Health Science, B.S.


The mission of the Health Sciences major is to prepare Christian men and women in mind and character to promote and enhance the health of individuals, families, and regions through education, empowerment, assessment, and planning.

Degree Program 

The Health Science major is designed to prepare students for careers in the health fields related primarily to health promotion and education, wellness programming, and health care. The curriculum is designed with a foundation in key health science and kinesiology courses that will provide an understanding of principles pertaining to health, exercise, and wellness, as well as planning, programming, and assessment. The major includes quantitative and qualitative coursework that equips undergraduates with a broad understanding of the discipline, preparing them for success in related health careers, as well as various graduate education programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science, students will be able to:

  1. Assess fundamental scientific and social factors impacting the health of an individual, family, and/or community consistent with relevant practices (ULO 1).
  2. Educate, motivate, and apply knowledge toward goals of preventing and reducing the health risks for the individual , family, community, and /or global society, consistent with relevant best practices (ULO 1, ULO 2, ULO 3). 
  3. Synthesize, analyze, and interpret information for critical problem solving to assist populations in promotion of health consistent with relevant best practices (ULO 1, ULO 3).
  4. Integrate a biblical worldview with concepts of lifespan health, disease prevention, healing, and outreach (ULO 1, ULO 2, ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Psychology
Program Courses
KNES 213Scientific Principles of Health and Fitness 13
KNES 301Kinesiology3
KNES 302Exercise Physiology3
KNES 303Exercise Physiology Laboratory1
KNES 307Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
KNES 329Psychology of Exercise and Health3
KNES 337Exercise in Health and Disease3
KNES 350Public Health Principles and Practice3
KNES 440Nutrition and Human Metabolism3
KNES 446Functional Assessment and the Prescription of Exercise3
KNES 447Functional Assessment and Prescription of Exercise Laboratory1
KNES 450Health Behavior3
KNES 452Health Promotion Programming3
KNES 456Health Care Systems3
KNES 458Health Science Practicum1
INCS 430Seminar: Topics in Intercultural Health Care3
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
or PSYC 320 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Total Credits45

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Health Science, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
PSYC 200 (required Beh Sci Core Curr)3BBST 209 or 2103
MATH 210 or 318 (required)3BIOS 2364
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3 
GNST 1021 
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
BBST 3543KNES 3023
KNES 2133KNES 3031
KNES 3293Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Third Year
KNES 3013BBST 3653
KNES 3373ENGL 3133
KNES 3503KNES 3073
KNES 4463PSYC 309 or 3203
KNES 4471Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES 4503Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
KNES 4523BBST 306, 316, or 3263
KNES 4563INCS 4303
KNES 4581KNES 4403
General Elective3General Elective3
 13 15
Total Credits 28