Health Sciences


Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP)
Westbrook College of Health Professions


Heath R. Pierce M.Ed., RSCC*D, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, ACSM EP-C
Assistant Dean, Westbrook College of Health Professions


The Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Sciences reflects the University’s commitment as a health sciences institution dedicated to innovation for a healthier planet. The mission of the Health Sciences degree is to develop caring, collaborative graduates prepared to apply initiatives in health promotion in a variety of settings.

Major Description

The B.S. in Health Sciences is designed to provide students with a generalist exploratory science degree. The study of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and nutrition promotes a comprehensive foundation for analyzing human health and disease. Exploration in the social/behavioral sciences, including psychology and sociology, emphasizes theories addressing human behavior, lifespan development, and sociocultural considerations. The examination of ethics, research methods, and collaborative interprofessional practice reveals the complex and dynamic nature of health and healthcare delivery. The curriculum is anchored in the Westbrook College of Health Professions Common Curriculum, providing students with opportunities to engage in the liberal arts and science. Completion of this degree does not lead to licensure in any health discipline or field and provides an excellent foundation for advanced study in the health professions.

Admission to the program is limited to matriculated UNE students and requires permission from the Westbrook College of Health Professions Dean’s office.

Curricular Requirements

Year One (1) Courses Credits
BIO 104 – General Biology or BIO 105 – Biology I: Ecology/Evolution or BIO 106 – Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
BIO 208 – Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 110 – English Composition 3–4
IHS 130 – Health Profession First Year Experience 3
MAT 120 – Statistics or MAT 150 – Statistics for Life Sciences 3
PSY 105 – Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 150 – Introduction to Sociology 3
One (1) Creative Arts Course (ART/MUS/ART) 3
One (1) Explorations Course (EXP course attribute) 3
Total 29–30
Year Two (2) Courses Credits
BIO 209 – Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 309 – Pathophysiology 3
CHE 110 – General Chemistry I or CHE 111 – General Chemistry II orCHE 130 – Principles of Chemistry 4
HWOS 305 – Introduction to OT and Professions 3
IHS 210 – Methods of Scholarly Inquiry 3
IHS 310 – Ethics for Interprofessional Practice 3
PSY 205 – Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 250 – Lifespan Development 3
One (1) Social Global Awareness Course (SGA course attribute) 3
Total 29
Years Three (3) and Four (4) Credits
BIO 404 – Neuroscience or BIO 242 – Applied Microbiology or PHY 110 – General Physics 4
HWOS 316 – Research Methods or ATC 420 – Research Methods or PUB 305 – Research Methods in Public Hlt 3
NUTR 220 – Nutrition 3
One (1) Advanced Studies Course (ADV course attribute) 3
General Electives 48–49
Total 61–62
Degree Total 120

Academic and Technical Standards

Students in the B.S. in Health Sciences major are subject to University undergraduate academic standards.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Health Sciences major, students will be able to:

  • Apply biological, physical, and disciplinary sciences in the study of human health and disease.
  • Analyze the influence of environment, individual/community behavior, and culture on health and well-being.
  • Evaluate scientific literature and evidence-based practice approaches that address health-related issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and behaviors consistent with professional practice.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and interprofessional communication skills and abilities.

Transfer Credit

See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


Admission to the program is limited to matriculated UNE students and requires permission of the Westbrook College of Health Professions Dean’s Office.

Financial Information

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.