Health Science

The health science major gives you the academic and professional foundation you need to pursue graduate school and physical therapy licensure. As a freshman health science major, you can apply for early assurance of admission to Bradley's DPT program.

Preparing You For Success

You build a strong foundation in health, wellness and physiology knowledge that prepares you for a career in physical therapy or other health fields. Your learning doesn't end with classroom readings and lectures on health-related topics. It extends to internships, research projects and hands-on experiences around Peoria.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Strong relationships with your professors and classmates in small classes
  • A required minor, which can be biology, health, business, neuroscience, leadership or anything else you might choose
  • Research projects you can present to the public at Bradley's year-end research showcase
  • Professional development and networking through student organizations like Wags For Mags, Health Science Organization and Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society
  • Hands-on learning through internships and professional class projects for organizations such as OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and the Central Illinois Chapter of Easter Seals

Making Your Mark

Almost all health science students pursue graduate degrees and find careers as physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, optometrists, medical physicians, chiropractors, athletic trainers or public health administrators. Among Illinois health science programs, Bradley has the highest percentage of students admitted to DPT programs. 

Many undergraduates choose to go on to pursue Bradley's doctorate of physical therapy program, which boasts a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the national licensure exam.

If you go straight to the workforce, you can find a job in medical sales, pharmaceutical sales, health and fitness management, and other fitness industry positions.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 65 hrs.

  • BIO 111 & 113 Introduction to Cell Biology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 112 & 114 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 230 & 231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 232 & 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 110 & 111 General Chemistry I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 116 & 117 General Chemistry II - 5 hrs.
  • CHM 302 Medical Terminology - 1 hr.
    or NUR 391 Medical Terminology - 1 hr.
  • ENC 310 Statistical Procedures in Health Science - 3 hrs.
    or PSY 205 Quantitative Methods - 3 hrs.*
  • ENC 370 Human Relations Development Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • ENC 375 Human Relations Development Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • ETE 402 Educational Methods, Strategies and Evaluation Techniques - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • HS 110 Introduction to Health Science - 1 hr.
  • HS 320 Exercise Physiology - 3 hrs.
  • HS 460 Kinesiology - 3 hrs.
  • HS 480 Motion Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • ML 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs.
    or ML 350 Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • MTH 115 Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    or 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs.
  • PHY 107 General Physics I - 4 hrs.
  • PHY 108 General Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose two) - 5-6 hrs.

  • HS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 217 Men's Health Issues - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 219 Women's Health Issues - 3 hrs.

* Health Science students will take ENC 310 unless they are pursuing a neuroscience minor.

Health Science majors are required to take a minor, chosen in consultation with advisors in the Physical Therapy department and in the minor department.