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Concentration in Health Science Studies

This concentration is not for students majoring in the health-related disciplines or Biology. Students in those fields should be following the guidelines for the Associate in Science degree.

Hillyer College offers a health science studies concentration that provides students interested in the sciences with a foundation of scientific and mathematical knowledge. It is intended to provide a science background for students interested in scientific writing, history of science, business, or public policy.

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.

Students who intend to follow careers in the health professions should be following the curriculum in the Associates in Science, General Sciences.  In our current economy, however, a number of students might want to take their interests in science into other majors.  Those students who participate in this concentration often hope to take their scientific interests to work in fields such as public policy, history, communications, and marketing. 

Curriculum in the health science studies concentration 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.  Advanced mathematics courses prepare students to understand the complexities of lab reports and research in the field.