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Health Sciences Bachelor’s Degree

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Program Description

Health Sciences

With Cambridge College's Health Sciences Bachelor’s Degree, you can prepare for a new career in Boston's healthcare ecosystem and learn skills that improve the health and well-being of the community. This program was developed in collaboration with local healthcare and pharmaceutical employers. It combines laboratory-based coursework with a curriculum focused on issues impacting healthcare. With 42 general education credits and 36 credits of open electives, you have the flexibility to pursue your specific career goals and interests while developing a comprehensive understanding of health sciences.

What is Health Science?

Health science is the application of science to health, including the study of medicine, nutrition, human health, health care policies, ethics, long-term care, and health care structures. You can use health science in a broad range of health careers in public health, wellness, healthcare management, the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and other fields. Health sciences graduates are highly sought after. 

Positions in the health sciences range from clinical work with frequent patient contact to office work at private corporations. Because healthcare is such a diverse field, health sciences graduates have the ability to move both laterally and upward as career interests and goals change. Some of the most popular health sciences roles include health educators who teach the public about the availability of health services. They also tell communities about how to live healthier lives. Many public health nurses have a background in health sciences. These professionals often work for nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote healthy outcomes in populations. Other health science-related roles include health services managers, biomedical equipment technicians, and clinical dieticians. 

Cambridge College Health Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Highlights

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program provides the following benefits:

  • Flexible, affordable format: Complete your health sciences bachelor's degree at a reasonable cost. You can save on tuition by studying at one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the country. You can also choose the electives that will further your specific career goals. Talk to a Cambridge College admissions counselor about customizing your program. 
  • Biological science and integrative health knowledge: Develop knowledge of the processes and principles of the basic sciences, as well as advanced scientific methods. You will also analyze health policies and issues and healthcare management principles via an integrated interdisciplinary approach. That will prepare you for your future career in a healthcare-related role. 
  • Critical thinking and communication: Through evidence-based practice, you will think critically about healthcare concepts and learn how to solve problems in the healthcare field. You will also express your ideals and thoughts via verbal and written communication. These skills will make you more attractive to future employers. 
  • Real-world employment opportunities: Cambridge College is establishing partnerships with local employers to increase job opportunities for graduates from this program. 
  • Diversity: Cambridge College is one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the United States. You’ll have the opportunity to work with adult learners from different backgrounds to further enhance your educational experience.
  • Convenience: We offer free parking for students and our Boston campus is a quick 5-minute walk from the Orange Line, with ongoing free shuttles to/from campus.

Health Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Learning Outcomes

The health sciences BS degree program can open doors to fulfilling and lucrative job opportunities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.  

In addition to applying science to health, you will develop a code of professional ethics, academic integrity, and increased self-awareness. These skills will help you achieve your career goals and improve the health of people in your community. This program also teaches cultural and social understanding. You will recognize the beliefs, values, health practices, and health equity of populations and learn how to improve access to healthcare services. 

What Can You Do with a Health Sciences Bachelor’s Degree?

Health sciences is a growing field. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that the overall employment of health education specialists and community health workers will grow 12% from 2021 to 2031. That's faster than the average growth for all occupations. The BLS also reports the average salary for health education specialists is $60,600. Other health science-related roles include medical and health services managers. These positions have an average salary of $101,340.

You can also continue your studies at the graduate level with a health sciences bachelor’s degree. Cambridge College's program provides a foundation for further learning within public health, life sciences, healthcare management, and other related disciplines. 


https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (visited August 2023)

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited August 2023)

Example Health Sciences Courses

As a health sciences major at Cambridge College, you will have the opportunity to take courses such as:

  • General Chemistry 
  • Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Scientific Research Coordination 
  • Microbiology 
  • Principles of Wellness & Health 
  • Health Care Policy and Reform 
  • Science of Exercise 
  • Epidemiology and Public Health 
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care 
  • Scientific Research Coordination 


Degree Completion: General education requirements may be satisfied by an associate's degree or 60 credits of prior courses that meet all general criteria for transfer; up to 90 credits may be accepted.

General Education

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
Digital Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP 130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Digital literacy is the ability to find, use, and share information using technology in order to excel in a digital world. Students will practice using a range of digital tools, including tools for searching and evaluating information and for creating and communicating digitally. Students will learn to select and use appropriate digital tools for a variety of settings including the classroom and workplace. Ethical and effective use of information will contribute to students’ identities as effective digital citizens.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
General Education Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

MAT 201 Introduction to Statistics (required) - 3 credits

PHW 303 Nutrition & Health Promotion (required) - 3 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Health Sciences Major Core Courses
General Chemistry I
SCI 201 4 credit(s)
This lab-based general chemistry course will begin with a brief introduction to matter and measurement, chemistry in the real world, and the scientific method; subsequent topics will include the development of atomic theory and the structure of the atom; the nomenclature of the elements and chemical compounds; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; chemical bonding theories; thermochemistry; and the properties of gases and the ideal gas law.
General Biology I
SCI 203 4 credit(s)
This survey course lays the foundation for study within the life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, health sciences, and other specialized life science fields. This laboratory-based course begins with the study of cellular structure, single-celled organisms, cellular metabolism, and reproduction, and then proceeds to the study of tissues and more complex organisms including multi-cellular plants, fungi and animals. Additional topics include genetics, evolution, ecology and the interrelationships between organisms and their environments.
General Biology II
SCI 204 4 credit(s)

This survey course serves ad a continuation and expansion of General Biology I, laying the foundation for study within the life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, health sciences and other specialized life science fields. This lab-based course includes an in-depth review of multicellular organisms; including the structure and evolution of plant, fungal, and animal life. Additional topics include metabolic function, biomechanics, and the interrelationships between multicellular organisms and their environments.

