Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

UCF Department of Health Sciences


The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health who plan to pursue careers in medicine, other health professions, and health promotion. The curriculum is divided into two career-focused tracks: Pre-clinical and Health Promotion. These tracks provide students with a solid educational background encompassing required core science courses and application-oriented courses that provide a strong foundation for advanced degree programs in medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, public health, and others.

The core curriculum provides a foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, and social sciences. Upper-level core requirements focus on areas such as research methods, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology. Additional elective courses allow students the flexibility to fulfill required prerequisites for graduate and professional programs they may wish to pursue.

Advising for Health Science Majors

The Health Sciences Academic Advising Office provides advising for current students in the major and prospective students. Our academic advisors can assist students with the following:

  • Information on the program
  • Selecting a track
  • Schedule planning
  • Career exploration
  • Restricted elective options
  • Course substitutions
  • Transfer course equivalencies
  • Possible course overrides
  • Registration assistance

Prospective students are required to schedule an advising appointment. This is required to ensure that Health Sciences academic advisors have time to review important program information with you.

Hours & Location

Monday – Friday
9:00am – 4:30pm by appointment only

Health and Public Affairs II – Room 210

Peer Advisors

The Health Sciences Peer Advisors can assist students with general questions including, but not limited to, information about the program, degree audit, and registration.

The Health Sciences peer advisors only assist students during walk-in hours. Hours are subject to change each term.

Hours & Location

Monday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Health and Public Affairs II – Room 206


Applications for the Summer 2020 Health Sciences Internship (HSC 4943) will be available on February 1, 2020. The application deadline is February 15, 2020.

Students interested in enrolling in the 3-credit-hour Health Sciences Internship course must submit an application. All prerequisites (below) must be met. The internship experience focuses on clinical shadowing, research, and/or community outreach.

The following prerequisites must be met:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above; however, preference will be given to students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Minimum junior standing (60 credit hours completed).
  • Successful completion of Pathophysiology I (HSC 4555) and/or Pathophysiology II (HSC 4558) prior to the semester in which the internship is to be completed.
  • Students interested in research-focused internship experiences, must complete Applied Health Research Methodology (HSC 4730), or if their catalog year is prior to Summer 2017, they must have completed Health Sciences Research Methods (HSA 4702).

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