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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences Major, B.S. (Human Health Concentration)

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College of Public Health

Department of Health Sciences

Human Health Concentration

Box 70673
Johnson City, TN 37614

The mission of the Department of Health Sciences is to offer a quality educational experience which provides a fundamental knowledge of the basic sciences; to develop student communication skills; fosters enthusiasm for continued learning; to encourage a strong program of scholarly activities; and to promote a spirit of cooperation among members of the academic community and with the community-at-large.

The Department of Health Sciences, located in Lamb Hall, is a multidisciplinary department offering a variety of courses concerning those sciences relevant to or implicating the human body and human health, e.g.: Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiological Sciences. The department offers a B.S. degree in Health Sciences with concentrations in Microbiology or in Human Health. In addition, the department offers minors in Health Sciences. The department also has a joint graduate program with the Department of Biological Sciences and offers a M.S. degree in Biological sciences with a concentration in Microbiology.

The purpose of the Human Health Concentration is to provide a “human-centric” program with exposure to current concepts, laboratory techniques, and disease prevention/health care recommendations and protocols. The concentration emphasizes anatomy, physiology, disease, and human health. The graduates with a Microbiology concentration are qualified to be employed as technicians in academic or industrial research laboratories or pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.


General Admission Requirements for Human Health Concentration

The following admission standards apply to all entering ETSU students, to ETSU students seeking to change to a Human Health major, to students transferring from other institutions, and to students readmitted to ETSU.

  1. The student must have completed and earned a grade of “C” or higher in each of the following courses:
  BIOL 1110/1111 Biology for Science Majors I/Lab I
  BIOL 1120/1121 Biology for Science majors I/Lab II*
  CHEM 1110/1111 General Chemistry I/lab I
  CHEM 1120/1121 General Chemistry II/Lab II
  MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics
  HSCI 3000 Human Anatomy**
 * BIOL 1130/1131 may substitute for BIOL 1120/1121
 ** Students intending to apply for Honor-in-Discipline in ‘Human Health’ concentration need not complete this requirement as they will need to complete an honors section of ‘Human Anatomy’ upon acceptance to the ‘Honors-in-Discipline’ program.
  1. Students will be given two chances to earn a grade of “C” or higher in the above courses. After two unsuccessful attempts the student will be ineligible for admission to the program.

  2. The student must also have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all courses. Once admitted to the program the student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all science courses or they will be dismissed from the program. It is strongly recommended that students consult the “Human Health Suggested Course Sequence” document.

Each student planning to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a Human Health Concentration must apply for admission to the program. They are eligible to apply upon completion of the following admission requirements.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Human Health Concentration Required Courses: 15 Credit Hours

Human Health Concentration Disciplinary Guided Electives: 20 Credit Hours

 (chosen in consultation with advisor)

Human Health Concentration Interdisciplinary Guided Electives: 18 Credit Hours

 (Chosen in consultation with advisor.)

Minor: no minor required

Free Electives: 3-6 Credit Hours

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