • HS/FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care  
  • NUR 217 Men’s Health Issues
  • NUR 219 Women and Health

*Health science students will take EHC 310 unless they are minoring in psychology. Psychology minors may take EHC 310 or PSY 205.

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

Health Science majors are required to take a minor or a 12- hour academic concentration, chosen in consultation with advisors in the physical therapy department and in the minor/concentration department.

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 24 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 Sharon Key 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 24 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.

Direct Admit 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; and 3.61 in math and science courses and 3.61 overall after the senior 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 thereby qualify for direct enrollment.