Anatomy and Physiology I
SCI 205 4 credit(s)
SCI205 provides a laboratory-based approach to the major anatomical and functional components of the human body, and is designed to help students develop an understanding of how these systems function together in health and disease. Topic coverage includes basic medical and diagnostic terminology, histology, and an in-depth examination of the body’s anatomical and physiological systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. The laboratory component of the course provides a hands-on experience within the study of anatomy and physiology, and consists of dissection techniques, histology, and other related procedures.
Anatomy and Physiology II
SCI 206 4 credit(s)

SCI206 serves as a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I, and provides an in-depth study of body systems and system interactions. Topic coverage includes medical and diagnostic terminology, and an examination of the body’s anatomical and physiological systems including the respiratory endocrine, lymphatic, immune, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. It is laboratory-based and systemic in its approach, and requires the successful completion of SCI205 or permission of instructor in order to enroll.

SCI 207 4 credit(s)
This laboratory-based course focuses on the principles of microbiology and is designed to familiarize the student with the biology, ecology, and behaviors of microbes and viruses in human health, medicine and biotechnology. Topics include the general principles of microbial growth; the evolution and classification of microbes and viruses; the natural ecology of microorganisms; pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment, and the use of microorganisms in biotechnology and medicine.
Introduction to Wellness and Health Promotion
PHW 300 3 credit(s)
This course introduces students to the concepts, theories and research related to wellness and health promotion. We will examine the state of health, our current model of care in the U.S. and the implications for adopting a wellness or health promotion approach. Students will research factors that influence wellness and health promotion, such as nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and sleep. We will explore wellness and health promotion initiatives and challenges related to implementing and sustaining them within various settings and with diverse populations. Future trends and efforts towards prevention will be explored. Students will research career opportunities in prevention, health maintenance, education and promotion, such as health and wellness coaching.
The Science of Exercise
SCI 311 3 credit(s)

This course provides an historical perspective on physical activity and fitness, and how changes in lifestyle, technology and other factors that have contributed to a more sedentary lifestyle and related health concerns. Students will examine various forms of physical activity and will be introduced to exercise physiology, the ways in which physical activity impacts biology, including physical health, mental health and the brain. The literature on various forms of exercise and the impact on health will be examined including but not limited to endurance, flexibility, strength, stamina, cognition, memory. We will investigate current trends in exercise, by factors such as age, culture and gender, and whether these factors are considered in our efforts to influence rates of physical activity.

Epidemiology and Public Health
SCI 339 3 credit(s)
Epidemiology and Public Health introduces the foundations of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to the study, monitoring and maintenance of public health. This course focuses on the foundations and methods of epidemiologic investigation; accurate sampling, analysis and presentation of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; outbreaks, spread, epidemics, pandemics, and control strategies. Additionally, this course discusses and reviews epidemiologic study designs, cause and effect, treatment efficacy, and ethical and legal issues in epidemiology.
Health Care Policy and Reform
HCM 301 3 credit(s)

This course examines the structure of the health system, current topics in health care reform, the policy process, and advocacy for public health. Attention will be given to disparities in access to care, the quality of care, the structure of the delivery system, the challenges of long term care and the aging population, and the drivers of cost growth.

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
BSM 354 3 credit(s)
This health law course surveys current federal and state regulatory structures and policies governing the provision of healthcare. Students will learn about professional licensure, malpractice, the provider-patient relationship, informed consent, the regulation of healthcare facilities, the organization of healthcare entities (such as integrated delivery systems), the regulation of health insurers and managed care providers, managed care liability, Medicare/Medicaid, federal self-referral and "anti-kickback" prohibitions, and other ethical topics.
Scientific Research Coordination
SCI 400 3 credit(s)

This course equips students with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively manage and coordinate scientific research projects within the field of health sciences. This course covers key principles, methodologies, and best practices involved in planning, executing, and overseeing research endeavors. Students will explore essential topics including research design and coordination, project management, collaboration, ethical considerations, data management, and communication strategies. Through practical exercises, case studies, and real-world examples, students will develop the competencies necessary to successfully navigate the complexities of scientific research coordination.

Open Electives

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



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    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

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  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.


School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

For the MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies, see Graduate Education Programs Admission Requirements

International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more about transferring credits.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.



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  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,940 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of June 2023, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half-time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state, and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

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