Allied Health Science

The Allied Health Science program combines liberal arts tradition with a multi-disciplinary scientific curriculum to give students a broad exposure to biology, chemistry, psychology, and kinesiology.

The requirements for the Allied Health Science major have been designed to fulfill common prerequisite courses for admission into graduate programs in health science. High school preparation in mathematics and chemistry is highly recommended. The AHS Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary’s College focuses on:

1. The scientific principles of human health.

2. Whole organisms (microbes to plants and animals) and their structure and function.

3. Multiple aspects of human health from the biological to the physical to the psychological.

 

CAREER PATHS & GRADUATE PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

The following courses can be integrated with the AHS major to fulfill graduate school prerequisites.

Physics:

  • Physical Therapy

Physics & Org Chemistry:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical and Clinical Lab Tech

Physics & Medical Terminology:

  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Sonography

Nutrition & Microbiology:

  • Nursing

No additional coursework:

  • Public Health
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Health Administration
  • Phlebotomy
  • Paramedic & EMT

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The Allied Health Science major comprises 16 lower- and upper-division courses, many with corresponding laboratories. In order to officially declare the major, a student needs to complete Chemistry 8/9 and have completed or be enrolled in Chemistry 10/11 (C– or better).

 

LOWER DIVISION

  • Chemistry 8 & 9 (laboratory)
  • Chemistry 10 & 11 (laboratory)
  • Mathematics 27 and 4 (may take 28 or 38 instead of 4)
  • Biology 1 & 1L (laboratory)
  • Biology 2 & 2L (laboratory)
  • Biology 15 & 16 (laboratory)
  • Biology 25 & 26 (laboratory) or Biology 127 (has a two semester organic chemistry prerequisite)
  • Psychology 1

 

UPPER DIVISION

  • 1 UD Biology elective
  • 1 UD Psychology elective
  • 1 UD Kinesiology elective
  • 3 additional UD science courses in Bio, Psych, Chem, or Kines
  • AHS 100 (Environmental Health) or 101 (Nutrition) to fulfill the WID requirement and one UD science elective
  • At least two upper division sciences must have a laboratory component. A total of 17 upper-division courses are to be completed by graduation.

 

Upper Division Science Courses (suggested for majors)

Biology

  • 102 Developmental biology
  • 105 Genetics (f/s) (no organic chem required)
  • 115 Theory of Evolution (f)
  • 125 General Ecology (s)
  • 130 Microbiology (f/s) (email Berleman to waive O Chem required)
  • 135 Biochemistry (f) (O Chem required)
  • 139 Immunology (f)
  • 142 California Flora (s)

 

Psychology

  • 115 Health Psychology
  • 140 Human Development (f, s)
  • 144 Middle Childhood (s, fulfills CE)
  • 150 Personality Psychology (f, s fulfills SHCU)
  • 152 Clinical Pysch (Abnormal Psych) (f, s)
  • 158 Human Sexualities (fulfills CE)
  • 160 Social Psychology (f, s fulfills SHCU)
  • Online UD Psych Course Options (only 1 can be transferred in for credit) @ BYU: Psych 141, 150, 152, 160, 180

 

Kinesiology

  • Prereqs for UD Kines courses include: anatomy, physiology AHS 100/101 (concurrent okay). Therefore, plan on taking UD Kines senior year which is when more students take the WID.
  • Bio 15/16 and 25/26 fulfull the Kines 10 & 15 prereqs.
  • Prior to registration for UD Kines courses, students must have a permission to add slip (available from the registrar) signed by the prof.
  • 102 Biomechanics (f)
  • 107 Nutrition for Sport and Physical Activity (s)
  • 110 Exercise Physiology (f/s, AHS is co-requisite)
  • 112 Sport & Exercise Psychology (f/s, AHS is co-requisite)
  • 118 Comm & Peer Health (no prereqs)
  • 128 Global Impact of Physical Inactivity (f, AHS is co-requisite)
  • 131 Sport, Religion, and Social Justice (f)
  • Online UD Kines Course Options @ BYU: Psych 338 (transfers in as Kines 112)

 

CORE CURRICLUM 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), WID
  • 2 Theological Understanding: TRS 97, 1 upper division Theological Explorations
  • 4 Jan Term (3 UD)
  • 1 Mathematical Understanding: done in major requirements
  • 1 Scientific Understanding: Done in major requirements
  • 2 to 3 Artistic Understanding:  2 courses in Artistic Analysis and 1 in Creative Practice
  • Language Proficiency: at level III.
  • 2 Social, Historical and Cultural Understanding (SHCU): Psychology 1, one additional UD SHCU
  • 1 Global Perspectives, 1 Community Engagement, 1 Common Good, 1 American Diversity
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Courses that meet multiple requirements:

  • Soc 4 (F/S): SHCU, AD, TCG
  • Perf Arts 50 (F): AA, CP, CE, TCG
  • Anth 1 (F/S): GP, SHCU
  • Pol 110 (S): CG, CE
  • SHCU + AD: Art 55, 65, Art Theory 80, 180, Comm 125 (F/S), 158, Eng 25, 102, Perfa 14, 33, 50, 133, 181
  • GP + UD: Hist 100, 118, 151, 152, 155, 163, JCL 140, Perfa 181, Pol 122, 143, Soc 116, 135, Span 140, 141, 161, TRS 152, 153, 154, 155, 156
  • CE + UD: Acct 178, Art Hist 188, Bus 126,129,181, Chem 119, Com 116, Econ 100, Soc 132, Edu 123, Eng 101 (0.25 credit), Eth St 150, Pol 110, 116/117, 126/127, 140, Psych 144, 157, 165, 195
  • CE Quarter Credits: TRS 17, Eng 101 (not available to seniors)
  • CP Quarter Credits: Perfa 12, 19, 37, 47, 72, 75, 132, 142
  • UD Quarter Credits: Eng 101 (not available to seniors), Perfa 142, Pol 190