2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Health Science (35+ credits)

The Health Science major is the choice for students who plan to enter the professional fields of Psychiatry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacology, Optometry, or Dentistry or who want to pursue careers in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or as a Physician’s Assistant. All students taking this major will need a second major (NB: this major can not be used with the Biology major, Education major, Mathematical Studies major, or Chemistry minor). This major is essentially the minimum core requirement for medical school according to the American Association of Medical Colleges (https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/admission-requirements/). Not everyone who goes to Medical School is a Biology major, although Biology is the most frequent choice. Medical schools are looking for candidates with unique perspectives and broad understandings, so majoring in another discipline may garner more interest, all else being equal. For example, with 25% of the MCAT devoted to psychology and sociology, now with their own test section, these majors may be fruitful choices.

Students will work closely with advisors, including their designated major advisor and the Pre-Health advisor, to ensure that their General Education (Liberal Arts Foundation) courses align with the other Pre-Health requirements such as English, Psychology, Social Science, and Mathematics, which vary with the profession and particular Pre-Health pathway.


Electives (3-6 Credits)

Every health-related post baccalaureate program, from medical, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy, and dental school to graduate programs in physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), psychiatry, and physician's assistant (PA), requires courses beyond the minimal science core offered by the Health Science major. The particular requirements vary from program to program and even from school to school, but they all require at least one and usually two semesters of English, one semester of Mathematics (most often Statistics), and at at least one semester each of social science and psychology. Students can generally take these courses as part of your liberal arts core foundation ('Gen Ed'). 

Grace Ferris (gferris@lesley.edu), the Pre-Health Advisor, helps students choose electives that best meet their interests and needs.

Capstone and Internship Courses (9 credits)

Students can choose which of their two majors’ capstone and internships courses to take. Most health professions emphasize the importance of volunteer or internship experience in the field during college or prior to entering professional school. If you choose to do these things in the Health Science major, then you would take CNSCI 4550 Directed Research Capstone (3 credits) and a STEM-based Internship (CNSCI 4100) for 6 credits.

Required Core (32 Credits)

CBIOL 1101Biology with Lab


CBIOL 2101Biology II with Lab


CPHYS 1308General Chemistry I with Lab


CPHYS 2102General Chemistry II with Lab


CPHYS 2308Organic Chemistry I with Lab


CPHYS 3308Organic Chemistry II w/Lab


CPHYS 1250Physics I with Lab: Forces, Sound, Momentum & Energy


CPHYS 2250Physics II with Lab: Electricity, Magnetism, Atoms & Light