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Health Science

Undergraduate Programs

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

Health Science Preliminary Single Subject Credential (code 130)

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.

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:

  • Take all of the following courses:
  • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
  • MICR 101 Introduction to Human Disease (3)
  • NUTR 132 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
  • CHEM 100 Chemistry and Today's World (4)
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
  • Take Spanish (3 units) or language approved by the department advisor.

Upper Division:

  • Take one of the following:
    • COMM 335 Persuasive Speaking (3)
    • Approved upper-division COMM course
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • EDP 301 Child Development and Learning (3)
    • EDP 302 Early and Late Adolescent Development (3)
    • EDP 305 Educational Psychology (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ANTH 329; CDFS 319; HSC 420I; PSY 378; SOC 320, 423

Subject Matter Courses

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ETEC 444 Computer Technology in Education, Level I (3)
    • H SC 210 Contemporary Health Problems (3)
    • H SC 301 Orientation to Health Science (3)
    • H SC 401 Community Health Education (3)
    • H SC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
    • H SC 421 Health Behavior (3)
    • H SC 422 Environmental Health (3)
    • H SC 423 Consumer Health (3)
    • H SC 425I Human Sexuality and Sex Education (3)
    • H SC 427 Drugs and Health (3)
    • H SC 430 School Health Program (3)
    • H SC 435 Health Promotion/Risk Reduction (3)
    • H SC 440 Applied Concepts of Health Science (3)

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