The School of Science offers an interdisciplinary major in allied health science. This program provides a solid foundation in natural science and human biology.
The Allied Health Science major operates to prepare students for pursue graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, physician assistant, and public health, as well as other careers requiring a background in the biological sciences.
There are two main outcomes of majoring in Allied Health Science:
1) To pursue Graduate study In physical, occupational therapy, physician assistant, optometry, public health, chiropractic medicine, speech pathology and audiology, post-baccalaureate nursing programs, nutrition and other health professions programs. As many schools differ, some additional coursework may be required.
2) To enter careers in the health professions that require post-graduate certificate studies, such as radiology technician, medical assistant, dental hygienist, and science laboratory research assistant.
The academic purpose of the Allied Health Science major is to complete required coursework in the departments of biology, chemistry, psychology, and kinesiology while fulfilling core curriculum requirements.
- General Chemistry I (Chem 8/9)
- General Chemistry II (Chem 10/11)
- Calculus I (Math 27)
- Calculus II or Statistics and Probablity (Math 4 or 28) (Statistics recommended)
- Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics (Bio 1/1L)
- Organisms and Evolution (Bio 2/2L)
- Human Anatomy (Bio 15/16)
- Physiology (Bio 25/26)
- General Physics I (Phys 10/10L)
- General Physics II (Phys 11/11L)
- 2 UD Biology Courses
- 2 UD Psychology Courses
- 2 UD Kinesiology
- 1 UD AHS Elective: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or Kinesiology course
Core Curriculum Requirements
- 4 Collegiate Seminar courses: Sem 1 (S), Sem 2 (F), Sem 103 (F/S), Sem 104 (F/S)
- 3 Writing Courses: Eng 4 (F), Eng 5 (S) [Note placement may require beginning with Eng 3], WID
- 2 Theological Understanding: TRS 97, 1 Theological Explorations (TE) [UD]
- 4 Jan Term [3 UD]
- 1 Mathematical Understanding: Done in major requirements
- 1 Scientific Understanding: Done in major requirements
- 2 to 3 Artistic Understanding (AA): 2 courses in Artistic Analysis (AA) and 1 in Creative Practice (CP)
- 2 Social, Historical and Cultural Understanding (SHCU): Psychology 1, one additional UD SHCU.
- 4 Engaging the World: American Diversity (AD), Global Understanding (GU), the Common Good (CG), Community Engagement (CE)
- Language Proficiency: at level III
For information about courses that count towards the core curriculum requirements, please visit here (https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/academics/core-curriculum-course-offerings)
For information about transferring outside courses for St Mary’s credit, please visit here (https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/office-of-the-registrar/student-resources-and-information/transferable-courses)
In addition, a minimum of seven upper-division are to be taken from biology, psychology, kinesiology (two from each department) and chemistry. The selection of upper-division courses for this major must be chosen in consultation with the Allied Health Advisor. Note that additional lower-division courses may be required as prerequisites for some upper-division courses.