Health Science: Bachelor of Science Major
The B.Sc. in Health Science program is designed to prepare students for public and private sector careers in health research, health practice, health product production and distribution, and health management. It also prepares students for entry into schools of health or graduate studies.
The objectives of the degree are as follows:
- To provide students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences together with writing and critical thinking skills.
- To provide students with a broad knowledge of the various health professions involved in the Canadian health system.
- To equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in health service delivery, health research, production and distribution of health products, and other health-related fields.
- To provide students with the educational prerequisites necessary for entry into a) post graduate degrees in the sciences, and b) qualified health professional programs (e.g. medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, medical technical programs, pharmacy).
- To provide students with the opportunity to integrate an understanding of complementary medicine (e.g., naturopathy, traditional Asian medicine) with the basic sciences.
The B.Sc. in Health Science is designed around a core of required basic science and health science courses, complemented by health science and open electives that provide graduates with a solid science foundation but also with critical health research, communication, and management skills for future success.
Please note that the first and second year courses required in the program are normally available on both Richmond and Surrey campuses. However, the courses with the prefix "HSCI" will be offered on the Surrey campus only.
This degree program will appeal to individuals with a strong interest in life sciences and human biology and those who wish to pursue a career in the wide variety of health care fields.
Students who are successful in this program are likely to be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic and have well-developed oral and written communication skills.
The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.
Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Science and Horticulture degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- In good academic standing with the University
- Completion of a minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following:
- 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
- BIOL 1110 with a minimum grade of “C”
- BIOL 1210 with a minimum grade of “C”
- CHEM 1110 with a minimum grade of “B” or CHEM 1210 with a minimum grade of “C”
- MATH 1120 with a minimum grade of “C” or MATH 1130 with a minimum grade of “C”
- HSCI 1115 with a minimum grade of “C”
- HSCI 1220 with a minimum grade of “C”
All students must meet the following minimum requirements for a Bachelor of Science at KPU:
- 120 credits from a minimum of 40 courses (at least 3 credits each) at the 1100 level or higher.
- 45 credits from a minimum of 15 courses at the 3000 level or higher, including 9 credits at the 4000 level.
- 18 credits of breadth electives (see Electives below) including:
- at least 12 credits from courses that are offered outside the Faculty of Science & Horticulture; and
- up to 6 credits from fields of science not prescribed in the Major requirements; and
- 3 credits from a course at the 3000 level or higher.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- At least 50% of all courses for the BSc, and at least 66% of upper-level courses for the BSc, must be completed at KPU.
Health Science Major
The Health Science Major requires the completion of a minimum of 133 credits, including the following specific course requirements.
|BIOL 1110||Introductory Biology I||4 credits|
|BIOL 1210||Introductory Biology II||4 credits|
|CHEM 1110||The Structure of Matter||4 credits|
|CHEM 1210||Chemical Energetics and Dynamics||4 credits|
|ENGL 1100||Introduction to University Writing||3 credits|
|HSCI 1115||Introduction to Health Science||3 credits|
|HSCI 1220||Health Science Writing||3 credits|
|MATH 1130||Calculus for Life Sciences I||3 credits|
|MATH 1230||Calculus for Life Sciences II||3 credits|
And one of:
|MATH 1135||Problems and Concepts||3 credits|
|PHIL 1145||Critical Thinking||3 credits|
|PHIL 1155||Introduction to Scientific Reasoning||3 credits|
|SOCI 1125||Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures||3 credits|
|BIOL 2321||Cell Biology||4 credits|
|BIOL 2421||Cellular Biochemistry||3 credits|
|CHEM 2320||Organic Chemistry I||4 credits|
|CHEM 2420||Organic Chemistry II||4 credits|
|HSCI 2220||Medical Terminology||3 credits|
|PHYS 1101||Physics for Life Sciences I||4 credits|
|PHYS 1102||Physics for Life Sciences II||4 credits|
|SOCI 2280||Sociology of Health and Illness||3 credits|
|Elective||(see Electives below)||3 credits|
And one of:
|ANTH 1100||Social & Cultural Anthropology||3 credits|
|PSYC 1100||Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes||3 credits|
|BIOL 2320||Genetics||4 credits|
|BIOL 2330||Microbiology||4 credits|
|BIOL 3160||Foundational Concepts in Human Anatomy & Physiology||4 credits|
|BIOL 3180||Research Methodology||3 credits|
|BIOL 3321||Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology||4 credits|
|BIOL 4160||Human Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems||4 credits|
|MATH 2335||Statistics for Life Sciences||3 credits|
|PHIL 3010||Health Care Ethics||3 credits|
And one of:
|BIOL 3320||Molecular Genetics||4 credits|
|CHEM 3320||Natural Products Chemistry||4 credits|
|HSCI 3205||Health Law (under development)||3 credits|
|HSCI 3215||Complementary Medicine||3 credits|
|HSCI 3225||Nutrition||3 credits|
|BIOL 3421||Molecular Biochemistry||3 credits|
|BIOL 4260||Human Neural, Excretory and Endocrine Systems||4 credits|
|BIOL 4360||Human Immune and Reproductive Systems||4 credits|
|HSCI 4380||Critical Evaluation||3 credits|
|HSCI 4900||Special Topics (under development)||3 credits|
|Elective||At the 1100 level or higher (see Electives below)||3 credits|
|Elective||At the 3000 level or higher (see Electives below)||3 credits|
And one of:
|BIOL 3330||Microbiology II||4 credits|
|BIOL 4320||Human Genetics||3 credits|
|CHEM 4320||Drug Discovery, Design & Development||4 credits|
|HSCI 4130||Pharmacology (under development)||3 credits|
|HSCI 4135||Herbal Medicines and Natural Health Products (under development)||3 credits|
|HSCI 4140||Gerontology (under development)||3 credits|
And two of:
|BIOL 4245||Developmental Biology||4 credits|
|BIOL 4255||Bioinformatics||3 credits|
|HSCI 4245||Populations and Policy||3 credits|
|HSCI 4250||Health Business (under development)||3 credits|
As part of this program, students must choose 9 credits of elective courses. These choices, together with the prescribed courses, must satisfy the General Requirements for 18 credits of breadth as stated above. The following courses are recommended as electives:
Courses with considerable content overlap may only be counted once towards degree completion. These include:
- BIOL 1112 or BIOL 1210
- ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1104
- ENVI 1106 or CHEM 1110
- ENVI 1206 or CHEM 1154 or CHEM 1210
- CHEM 2311 or CHEM 3310
- MATH 1120 or MATH 1130 or MATH 1140
- MATH 1220 or MATH 1230
- MATH 2335 or MATH 2341
- PHYS 1101 or PHYS 1120
- PHYS 1102 or PHYS 1220
Upon successful completion of the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science, Major in Health Science.
At a Glance
Faculty of Science and Horticulture
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
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