Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies

Program Contact: Christine G. Fitzgerald 203-582-8688

The Health Science Studies bachelor's degree program is designed for students entering the School of Health Sciences who have interest in health care/health science related career paths. Upon admission, students choosing this option are assigned to academic advisers who will assist them in designing a customized program to meet their career goals.

First-year students are automatically enrolled in a career exploration course to help them increase the breadth and depth of their professional interests. A strong emphasis on individualized academic advising is at the core of this program. The student-adviser relationship provides opportunity and support for each student, while pursuing their goals within the Quinnipiac University educational experience.

Students interested in certain graduate degrees are strongly encouraged to declare a related minor early in their undergraduate program to ensure they have an adequate foundation for future graduate course work. Qualified students have applied and attended graduate programs such as medical school, dental school, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, speech therapy, medical laboratory sciences, pathology assistant, or one of the many other health care related programs. