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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences, Community Health Option, B.S.

Health Science (B.S.) 180 units

Program Description

Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the application of physical, biological, and social sciences to understand and to improve health in human beings. It is an applied science that focuses on knowledge necessary to practice in both clinical and population health settings.

Our program helps students to understand health at the individual level, the community level and the population level. In addition to the biomedical model of health, we ask students to think critically and to explore health from a variety of perspectives and to understand the role that culture has in constructing health.

Our goal is to help students develop strong critical thinking skills, team work, and strong problem-solving skills rooted in a population perspective. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.S. in Health Sciences from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. Integrate and synthesize knowledge from general education courses and courses in the biological, physical, social and health sciences;
  2. Communicate effectively in the provision of healthcare services to the community;
  3. Work effectively as individuals, teams, partnerships and larger groups toward accomplishing healthcare goals;
  4. Apply ethics and professional standards to interactions with colleagues, supervisors and staff, diverse and multicultural clients, and with the general public;
  5. Evaluate scientific and policy research to solve problems in the health sciences.

Career Opportunities

The health care field is the second largest industry in the United States and employs millions of workers. The demand for highly trained health care workers is high.

There are a number of career opportunities working in health sciences. There is a high demand for workers in clinical fields such as medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, laboratory technology, and other clinical fields.

In addition to clinical fields, there are opportunities in research, technology, administration, finance, pharmaceuticals, and environmental protection and sanitation. There are many career opportunities in fields such as public health and health policy as well.

Major Requirements (B.S.) 120-123 units

The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units. 

  • The core major for the three options below consists of 84 units;
    • the Administration and Management Option consists of 36 units;
    • the Community Health Option consists of 36 units.
    • the Pre-Clinical Preparation Option consists of 39 units.
  • GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
  • Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor). 


A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each course with an HSC prefix. All Upper and Lower Division Core courses must be taken for a letter grade. Credit/No Credit is not accepted.

Note:The option in Environmental Health and Safety consists of 115-131 units and has a separate list of Lower Division and Upper Division Core courses. In addition, all HSC courses with 3000 and 4000 prefixes must be taken at CSU East Bay.

Option Requirements

Select one of the three options in consultation with your faculty advisor. The choice of option should reflect your career goals and a willingness to acquire an in-depth knowledge of one area of the Health Sciences major.

Community Health Option (36 units)

Course Descriptions

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Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.