Health Sciences

Major: Health Sciences
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 183.5
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Bachelor’s degree program in Health Sciences at Drexel University exposes students to a wide variety of careers in health care and related professions. Our emphasis on interdisciplinary study, coupled with expert faculty, gives students the opportunity to explore different facets of health-related professions before matriculating to specialized graduate programs or entering the workplace. Whether you are on the fast track to a career in health professions or still finding your path, our Health Sciences Program offers a multitude of options for completing your degree.

What you will learn

The Health Sciences Program offers a rigorous four-year curriculum for students interested in pursuing careers in health-related professions. Courses in health and clinical sciences, research methods, statistics, and healthcare ethics are combined with a core curriculum of mathematics, humanities, and social sciences to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Health care professions are one of the fastest growing job sectors in the United States. There is tremendous demand for trained health care providers at all levels. In the Health Sciences Program, our multidisciplinary approach, flexible curriculum, and co-op experience provide students with a highly competitive edge in the market place and in the pursuit of graduate program admission. Some of the fields Health Sciences graduates can expect to pursue post-graduation include:

  • Rehabilitation Professions
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Speech and language pathology
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Public Health and Health Advocacy
  • Nursing
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Bioethics
  • Health Psychology

Co-op Experience

Drexel University has long been known for its cooperative education programs. As part of the Health Sciences curriculum, students incorporate a six-month co-op experience into their plan of study. This allows students to learn from healthcare leaders at renowned facilities nationwide. By building career-related employment into undergraduate study, students gain work experience, network with healthcare professionals, and hone their clinical and research skills. Some local co-op employers of Health Sciences students include Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Good Shepherd Penn Partners, NovaCare, and many other health care facilities in the region.

Accelerated Options

The Health Sciences program offers accelerated academic tracks for high achieving students to pursue degrees in the Physician Assistant Studies program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the College of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Articulation Agreement Options

Drexel’s Health Sciences Department and Salus University’s Occupational Therapy Department have partnered to offer a BS/MSOT sequential degree program. In the BS/MSOT Option, students first complete a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Health Sciences at Drexel University, then enroll into the 2-year Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Salus University.

Optional Concentration in Exercise Science

The concentration in Exercise Science helps prepare Health Sciences majors for graduate studies in Exercise Physiology. In addition, the concentration provides foundational knowledge and skills for a variety of fitness certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and others. These certifications are often required of graduates interested in seeking employment in the fitness industry.

Drexel Graduate Options in Biomedical Sciences

Graduates of the Health Sciences program may also continue their education in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies which offers over 40 doctoral, master's and professional development programs. These academic programs emphasize real-world experience and help guide students to make career decisions that best fit their abilities and evolving needs.

For more information, visit the Health Sciences Program page at the College of Nursing and Health Professions web site.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Biology Sequence
BIO 131
BIO 134
Cells and Biomolecules
and Cells and Biomolecules Lab
BIO 132
BIO 135
Genetics and Evolution
and Genetics and Evolution Lab
BIO 133
BIO 136
Physiology and Ecology
and Anatomy and Ecology Lab
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
Health Systems
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
Complete 1 of the following courses:3.0
Advanced Health-Care Ethics
Introduction to Health-Systems Administration
Ethics in Health Care Management
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Two Psychology (PSY) and/or Behavioral Health Counseling (BACS) courses (minimum 6.0 credits)6.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Two Sociology (SOC) courses (minimum 8.0 credits)8.0
Three Humanities (HUM, HIST, ANTH, PHIL or language electives) (minimum 9.0 credits)9.0
Public Health
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
One Public Health (PBHL) course (minimum 3.0 credits)3.0
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
HSCI 101Anatomy and Physiology I5.0
HSCI 102Anatomy and Physiology II5.0
HSCI 103Anatomy and Physiology III5.0
Research Courses
HSCI 310Introduction to Research Methods4.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Health Sciences4.0
Statistics and Assessment
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 345Statistics for Health Sciences4.5
Health Sciences electives (HSCI or NFS) *32.0
Free electives19.0
Total Credits183.5

Optional Concentration in Exercise Science

The concentration in Exercise Science helps prepare students for graduate studies in Exercise Physiology. In addition, the concentration provides foundational knowledge and skills for a variety of fitness certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and others. These certifications are often required of graduates interested in seeking employment in the fitness industry.

Students wishing to complete the concentration in Exercise Science must complete the courses listed below as 17.0 of their elective credits.

