General Department Information
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 provides 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. Learn more about the degree program at catalog.ucf.edu.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences major is a four-year degree program that includes 120 credit hours. Students who transfer with an AA degree from a Florida public state college or university complete the degree in an average of two to three years.
Some courses in the major are offered both face-to-face and online. The majority of courses are offered face-to-face in a lecture format. To identify the mode of instruction for a particular course,, visit my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and select Search at the top left of the page.
The majority of the courses in the major are offered in the morning and afternoon. Very few courses are offered in the evening. To find the times and days that courses are offered, visit my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and select Search at the top left of the page. Use the search options to modify your selections.
The Health Sciences major only offers courses at the Orlando campus.
Yes, the Health Sciences Internship (HSC 4943) is available as a 3-credit restricted elective course. Enrollment is by application only, and juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences major may apply. To learn more about the internship click here. If you have any questions, please contact our Health Sciences internship coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-823-4096.
Students also are encouraged to get involved with student organizations. These organizations can provide opportunities for leadership development, service, and networking. Visit the Clubs & Organizations section of our website for a list of health-related student organizations. Students also may speak with the office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising and Career Services for more information about opportunities.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences provides foundational preparation for a variety of medical/health-related careers including, but not limited to, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy, as well as admission to clinically-focused graduate degree programs and programs with an emphasis on public health and/or health promotion. Students also may meet with Career Services to learn about other career opportunities.
Students are welcome to schedule an appointment with a Department of Health Sciences academic advisor to explore their career and graduate school options. Websites and additional resources on various medical/health-related professions and careers, as well as graduate program prerequisites, can be found on the Career and Post-Graduate Planning section of our website. Students also may meet with the offices of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising or Career Services for advising related to health professions in career exploration and graduate school requirements.
UCF does not offer a program in occupational therapy or physician assistant; however, the curriculum for the Health Sciences major includes pre-requisite courses needed for entrance into these programs. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning section of our website to find universities that offer these and other graduate programs. The office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising also can provide information regarding these programs.
UCF does not offer an undergraduate or graduate program in nutrition. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning section of our website to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered.
Appointments with the academic advisors can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising Office by calling 407-823-0946. Students also are welcome to email the academic advisors at email@example.com. Additional advising information can be found on the Academic Advising section of our website.
The major does not have any prerequisites that need to be completed prior to starting the major; however, there are two tracks within the major with different requirements, the Health Promotion track and the Pre-clinical track.
- The Health Promotion track is an open access track. That means there are no prerequisites to declare this track. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or above for
- The Pre-clinical track is a restricted access track. That means students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above to declare this track. Students wishing to pursue this track will be placed in pending status until their GPA is reviewed. Students meeting the requirements, will be admitted to the Pre-clinical track. No additional application is required. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation from the Pre-clinical track.
For assistance with selecting a track, you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor.
Prospective students must apply online via UCF Admissions for admission to UCF as an undergraduate student. As part of the application process, prospective students can declare Health Sciences as their major. Once admission to UCF is granted, no additional application is required for students pursuing the Health Promotion track. Students wishing to pursue the Pre-clinical track, must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. For assistance with selecting a track, students must schedule an appointment with a Health Sciences academic advisor. Applicants should review the Undergraduate Admissions website (admissions.ucf.edu), as well as the current Undergraduate Catalog for information on UCF entrance requirements and instructions for completing the online application process. Please refer all questions about admissions to the Undergraduate Admissions at 407-823-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once admitted to UCF, courses can be verified individually for equivalency by a Health Sciences academic advisor. (A course syllabus will be required).
It is strongly recommended that students wishing to transfer to the Health Sciences major at UCF complete an AA degree from a Florida public state college or university. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements. Students should be aware that not all transferred courses (within the AA degree or not) will count as courses for the major.
The Health Sciences major has two tracks: Health Promotion and Pre-clinical. Students should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. The Health Promotion track is open access, so any student in the major may declare this track. Students in the Health Promotion track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-clinical track requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to enter and graduate from the track. Students interested in pursuing the Pre-clinical track are listed as “pending” until their GPA is reviewed. No additional application is required for the Pre-clinical track.
Yes. Students should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. The Health Promotion track is for students interested in pursuing careers such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Environmental Health, and others. The Pre-clinical track is specifically for students pursuing Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, and more. It also can be used for careers listed in the Health Promotion track. The Health Promotion track is open access. Students in the Health Promotion track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-clinical track is restricted access and requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to enter and graduate from the track.
No. Selecting a track depends on the student’s interests and goals. Both tracks offer a wide variety of restricted elective courses and career paths. To learn more about the track requirements and career options, meet with a Health Sciences academic advisor.
Restricted electives should be selected based on graduate and/or career goals. Restricted electives are determined based on tracks (i.e., Health Promotion or Pre-clinical) and may not be interchanged. Students must select restricted electives that appear in the catalog and/or myKnight Audit for their declared track only.
Appointments with an academic advisor can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising Office at 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising section of our website.
Transferred courses that do not appear on your myKnight Audit as meeting a requirement for the major will need to be reviewed by a Health sciences academic advisor for equivalency. A course syllabus must be provided. If equivalency is verified, a substitution may be processed. Call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment or e-mail email@example.com.
To access your myKnight Audit, log on to my.ucf.edu, select Student Self Service, and click on the drop down box on the left side of the page. It is extremely important to become familiar with and learn how to read your myKnight audit.
The department highly recommends that matriculated students complete the remaining courses needed for the major at UCF. Current UCF students in the major can “go transient” for certain courses if they meet the university’s residency requirement. You must verify with your Health Sciences academic advisor that the course will count towards your requirements. Please refer to the Registrar’s Office for more information on the transient student process.
Yes. The Health Sciences minor is designed to increase students’ knowledge in the areas of health care, health promotion, and disease prevention. It may prove beneficial to students seeking future employment within the healthcare arena and for students applying to various health-related academic programs. This minor is only available to students currently enrolled at UCF. For more information about the minor, please contact Mr. L. Timothy Worrell at 407-823-5236 or L.TimothyWorrell@ucf.edu.
- Health Sciences Academic Advising: Provides academic advising for current students in the major and prospective Health Sciences students. The Health Sciences academic advisors can assist students with information about the major, schedule planning, selecting a track, restricted elective options, possible course substitutions, override information, and transfer course equivalencies.
- Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL): Assists pre-professional students in any undergraduate major by offering advising for students interested in careers in any health profession. Services include career exploration, required courses for graduate schools, volunteer/shadowing opportunities, internships, graduate program admission tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT, DAT, and others), and application materials, as well as seminars and related workshops.