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Health Science Overview


Graduates from the Health Science Program have a wide variety of career opportunities available to them. Marygrove’s graduates are working as nurses, laboratory technicians, Physician Assistants, research assistants in hospitals and universities, public health workers and supervisors in the health care industry.


Nursing or nurse’s assistant • histotechnologist • radiology technician • physical therapist • dental hygienist • hospital clerk •  medical record keeper • medical lab assistant • medical laboratory technologist • community or public health advocate • health educator • patient advocate • case managers • health care manager/administrator


If you have a passion for science and helping others, a career in health sciences could be for you. The Health Science Program offers two different Bachelors degrees. The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Health Science is designed to provide the student with a broad-based science curriculum with interdisciplinary components for those students seeking employment in a health-related field.  Graduates will be prepared to enter the workplace, receive additional career-specific training, or pursue a graduate or doctoral degree if desired.  As a pre-professional program, the B.S. Health Sciences is designed to provide the foundational degree for those wishing to pursue graduate education in the health sciences, health professions, or health care administration.  For those students who do not wish to go on to graduate study, opportunities exist for positions in the biological or health sciences, or administration. The Bachelor of Arts degree program with a concentration in Community Wellness and Public Health is designed to provide the student with a broad-based science curriculum with interdisciplinary components for those students wishing to pursue a career or advanced degree in public health, community health or health related community advocacy.


The Interdisciplinary Health Science degree program is designed to provide you with a broad-based science curriculum. You will experience laboratory investigations and observations, field work, individual research projects with a faculty member, and preparation of library and laboratory research papers.


Program Scheduling

The Health Science program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information:

The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines.  However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning

Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies.  Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 128 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard

Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Health Science major.

Computer Literacy Requirement

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.

Writing Intensive Requirement

All science majors must take ISC 312: Junior Seminar as their writing intensive course. 

Senior Seminar Requirement

Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.S. or B.A in Health Science.

Internship/Cooperative Education

It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate.  Students may receive elective credit for an internship through HSC 388, HSC 488, and/or HSC 491.


Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. Health Science majors are eligible for the Outstanding Graduating Science Major.  Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship.  This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.

Pre-nursing Partnership

Marygrove College offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science that contains all of the prerequisites for Oakland University’s Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Marygrove College and Oakland University offer the opportunity to transition into an accelerated one-year program of study leading to a BSN degree. Once the BSN is completed at Oakland University students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, and will have obtained two bachelor degrees. Students must be in good standing at Marygrove College and meet all of the pre-admission screening requirements*  to qualify for admission into the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program at Oakland University’s School of Nursing. Note that completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program are accepted year round from students who have satisfied all pre-nursing admission requirements or are in their final semester of completing them. Students are encouraged to apply during the semester in which they are completing pre-nursing admission requirements.

*Pre-nursing admissions requirements include (1) letter of application including personal statement, (2) recommendation letters from 2 individuals, (3) pre-nursing coursework**, and (4) interview with Oakland University School of Nursing.

**Pre-nursing course work: Before being considered for admission into the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program, you must complete the following required pre-nursing courses with a grade of a B and a minimum overall grade point average in these courses of 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale): BIO 150, BIO 267, CHM 130, CHM 230, and PSY 205.  You must obtain a minimum grade of a B in PHL course requirement and a minimum grade of a B+ in MTH 100 or MTH 103.  You must also maintain a minimum grade of a B- in BIO 321, HSC 321, HSC 327, HSC 408, PSY 321.