Dec 02, 2023  
2023-2024 APU Catalog 
2023-2024 APU Catalog

Health Sciences, B.S.

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The B.S. in Health Sciences at APU prepares students to work in health-related fields in several capacities and/or prepares them for graduate study in the health sciences.  The program emphasizes cultural safety and is rooted in cultural awareness, cultural competence, and cultural responsiveness.  Major studies within Health Sciences are supplemented by one of four concentrations: Pre-Health, Pre-Nursing, Behavioral Health, Healthcare Management, and Sport Science.

Foundational Studies (34-40 credits)

  • EC Written Communication** (WRIT 20100) (4)
  • EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
  • CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
  • CT Computation** (MT 10100, MT 11000, BA 10500, or higher placement) (3-4) †
  • CH Intellectual Traditions (from 10000-20000 level PH/HI) (4)
  • CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 level HUM) (4)
  • CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4)
  • SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab) (4) †
  • SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4)
  • EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
  • EE Personal Responsibility (from 10000-20000 OS/PE or BA 20400) (1-2)

           [† Foundational Studies requirement satisfied in the Major Studies]
           [ ** Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]
           [Pre-Nursing contains merged Foundational Studies requirements; please refer to the ADN Program  for details]

Health Science Concentrations

Sport Science (38 credits)

The Concentration in Sports Science prepares students to positively contribute to the fields of  wellness and physical fitness as professionals.  The concentration is interdisciplinary incorporating APU’s Liberal Studies core as a basis for further study in health sciences, natural sciences,  health and wellness, outdoor studies, and business. Indigenous knowledge will be incorporated as a component of course requirements and course content.

The program is aimed at current and future students and athletes with interest in developing careers in competitive and recreational sports and exercise professions.  The program prepares students for further degrees and credentials such as Physician Assistant,  Physical Therapy, EMT/Paramedic, and graduate school in sports related disciplines. 

The program will be applied and experiential in nature utilizing APU’s campus and Southcentral Alaska’s abundant physical and human resources.  APU’s growing online presence will allow students flexibility in scheduling. 

General Electives (19-29)

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 128

Note: Students in other majors may complete the Pre-Health concentration to fulfill the Pre-Med Interdisciplinary Concentration.

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