Health Sciences

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This major is designed specifically to meet the modern needs of students intending to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees in the following health careers:

  • MD, Doctor of Medicine
  • DO, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • OD, Doctor of Optometry
  • DDM, Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • PA, Physician Assistant (master’s degree)
  • PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy


The health sciences curriculum is strongly based in the physical and natural sciences in order to ensure that our students not only meet the prerequisites for admission to professional health science graduate programs, but also have the ability to flourish in these programs. Successful pre-professional health sciences students traditionally have heavy schedules that are front loaded with chemistry, biology, and math courses, ensuring solid preparation for advanced study.

The preferred characteristics of a healthcare professional have recently broadened from the sole focus of patient care to include social competence, leadership, the ability to communicate, and a host of other skills and attributes. Thus students in the program are required to take courses outside of math and science to help strengthen these skills. Furthermore, there are numerous opportunities in the Nevada and surrounding communities for applied learning opportunities in the health sciences, including service-learning programs, undergraduate research, internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing, among others.

Cottey College Core Requirements:

Writing (6 hours required)
FYS 101 First-year Writing Seminar 3
WRI 102 College Writing II 3
Math (3 hours required)
Choose one of the following:
MAT 103 College Algebra 3
MAT 112 Statistics 3
MAT 201 Calculus I 4
Fine Arts (Choose from list) (3 hours required)
Humanities (Choose from list) (3 hours required)
Sciences (Choose from list) (4 hours required)
Social Sciences (Choose from list) (3 hours required)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Studies (3 hours required)
Fitness (Choose from list) (2 hours required)

Health Science Program Requirements

Science I (36 hours required)
BIO 107/L Principles of Biology 4
BIO 207/L General Zoology 4
CHE 210/1 General Chemistry I 5
CHE 212/3 General Chemistry II 5
CHE 320/1 Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 322/3 Organic Chemistry II 5
PHY 205 General Physics I 4
PHY 206 General Physics II 4
Science II (15-16 hours required)
You must complete a minimum of 4 courses from the following list.
At least two of the courses must be at the 300 level.
BIO 115 Human Nutrition 3
BIO 211/L Anatomy & Phys I 4
BIO 212/L Anatomy & Phys II 4
BIO 204/L Genetics 4
BIO 240/L Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 301/L Molecular Biology 4
BIO 401/L Advanced Topics in Microbiology 4
BIO 440 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease 4
CHE 310/311 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHE 340/341 Biochemistry 4
(We also recommend that you investigate the requirements of the program/s in which you are interested in enrolling before making your selections.)
Mathematics (7 hours required)
MAT 112 Statistics 3
MAT 201 Calculus I 4
Writing or Literature (3 hours required)
ENG or WRI 201 or above 3
Oral Communication (3 hours required)
Choose one of the following: 3
SPE 121 Interpersonal Communication
SPE 205 Gender and Communication
or a course approved by the Health Sciences Coordinator
Psychology (6 hours required)
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
Choose one of the following: 3
PSY 235 Biopsychology
PSY 240 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 245 Psychology of Personality
PSY 307 Lifespan Development Across Cultures
PSY 308 Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
PSY 321 Human Sexuality
PSY 335 Drugs and Behavior
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 351 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Ethics/Logic (3 hours required)
Choose one of the following: 3
PHI 112 Introduction to Logic
PHI 205 Ethics
Social Justice (3 hours required)
OLS 205 Social Justice and Civic Engagement 3
Fitness (3 hours required)
PHE 139 Lifetime Fitness 3
Advanced Learning (3 hours required)
Internship, Directed Study, Research, Service-Learning 3
Seminar & Capstone (5 hours required)
HSC 290 Seminar I 1
HSC 390 Seminar II 1
HSC 490 Capstone Project 3
Required Courses 87-88
Cottey Core 27*
Total Requirements for B.S. Degree 120

*Please note that some courses required for the core will overlap with courses required for the program, providing additional opportunity for elective coursework.

Year 1 Fall Spring
CHE 210/211 General Chemistry 1 & Lab 5 CHE 212/213 General Chemistry 2 & Lab 5
BIO 107/L Principles of Biology & Lab 4 BIO 207/L Zoology & Lab 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 3 SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3 WRI 102 College Writing 2 3
HSC 290 Seminar 1 1
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 2 Fall Spring
CHE 320/321 Organic Chemistry 1 & Lab 5 CHE 322/323 Organic Chemistry 2 & Lab 5
Science II Elective 4 Science II Elective 4
PHI 205 Ethics 3 WGS Requirement 3
MAT 112 Elementary Statistics 3 MAT 201 Calculus 1 4
HSC 390 Seminar 2 1
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 3 Fall Spring
PHY 205 General Physics 1 & Lab 4 PHY 206 General Physics 2 & Lab 3
SPE 121 Interpersonal Communication 3 Upper level Psychology Elective 3
Science II Elective 4 Science II Elective 4
PHE 139 Lifetime Fitness 3 OLS 205 Intro to Social Justice & Civic Engagement 4
Experiential Learning 1 Experiential Learning 1
Total: 15 Total: 15
Year 4 Fall Spring
Science II Elective 4 Science II Elective 4
Science II Elective 4 Science II Elective 4
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 HSC 490 Capstone 3
Total: 14 Total: 14
Total Hours: 120

Health Sciences Coordinator

Catherine Burke Volle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry
208 Grantham
ext. 2213


Brenda Ross, Ph.D
Professor of Chemistry
220 Grantham
ext. 2215

Ganga Fernando, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201 Grantham
ext. 2180

Robert Jones, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
212 Grantham
ext. 2240

Chris Peterson, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
202 Grantham
ext. 2212

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