B.S. in Health Sciences
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What is Health Sciences?
Biola’s health sciences major prepares you to care for people in a variety of health-related careers that don’t necessarily involve hands-on clinical treatment. Through coursework in kinesiology, biology and psychology, this highly practical degree gives you the academic preparation needed to work directly with people to improve their wellness and health behaviors. As a health sciences graduate, you will be equipped to provide health education, guide individuals through changes in nutrition and exercise, coordinate wellness programs and pursue additional degree opportunities.
What are the benefits of a Health Sciences degree?
Biola’s health sciences program offers several key advantages:
- With its broad curriculum, the program prepares you with both the technical and relational skills needed for some of the most in-demand careers in health promotion, assessment and administration.
- The health sciences major incorporates a Christian understanding of health, equipping you to care for the needs of individuals with compassion, wisdom and professionalism from a holistic perspective.
- In addition to being top-caliber educators, your professors are practitioners with real-world experience, bringing expertise from multiple disciplines — kinesiology, nursing, biology and more — to give you a comprehensive health education.
- Biola’s Lim Center and Soubirou Hall are state-of-the-art settings for science and health education, including specialized kinesiology labs and opportunities for research.
- Biola’s Office of Health Professions Advising serves as a valuable resource to connect you to internships, networking and career opportunities.
- You will finish your program with a practicum course that gives you valuable hands-on experience before moving into your career.
What can I do with a Health Sciences major?
The health sciences major prepares you to work in a number of career fields including:
- Behavioral health specialist
- Health educator
- Lay health advisor
- Wellness coordinator
- Health paraprofessional
- Tobacco prevention educator
- Nifty after 50® fitness instructor/manager
- Nutritional adviser (non-RD level)
- Health and fitness coach
- Group fitness instructor
- Preparation for graduate work in health and wellness
With the professional knowledge and practical skills you gain, you’ll be equipped to serve at hospitals, nonprofit organizations and other settings that allow you to work directly with individuals to improve their wellness and behavior.
What Will I Study?
As a health sciences major, you’ll develop a strong academic foundation in kinesiology and health science, giving you the preparation needed to help educate, support and motivate people toward health and wellness. Course topics and learning highlights include:
- Basic structure and function of the human body
- Physiological concepts of muscular exercise
- Psychological principles related to learning, motivation and physical health
- American health care systems, epidemiology, public health policy, and occupational and environmental law
- Nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, stress management, health promotion, substance abuse, sexuality, and other public health issues
- Care and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries