Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

Health Science (HLS) with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (HBS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.0000 (Track 1 of 7)

College of Arts & Sciences

http://biology.usf.edu/cmmb/undergrad/health/

Major Description

This degree program is designed for those interested in health science, the health care industry and the allied health professions. The degree has a flexible curriculum so students can choose an area of specialization to suit their career interests. Career choices after graduation include working in health related nonprofit organizations, governmental and community agencies, medical records, patient education, geriatric care settings, diagnostic laboratories, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and wellness facilities and businesses. Students graduating with this degree may enter the workforce or continue their education in a variety of fields that might include advanced degree programs in Health Management, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Health Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Communication Disorders and Social Work to name a few. (This degree has a greater social sciences, business and humanities focus than the more natural science and mathematics intensive degrees required for the professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine; for these see the health professions section in this catalog).

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The state mandated prerequisites are included in the core requirements for the degree.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • BSC XXXXC or BSC X007/X007L or BSC X005/X005L or BSC X010/X010L
  • MAC X105
  • PSY X012
  • STA XXX or STA X023 or STA X014
  • DEP X053 or DEP X004 or DEP X000 or CLP X140
  • APK X0105C or BSC X085/X085L or (BSC X093 and BSC X094)
  • ENC X210 or ENC X254

Total Major Hours: 65 Hours

Major Core Courses - 35 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 30 Hours

Students must choose 30 credit hours total, depending on the student's career goals these can be 30 credits from one concentration or a combination of two different concentrations with 15 credits from each.

Mental Health Cluster
  • MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
  • MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
  • MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral HC Treatment
  • MHS 4931 Selected Topics
  • MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Behavioral Healthcare
Substance Abuse Cluster
  • MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
  • MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
  • MHS 4931 Selected Topics
  • MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Behavioral Healthcare
  • PSB 3444 Drugs and Behavior

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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