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The Health Science major is a bachelor of science degree program. This program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to study health sciences, public health, the broad perspective of health and wellness at the population level, and global public health. The curriculum is based on a strong foundation in the health sciences. The curriculum includes core courses in the biological and chemical sciences, including course options in anatomy, physiology, and microbiology, a humanities core, and a global health core. Students take advantage of courses in public health offered through the Boston University School of Public Health. Electives are offered throughout the four-year program. Electives may be employed to pursue further study in a discipline-specific health field, complete prerequisite courses for specific graduate programs, or to explore broader-based interests. During their final year of the program, students complete a practicum/internship experience at one of a selection of health care sites in the Boston area or at international sites through Boston University Study Abroad. Students who plan to apply to degree programs in medicine or dentistry, or in preparation for a career as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, will take an alternate sequence of basic science courses to include graduate program prerequisite course requirements. Students will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Health Science and, if selected, a minor in a specific health concentration or other discipline. Graduates from this program may pursue employment in the health care field (e.g., public health, governmental and community agencies, insurance industry, hospitals, or the pharmaceutical industry) or may pursue graduate programs in public health or a clinical profession (e.g., physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, or medicine), health administration, business, or law. Careful selection of available courses will optimize admission to desired graduate degree programs. Students registered in this program are eligible for the accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degree (BS/MPH), offered in conjunction with Boston University School of Public Health.