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Health Science

College of Health and Human Services

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Health Sciences - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The basic University requirements for graduation with a B.S. Degree in Health Science consist of:

  1. completion of general education requirements,
  2. completion of all courses identified on the Program Planner for the Option selected, with no grade lower than a "C" for each listed course or approved substitute,
  3. completion of a minimum of 120 units, at least 40 units of which must be upper division. Upper division courses are numbered 300 to 499.

Major Core Requirements

All Health Science majors must complete the required core. The core of the Health Science program contains five areas of competence: Statistics, Program Development, Professionalism, Health Services Organization and Health Promotion. All majors must complete at least one course from each competency area. Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Option in Radiation Therapy (code HSC_BS01) (135 units)

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major in the Health Science Option in Radiation Therapy Technology, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted.

Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses, each with a grade of "C" or better: BIOL 200, 207, and 208; MICR 101; H SC 200; MATH 119A; PHYS 100A and B; I S 233; and ENGL 102 or the equivalents of these courses. Applicants must have completed a 40-hour observation period in a department of radiation therapy and an observation packet. Applicants must submit a supplemental application to the department by February 1 for the fall semester. The application must be accompanied by: 3 letters of recommendation (at least one from a radiation therapist at the observation site noted below, and the others from either employers or instructors), a written personal statement, a summary of academic and work history, and documentation of the availability of transportation to clinical sites for the required internship.

Applicants must participate in an interview with the Radiation Therapy Career Advisement Committee. The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis according to the faculty's judgment of the applicants ability to succeed in the program.

To apply to the Radiation Therapy Option, students must meet all of the requirements listed above.

Admission Under Impaction for Continuing Students

Students who indicate a Radiation Therapy Option major when they enter as freshmen will be assigned a pre-Radiation Therapy major code. Acceptance into the pre-major by the university does not imply or assure subsequent acceptance into the Option by the Department. Students who are not accepted into the Option cannot continue as pre-Radiation Therapy majors.

Prior to admission to the Radiation Therapy Option, continuing students must

  1. Complete all of the basic criteria listed above
  2. Complete HSC 200 Orientation to Radiation Therapy with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Submit Option Application by February 1.

Admission Under Impaction for Transfer Students

Students must be eligible for admission to the university as transfer students and must apply for admission to the university no later than November 30 for admission the following fall. Students who are not admitted to the Option will not be admitted to the university unless they have listed a second choice of major on the application form.

Prior to admission to the Radiation Therapy Option, transfer students must:

  1. Complete all of the basic criteria listed above
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Radiation Therapy Program Director or Clinical Coordinator
  3. Attend a group Radiation Therapy Orientation session
  4. Submit by February 1 the Option application

The Radiation Therapy Option is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a professional program leading to membership in the health care team using ionizing radiation in the treatment of malignant and some benign diseases. The Option is competency-based and integrates didactic courses and clinical experience to prepare entry level radiation therapists to become integral partners in the health care team and contributing members of the profession. On a daily basis, the registered radiation therapist is involved in:

  1. Operation of sophisticated radiotherapeutic equipment to deliver prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of malignant and some benign diseases.
  2. Providing psychological and emotional support to patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness.
  3. Providing education to the patient and their family about their disease and all aspects of treatment.
  4. Observing patient progress and recognizing medical problems that require a physician’s attention.
  5. Constructing devices to aid in treatment positioning, beam modification, and treatment planning.
  6. Calculation of doses and use of treatment planning computers to determine dose distributions.

Successful completion of the Option requirements allows the student eligibility to apply for licensure examinations at the state and national levels to practice as a registered radiation therapist.

This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il 60606-3182, phone 312-704-5300) and the State of California, Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch.

Required Radiation Therapy Option Courses

Students will take the following courses in sequence: HSC 150, 320, 310, 340, 341, 315, 492A (5 units), 492A summer (2 units), 470A, 445A, 330, 311, 403, 470B, 445B, 342, 415, 435, 492B summer (2 units), 492B (5 units), 316, 451, 455, 475, 475L, 480 and 465.

All Radiation Therapy courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. If a student earns a lower grade, the student must repeat the course and earn an acceptable grade before advancing to the next level of courses.

Option in Community Health Education (code HSC_BS02) (120 units)

Note: Please be advised, information below has been altered from the official print version of the CSULB 2009-2010 Catalog.

The Community Health Education option is designed for persons whose occupational objective is to serve as a community health educator with an official, voluntary, or corporate health agency.

