Majors and Minors

Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health-related career. The program curriculum promotes the importance of culture and ethical considerations relevant to all aspects of health care practice. The curriculum is designed to allow students the flexibility to plan a course of study that best suits their professional and educational needs. The four tracks offered are designed to help students prepare to enter a specific health care field, or to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them to work in health care. Cleveland State's rigorous program is centered on excellent, caring faculty. The program is unique in that it offers advanced courses not usually offered in most undergraduate programs, including Advanced Research and Writing, Culture and Health Care, Functional Performance of Older Adults, Pathology, Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience.

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A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, in some health science fields, serves as a pre-professional preparation for the graduate degree required for working in a particular field (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, physician assistant, medicine, dental, and others). Baccalaureate graduates can find immediate employment as a group home staff member, clinical research assistant, quality assurance staff, case manager, or activity director. The present and future employment outlook in most health science fields is excellent, with a growth rate much faster than the national average.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Health Sciences major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

General Interest Track: For students interested in health-related careers who are uncertain which profession they prefer or who would like to design their own course of study targeting their interests, such as pre-med or pre-dental studies.

Pre-Therapy Track: For students interested in pursuing careers in physical therapy or occupational therapy. Students in this track choose either a physical therapy or occupational therapy area of interest, taking pre-professional undergraduate courses that meet admission requirements for the graduate programs in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy at Cleveland State.

Associate Degree/Bachelor of Science Completion Track: For students already holding associate degrees in health-related fields who wish to complete a B.S. in Health Sciences. Students design their own course of study in an area of emphasis with an advisor. An articulation agreement with Cuyahoga Community College allows associate degree recipients in more than 20 health care fields to seamlessly transfer courses that may be applied to the Health Sciences major, usually with an additional two years of study to complete all degree requirements.


Offered with the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM) and consisting of 3 years of pre-professional study at CSU. Qualified students then complete 4 years of study at the professional and clinical level at the OCPM to receive the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Admission to OCPM is competitive and is not guaranteed. Upon completion of the required course work during their first year of study at OCPM, students may apply for a B.S. in Health Sciences. For more information, see the Podiatric Medicine program sheet.

Engaged learning experiences are encouraged and include internships at many health care facilities or community agencies in Northeast Ohio or international experiences relevant to health care. All majors receive individual advising.

General Education Requirements: All degree-seeking students are required to meet general education requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that courses chosen satisfy these requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor. A comprehensive description of the requirements is found at

For more information, contact:
Department of Health Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, HS 101
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.3567

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