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Health Sciences

The Health Sciences major offers students opportunities to explore coursework in a range of disciplines related to human health.

A major in Health Sciences consists of the Health Sciences Core, four directed electives, one additional elective, the Health Sciences Senior Seminar, and requires a minimum of 49 credits.

Health Sciences Core (25 credits):
BI 110 Biological Investigation OR BI 107 Human Biology
*CH 110 General Chemistry
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
PS 276 Lifespan Development OR PS 346 Abnormal Psychology
BI 215 Medical Terminology (1 credit)
BI 315 Anatomy and Physiology I
BI 316 Anatomy and Physiology II
*Requires MA 133 or equivalent.

Directed electives (16 credits): In consultation with their advisors, students choose four electives at or above the 200-level from at least two different disciplines from the following list:
BI 207 Molecular Genetics
BI 245 Microbiology
BI 342 Parasitology
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I
CH 211 Quantitative Analysis
KI 225 Nutrition
KI 335 Personal Wellness and Fitness
KI 340 Exercise Physiology
KI 232 Motor Development
KI 308 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
NU 250 Nursing Fundament
PS 261 Neuropharmacology: Drugs and Behavior
PS 275 Child Development
PS 276 Lifespan Development (if not taken as part of the Health Sciences Core)
PS 312 Adolescent Psychology
PS 346 Abnormal Psychology ((if not taken as part of the Health Sciences Core)
PY 225 College Physics I
PY 226 College Physics II

One additional social science/humanities elective selected from (4 credits):
CO 226 - Intercultural Communication
CO 381 - Health Communication
EN 145 - Literature and Science
HI 234 - Sex, Science, and the Female Body
PH 115 - Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
RE 104 - Christianity and Diversity
RE 200 - Interfaith Studies
*SO 218 - Social Problems
*SO 337 - Aging and the Life Course
*Requires SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

Capstone (4 credits):
Complete either HS 402 Senior Seminar or the Interdisciplinary Capstone IS 485: A Liberal Arts Survival Guide or BI 404 for students who have conducted research with a faculty member in biology. A student who is a double major and takes the associated capstone course for their second major may waive the requirement for a separate capstone for the health sciences major as long as they take an additional directed elective in Health Sciences (see list above). 

A student wishing to double major in Health Sciences and another field may count no more than 12 credit hours in the major field towards both majors. A minor in health sciences is not offered; please see the Kinesiology and Exercise Science minor.

HEALTH SCIENCES WITH 2-2 NURSING - ILLINOIS COLLEGE AND ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL OF NURSING

Students pursuing a career in nursing may complete the prerequisite courses at Illinois College in two years and apply for admission to St. John’s School of Nursing for an additional two years.

At the end of their first two semesters, students wishing to continue in the program must have met the following checkpoint requirements:
A. Complete the first-year program (Seminar, EN 121, and CO 101),
B. Complete or test out of the mathematics course required for CH 110 (MA 133),
C. Complete BI 110 (or BI 107), CH 110, and PS 101,
D. Complete one additional required course (e.g., SO 101, PO 101, or 102-level language),
E. Complete all courses required for the program with a final grade of C or above,
F. Overall GPA of 3.0,
G. Develop a plan for completing the required additional coursework, including all BLUEprint 3.0 requirements, in consultation with an advisor in the Biology Department or the Health Professions Advisor.
H. Submit a personal statement outlining their current career plans.

After successful completion of the fourth year of study at St. John’s, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Illinois College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John’s.

Students must complete the following at Illinois College to be eligible to start the coursework at St. John’s:
BI 110 Biological Investigation or BI 107 Human Biology
BI 215 Medical Terminology (1 credit)
BI 245 Microbiology
BI 315 Anatomy and Physiology I
BI 316 Anatomy and Physiology II
CH 110 General Chemistry
EN 208 Argumentative Writing (in addition to Foundations writing requirement)
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KI 225 Nutrition
MA 102 Statistics for Citizens or MA 123 Elementary Statistics
MA 133 Precalculus
PH 115 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
PO 101 U.S. Federal Government
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
PS 276 Lifespan Development
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
Additional courses as needed to complete the BLUEprint general education program

Students who plan to participate in the 2-2 Program in Nursing with St. John’s School of Nursing are transfer students who transfer out of Illinois College but still receive a degree from Illinois College. Because they receive degrees from both Illinois College and St. John’s School of Nursing, these students need to fulfill the general education requirements of both. In acknowledgement of the curricular constraints posed by this situation, the following accommodations will be made. They will be allowed only for those students in the 2-2 Program in Nursing who successfully complete the nursing program at St. John’s School of Nursing.
:: Students in the 2-2 Program in Nursing will complete their Ethical & Responsible Actions course in their major at St. John’s.
:: Students in the 2-2 Program in Nursing will complete their major and other Information Literacy courses at St. John’s.
:: Since participants in the 2-2 Program in Nursing attend Illinois College for only two years, they will fulfill their senior capstone course or experience at St. John’s School of Nursing and will be considered to have completed all embedded experiences that are expected to be
part of the capstone course.

While attending Illinois College, specific courses are recommended to be taken at IC for other BLUEprint 3.0 requirements that will also fulfill St. John’s admission requirements. See the Illinois College Biology department chair for full requirements.

Note: A student may need to take one or more summer courses to complete all Illinois College requirements before transferring to St. John’s School of Nursing. Students who do not start their first year on this plan may choose to do the exchange as a 3-2 program.

Students who choose to complete the B.S. in Health Sciences during their third and fourth year at Illinois College must complete two additional directed electives, HS 402 Health Sciences Senior Seminar and a social science/humanities elective from the list on page 102.

Transfer and dual-credit courses may count towards completion of the program, but students must complete at least 32 credit hours at Illinois College to be eligible to transfer to St. John’s School of Nursing. By the end of their second year, students will have completed at least 65 credits at Illinois College. After completion of the third and fourth year at St. John’s, students will transfer back approximately 65 credits from St. John’s.