Lower Division: BIOL 200, 205, and either CHEM 100 or 111A; MICR 101; NUTR 132; an additional anatomy and physiology, BIOL or MICR course approved by department advisor; Spanish (3 units) or language approved by Department Advisor.

Upper Division: H SC 301, 400, 401, 402, 403, 405, 421, 430, 435, 440, 485; Three courses selected from the following: H SC 420I, 422, 423, 425I, 427, 429, 490; one course selected from the following: PSY 351 or SOC 335I; one course selected from the following: SOC 320, 336, 462, 464; and one course selected from the following: COMM 334, 335.

Option in School Health Education (code HSC_BS03) (120 units)

The School Health Option is designed for persons who wish to become health science teachers in California middle/high schools. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets subject matter competence requirements for the Health Science Preliminary Single Subject Credential (code 130).

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Health Science, prospective Health teachers are also required to complete an additional 35 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. A student may enroll in the credential program prerequisite course, EDSS 300D, after completing 80% of the required lower division, upper division, and subject matter courses. Prospective students should consult the department's Health Science Single Subject Advisor early to plan their program.

The Health Science Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


Lower Division: BIOL 200, 205; MICR 101; CHEM 100 or 111A, approved anatomy and physiology, BIOL or MICR course. PSY 100, Spanish (3 unit minimum) or language equivalent approved by HSC department advisor.

Upper Division: COMM 335 or approved upper division COMM course, EDP 302 or HDEV 307 or PSY 361, ETEC 444, NUTR 132. Select one course from: ANTH 329, CDFS 319, HSC 420I, PSY 378, SOC 320, 423.

Subject Matter Courses: HSC 210, 301, 401, 403, 421, 422, 423, 425I, 427, 430, 435, 440

Option in Health Care (code HSC_BS04) (120 units)

The Option in Health Care is designed for those individuals who have received certification and/or license from an approved allied health/health care program and desire a Bachelor of Science degree. The focus of this option is the development of professional skills for people whose goal is: (a) providing service, or (b) instructing in the health care setting.

Admission Requirements

Once admitted to the University, students are required to complete the following prior to acceptance into the Health Care Option.

1. Obtain certification and/or license from an allied health/health care program from an institution that has been accredited by either a Committee on Post-secondary Accreditation (COPA) approved accreditation agency or the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). Those individuals who do not have appropriate certification will be counseled by the Department of Health Science regarding where to obtain an appropriate accredited program, and, when possible, concurrent enrollment may be utilized;

2. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Lower Division: Completion of general education requirements to include: ENGL 100; one of the following: ANTH 120, SOC 100 or PSY 100; and minimum of 12 units in Natural Sciences, approved by department advisor equivalent to: BIOL 200, 205, MICR 101 and an additional anatomy and physiology, BIOL or MICR course approved by faculty advisor; either CHEM 100 or 111A, .

Upper Division: (39 units): Required Core: 15 units (three units from each area); courses must be selected in consultation with an option advisor:

  • A. Statistics: H SC 403 or ED P 419;
  • B. Program Development: H SC 430 and H CA 320, or H SC 455 and 316;
  • C. Professionalism: H SC 451 or HCA 340;
  • D. Health Organization: H SC 401 or 420I;
  • E. Health Promotion: H SC 435 or HCA 402;

Additional Coursework

H SC 400 and one of the following: HDEV 320 or H SC 405; one of the following: ANTH 353, SOC 462; one of the following: POSC 329, or ECON 300;

An emphasis in either:

  • A. Providing Services (12 units): HCA 410, 465; one of the following: ED P 434B, H SC 421 or 492A/B and one of the following: ANTH 319, GERN 400I, 482, or NRSG 482; or
  • B. Instructing in the Health Care Setting (12 units): HCA 410, 465 and one of the following: H SC 492A/B (3 units), or ED P 432; and one of the following ED P 305, 434B or HSC 421.

Minor in Health Science (code HSC_UM01)

Twenty-four units as follows: H SC 301, 401, 430, 435, 440, and three courses from: H SC 400, 420I, 421, 422, 423, 425I, 427.

Single Subject Credential in Health Science (code 130)

The Single Subject Teaching Credential in Health Science prepares one to teach health science in California middle/high schools. Requirements include: a) Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science with a completion of the school health option from a program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or BS/BA and a passing score on the CSET in Health Science b) GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 semester units c) Professional education courses beyond the B.S. which begin with EDSS 300D: Introduction to Teaching Health Science d) student teaching in health science. See the Health Science Single Subject Advisor.
The Health Science Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards when the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current catalog copy.

For additional information about teaching in California middle/high schools, see the Single Subject Teacher Education Program.