Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Health Sciences (HLS) with a concentration in Aging Health Studies (HAH)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.0000

College of Arts & Sciences


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 greater flexibility and students may have more exposure to social science, business and humanities courses than the more natural science and mathematics intensive degrees sometimes 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 an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

  • BSC XXXXC or BSC X007/X007L or BSC X005/X005L or BSC X010/X010L
  • MAC X105
  • PSY X012
  • STA XXXX 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: 64 Hours

Major Core Courses - 34 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.

  • BSC 3022 Biology of Aging
  • GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging
  • GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults
  • GEY 4360 Counseling for Older Adults
  • GEY 4507 Understanding Policies and Practices of Long Term Care
  • GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
  • GEY 4628 Health, Ethnicity, and Aging
  • GEY 4641 Death and Dying
  • GEY 4935 Special Topics in Gerontology*
  • HSC 4211 Health, Behavior & Society
  • HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Healthcare
  • LIS 4930 Selected Topics in Information Studies*
  • MHS 4931 Selected Topics*
  • PAD 4930 Special Topics in Public Administration and Public Policy*
  • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics
  • SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System
  • SPA 3002 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders

*See Health Sciences Advisor for approval.

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