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Concentration in Health Science Studies

Hillyer College offers a health science studies concentration that provides students with the foundation of scientific and mathematical knowledge needed to successfully pursue bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degrees in a variety of health-related disciplines. 

This concentration is part of the Hillyer College liberal arts core curriculum, which facilitates the transfer of credits within the University of Hartford. Students who complete their Hillyer College requirements in the recommended two years not only receive an Associate of Arts degree but also are prepared to complete most baccalaureate degrees offered by the University within a total of four years.

Because of the potential career opportunities resulting from the current and future demand for highly skilled health-care professionals, students are increasingly interested in health science studies as an area of academic focus. Those who participate in the health science studies program often aspire to studies in pre-med, physical therapy, or pre-dentistry.

To help students transfer into baccalaureate-level programs, the health science studies concentration is closely aligned with the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and its College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. The concentration consists of four required Hillyer College courses--three in science and math and a fourth in literature. 

Curriculum in the health science studies program is based on foundation courses in biology and mathematics. Students take two biology courses that introduce basic concepts in inorganic and biological chemistry, cell structures, metabolic pathways, cell reproduction, genetics, and the essentials of human anatomy and physiology. Laboratory work is an integral part of both biology courses.  

Health science studies students must complete successfully a course in first-level calculus. The course serves as an initial step toward attaining the mathematical competence needed to pursue further studies in health sciences.

With a focus on strong academic performance in all required and elective courses, the health science studies concentration encourages students to augment their academic profiles and better prepare for four-year degree programs by taking summer courses such as chemistry and more advanced-level classes in human anatomy and physiology. These summer courses are offered by the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the course credits are accepted by both Arts and Sciences and Hillyer College.