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Health Science

Health Science

Teri Miller
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Bachelor of Science, Health Science
Group Major (B.S.)
Associates of Science, Health Science (A.S.)

Jeanne Andreoli, Ph. D
Steve Scribner, Ph. D
Jennifer Tsui, Ph.D
Donald Rizzo, Ph. D
Sally Welch, Ph. D
Li-hsuan Yang, Ph.D


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, 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 • health care manager/administrator


If you have a passion for science and helping others, a career in health sciences could be for you. 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 Science degree program with an interdisciplinary major in Health Science 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 B.S. in 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. 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.

Bachelor of Science, Health Science Group Major (B.S.)

The B.S. in Health Science program is primarily a day program, some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.  The Bachelor of Science with a Health Science group major requires 44 credit hours in required core courses, 11 credits in related discipline requirements, and completion of the following components

A. General Education Requirements

See Page 56.

B. Required Core Courses

BIO 118 Medical Terminology
BIO 150 Biology I: From Molecules to Cells
BIO 267 Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 321 Microbiology
CHM 130 Chemical Science
CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
MTH 103 Health Science Mathematics
HSC 320 Nutrition in Nursing Practice
HSC 327 Pathophysiology in Nursing
HSC 408 Pharmacology in Nursing
ISC 312 Junior Seminar: Speaking and Writing in Science
ISC 496A Science Senior Seminar: Library Research
ISC 496B Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research

Related Discipline Requirements:

A. Philosophy Requirement (1 course required): PHL 126 Persons and Values, PHL 201, PHL 225 Ethics, PHL 228 Ethics in the Health Professions or PHL 276 Critical Thinking
B. Psychology Requirement (2 courses required): PSY 205 and PSY 321

Suggested Elective Courses: 

HSC 321 Nursing Informatics
HSC 388  Cooperative Field Experience


An Associates of Science in Health Science requires 64 credit hours and completion of the coursework as outlined below.  The required coursework for the A.S. in Health Science has been divided into two general categories: Required Common Core Coursework, and Licensure or Credit Hour Requirement. Students must also complete their last 15 credit hours at Marygrove College. 

A. General Education Requirements

Select a minimum of one 3- or 4- hour course in at least 5 of the 7 areas. Courses must be distributed across at least 4 different liberal arts disciplines.

B. Common Experiences:

ENG 108          Academic Writing
MTH 100         Algebra

C. Core Course Requirements

BIO 150           Biology I: Molecules to Cells
CHM 130         Chemical Science

D. Related Discipline Requirements

PSY 205          Introduction to Psychology
PHL 225          Ethics

E. Students must choose option A or B to complete the Associates of Science in Health Science degree

Option A: CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENT (24 credits of additional science coursework)

BIO 118           Medical Terminology
BIO 267           Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
HSC 320          Nutrition in Nursing Practice
MTH 103         Health Science Mathematics
PSY 321          Introduction to Life-span Psychology

Seven elective credits in BIO, CHM, MTH, or HSC


OPTION B: LICENSURE: 24 credit hours can be applied to the degree requirements upon providing proof of successful completion of a national accreditation exam requirement, PTCB exam,  or a completed course of study of not less than one year, in an Allied Health field, resulting in a certificate.

F. Remaining credits to reach 64 credits

Students may choose any elective course to finish their degree requirements

Health Science Course Descriptions

BIO 118   Medical Terminology 2 hours
Prerequisites: None; Term: Fall, Winter

This course is designed for students with an active interest in the medical and paramedical fields. The course provides the student with the fundamental principles needed to understand medical vocabulary. The student will learn to use the techniques of word building with an emphasis on spelling, pronunciation and the meanings of medical terms.

BIO 150 Biology I: From Molecules to Cells 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108; Term Fall, Winter Fee: yes. General Education option for science majors only

Biology 150 is a course which, together with Biology 151, is designed to give the student a broad experi­ence in the biological sciences. This course empha­sizes the cellular and molecular aspects of biology. Science majors, including many health professionals, are the intended audience. Laboratory included.

BIO 267     Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150; BIO 118 recommended; designed for science majors and minors - not for general education; Term Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

This course is a study of human anatomy and physiology with virtual human cadaver labs as well as other hands on selected labs. Topics include: tissues and the following systems: integumentary; skeletal and articular, muscular, digestive; blood, cardiovascular and lymphatic circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, nervous, and their major diseases. This class is not for general education, it is specifically for science majors and minors. .  Laboratory included.

BIO 321     Microbiology 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150 and one semester of chemistry; Term: Fall; Fee: yes.

Microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses, form, structure, reproduction, genetics, physiology, me­tabolism and identification, disease, transmission and control.  Written lab reports required.  Laboratory included.

CHM 130 Chemical Science 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100; ENG 107; LS 105; Fee: yes. Term: Fall, Winter; General Education option

A descriptive and mathematical look at chemistry for the non-scientist. Conceptual development and problem solving are emphasized. Introduction to concepts of chemistry, language and theories for general and organic chemistry. Study of atomic theory, acid-base theories, mole concept and biological molecules. Laboratory included.

CHM 230 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 150, CHM 130; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

Brief survey of organic and biological chemistry, emphasizing applications to human physiology.  CHM 230 may not be used for major or minor credit in chemistry, biology, or forensic science.  Laboratory included.

HSC 320 Nutrition in Nursing Practice 3 hours
Prerequisites: CHM 130 AND BIO 150 or BIO 267 Term: Fall, Winter

Study of wellness and nutrition for pre-nursing students to provide skills necessary to determine nutritional needs, status, and habits of clients, throughout the lifespan and the health-illness continuum.  Teaching methodologies will include: lecture, discussion, case studies with application of the nursing process and formulation of care plans, and Blackboard.

HSC 321 Nursing Informatics 2 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150; BIO 267, CHM 130; CHM 230; ISC 312 Term:  Winter

This course will establish the foundational knowledge for understanding and practicing nursing informatics in a healthcare environment.  Nursing informatics models and theories and the sciences that support it will be reviewed.  The use of information technology to support decisions that promote safety and quality in patient-centered care, and concerns about protecting information and system integrity are addressed.  Course assignments focus on nursing and healthcare applications.  

HSC 327 Pathophysiology 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150, BIO 267; BIO 321 Term: Fall, Winter

The course will concentrate on how physiological functions of humans are modified by internal and external environmental stressors.  Underlying concepts and principles common to health deviations in all major physiological systems are presented.  Knowledge gained from this course will provide the student with rationale for clinical decision making and action in related nursing courses.  The teaching methodology for the class is lecture and class discussion.

HSC 388    Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

HSC 408 Pharmacology in Nursing 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150; BIO 267; BIO 321; HSC 327; CHM 230; MTH 103 Term: Fall, Winter

This course presents the basic principles of pharmacology needed to safely care for patients.  Emphasis is placed on concepts of pharmacology that guide all drug use; major classes of drugs with emphasis on mechanisms of actions; and patient care implications.

HSC 488    Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

HSC 491    Independent Study 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; Health Science major; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer

Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

ISC 312  Junior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter;

Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS.  Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work.  In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports.  The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one.  A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity.  This is the program’s writing intensive course.

ISC 496A   Science Senior Seminar: Library Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter;

This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project.  Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B.  Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

ISC 496B   Science Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.

This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member.  The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.

MTH 103  Health Science Mathematics 4 hours

Prerequisites: MTH 099; Term Fall, Winter

Applies basic mathematical skills in calculations required for the usual dosage determinations, as well as solution preparations using weight, metric, household, and apothecary systems.

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