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BS Degree - Code #2564

Dr. Kathryn Link, Program Coordinator
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The Bachelor of Science in health sciences program is a rigorous four-year baccalaureate degree in biological sciences designed to satisfy requirements for students entering health care professions or graduate-level biomedical research. Students in the program will be exposed to a rich offering of liberal arts courses and will advance from basic biology, chemistry, and physics courses to upper-level courses in biology, chemistry, health care, and research. The program further provides opportunities to select from a wide range of health-related technical electives to enhance and broaden the student’s expertise. These will prepare the graduate for working with future colleagues from the health care professions and the diverse population that will require their services. In addition, this program will prepare the graduate to seek transfer options to graduate-level or initial professional degree programs.


  • Students will build a solid foundation in biology and chemistry courses.
  • Students will be able to internally, seamlessly transfer from Alfred State’s biological science – AAS degree.
  • Students will further advance knowledge and skills in biology, chemistry, health care, and research through courses, including microbiology, genetics, bio-techniques, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, culture of health care, ethical issues in health care, and research methods.
  • Students will have the opportunity to enhance and broaden their training by selecting from a list of approved health-related technical electives such as advanced pharmacology, complementary and alternative medicine, genomics, instrumental analysis, medical anthropology, and more.
  • Students will conceptualize and implement their knowledge and skills through a directed research experience or professional internship.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  1. Apply the scientific principles of chemistry, biology, and physics to specific applications in health sciences.
  2. Explain and show competency in basic biological and chemical laboratory procedures.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities, use, potential, and limitations of various laboratory instrumental techniques widely utilized in health sciences.
  4. Recognize and use appropriate professional and ethical behavior as defined by the health sciences community.
  5. Evaluate scientific literature to distinguish fact from opinion, develop informed and reasonable conclusions, apply knowledge and understanding to problems, develop rational and reasonable interpretations, suspend beliefs and remain open to new information and methods, and assimilate information learned into knowledge base.
  6. Use technological resources effectively and appropriately to communicate, collaborate, and retrieve information; determine when technology is useful; and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems.
  7. Apply written communication skills to construct documents of record that are well organized and contain appropriate format, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling in accordance with established professional guidelines.
  8. Apply oral communication skills to the explanation of ideas, scientific terminology, and results of scientific examinations in a competent and confident manner.
  9. Synthesize theory and concepts from the liberal arts education domain and other professions into health sciences.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Biology technologist
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Pharmaceutical technician
  • Environmental health safety officer
  • Food scientist
  • Biomedical researcher

Future Educational Opportunities

  • Medicine
  • Physician assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Pharmacy
  • Audiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Clinical psychology
  • Environmental science
  • Graduate level biology, chemistry, or biomedical science

Employment Statistics

New program – no data available

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Internship Opportunities

  • Academic or industrial research laboratory
  • Health care or clinical laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Health care practitioner’s office

Entrance Requirements/recommendations 

Specific high school course requirements and recommendations are:

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Physics

Technical Standards

Students must possess fine motor skills that allow them to focus a microscope with fine adjustment and use forceps.

Graduation Requirements

  • 124 total semester credit hours
  • 74 semester credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from 7 of the 10 SUNY General Education Categories
  • 48 upper-division credit hours
  • 42 upper-division credit hours in the major
  • Minimum of 30 upper-division credit hours in residence
  • 3 credit hours of research or internship
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Grade of “C” or higher in core courses with BIOL, CHEM or HLTH prefixes
  • Approval of department faculty

Health Sciences – BS Degree



BIOL 1104 General Biology I 4
CHEM 1984 Chemical Principles I 4
MATH xxx3 Math Elective (MATH 1033 or higher) 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
HLTH 1101 Intro to Health Sciences 1
BIOL 1101 Topics in General Biology 1


BIOL 2204 General Biology II 4
CHEM 2984 Chemical Principles II 4
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3



BIOL 5254 Principles of Microbiology 4
CHEM 3514 Organic Chemistry I 4
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
  xxx3 Open Elective 3
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3



BIOL 6534 Genetics 4
CHEM 4524 Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
  xxx3 General Education Elective 3
HLTH 2111 Health Sciences Seminar 
BIOL 2111 Biological Sciences Seminar 1



CHEM 7784 Biochemistry 4
NURS 5003 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
PHYS 1044 College Physics I 4
BIOL 8823 Research Mthds in Hlth Science 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3


HLTH 5233 The Culture of Healthcare 3
PHYS 2044 College Physics II 4
  xxx3 Open Elective 3
  xxx3 Open Elective 3
  xxx3 Technical Elective Upper 3



BIOL 6003 Molecular and Cell Biology 3
BIOL 5013 Biotechniques 3
  xxx3 Open Elective 3
  xxx3 Technical Elective 3
  xxx3 Technical Elective Upper 3




  xxx3 Technical Elective 3
  xxx3 Open Elective Upper 3
  xxx3 Technical Elective Upper  3
  xxx3 Technical Elective Upper  3
BIOL 8803 Senior Research Project 3
HLTH 8813 Professional Internship in Health Sciences 

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship.

Technical Electives:

BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2633 Histotechniques 3
BIOL 2803 Environmental Science 3
BIOL 4403 Pathophysiology 3
ENVR 4413 Environmental Law 3
ENVR 4424 Envirnmntl Chem & Microbiology 4
HLTH 1013 Essentials of Exercise Physiol 3
HLTH 1113 Biology of Human Sexuality 3
HLTH 1313 Nutrition 3
MATH 1084 Calculus I 4
MATH 2094 Calculus II 4
MEDR 1132 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
MEDR 1133 Medical Terminology 3
PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
PSYC 2093 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCI 1233 Gerontology  3

Technical Electives Upper:

ANTH 5333 Medical Anthropology 3
BIOL 5003 Genomics 3
BIOL 6403 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
CHEM 5414 Analytical Principles 4
CHEM 6614 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 6854 Physical Chemistry 4
NURS 7033 Healthy Aging in Rural Areas 3
NURS 8003 Informtcs&Tech App in Hlthcare 3
HLTH 5113 Complementary & Altv Medicine 3
HLTH 6113 Diet and Disease 3
PSYC 5093 Health Psychology 3
MATH 6104 Multivariate & Vector Calculus 4
MATH 6114 Differential Equations 4