Required courses:
HSCI 325Exercise Physiology4.0
HSCI 326Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology5.0
Complete 8.0 credits from the following list:8.0
Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology
Senior Research Project
Special Topics in Health Sciences
Nutrition, Foods, and Health
and Introduction to Nutrition & Food
Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Psychology of Physical Activity
Total Credits17.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plans of Study


4 year, 1 co-op 

First Year
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0BIO 132
BIO 135
5.0BIO 133
BIO 136
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5CHEM 1035.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV NH1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1024.0 
Free Elective3.0MATH 1014.0  
 15.5 17.5 17 0
Second Year
BIO 2265.0COOP 101**1.0COM 3203.0SOC 1013.0
HSCI 1015.0HSCI 1025.0HSAD 2103.0PSY Elective3.0
HSCI 3454.5PSY 1013.0HSCI 3104.0Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0HSCI 1035.0Health Sciences Elective*3.0
 Health Sciences Elective*4.0  
 17.5 16 15 12
Third Year
COOP Experience**COOP Experience**PBHL 1013.0HSCI 2014.0
  HSCI 3154.0Health Sciences Electives*4.0
  Health Sciences Elective3.0Sociology Elective4.0
  One of the following:3.0Free Elective 3.0
 0 0 13 15
Fourth Year
ECON 2404.0Health Sciences Elective3.0Health Sciences Electives*6.0 
Health Sciences Electives*7.0Humanities/Social Science Electives6.0Humanities/Social Science Electives3.0 
Free Elective3.0Sociology Elective4.0PBHL Elective3.0 
 Free Elective*3.0PSY Elective3.0 
 14 16 15 
Total Credits 183.5

3 year, 1 co-op

First Year
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0BIO 132
BIO 135
5.0BIO 133
BIO 136
5.0PSY 1013.0
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5CHEM 1035.0SOC 1013.0
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0Health Science Electives6.0
UNIV NH1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1024.0Humanities Elective3.0
Humanities Elective3.0MATH 1014.0Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0   
 18.5 17.5 20 18
Second Year
BIO 2265.0COOP 101*1.0COM 3203.0One of the following:3.0
HSCI 1015.0HSCI 3104.0HSCI 1035.0
HSCI 3454.5HSCI 1025.0HSAD 2103.0
Humanities Elective3.0PSY Elective3.0Health Sciences Elective4.0
 Health Sciences Electives6.0Free Elective 3.0PBHL 1013.0
   Health Sciences Elective4.0
   PSY Elective3.0
   Sociology Elective4.0
   Free Elective2.0
 17.5 19 18 19
Third Year
  HSCI 3154.0Health Sciences Electives6.0
  Health Sciences Electives5.0Sociology Elective4.0
  Public Health Elective3.0Free Elective3.0
  Free elective3.0 
 0 0 19 17
Total Credits 183.5


The College of Nursing and Health Professions is located on Drexel University’s Center City Campus. Students have access to the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) which utilizes patient actors and automated simulation manikins to mimic real-life human physiology. The CICSP provides undergraduate Health Sciences students the opportunity to learn assessment and communication skills in a controlled setting. The College of Nursing and Health Professions also maintains the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a comprehensive, community-based health center, where students have unique opportunities to observe and participate in health care delivery.

Health Sciences Faculty

William D'Andrea, MS, BS Pharm, CCP (MCP Hahnemann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
David Ebaugh, PT, PhD (Drexel University) Director, Human Anatomy Lab. Clinical Professor. Physical Therapy, identification and treatment of underlying neuromusculoskeletal factors associated with rotator cuff disease.
Mary Elizabeth Flynn, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, genetics
Alan Haroian, PhD (St. Louis University). Associate Teaching Professor. Examination of the normal afferent and efferent connections of the mouse cerebella nuclei.
Michael L. Kirifides, PhD (Hahnemann University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Intracellular electrophysiology, ratiometric calcium imaging, flourescence microscopy and flow cytometry.
Margery A. Lockard, PT, PhD (Hahnemann University). Clinical Professor. Orthopedic/musculoskeletal physical therapy; management of patients using prosthetic and orthotic devices; and anatomy and physiology.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Janell L. Mensinger, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Teaching Professor. Behavioral health promotion strategies, treating obesity, clinical research methods, statistics. Body perception, obesity and eating disorders.
R. Peter Meyer, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Quantitative microscopy studies.
Krista L. Rompolski, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Teaching Professor. Interventions to prevent and treat diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy.
Joseph A. Rubertone, MPT, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Connectivity of vestibular nuclear complex, brain tumor imaging, and clinical studies pertaining to the effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation.
Sinclair A. Smith, MS, DSc (Boston University) Chair, Health Sciences. Professor. The use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and near infrared spectroscopy to non-invasively study neuromuscular metabolism in humans; creatine supplementation on mitochondrial respiration; weight training studies.
Vincent J. Zarro, MD, PhD (Hahnemann Medical College). Clinical Associate Professor. Community and preventative medicine.
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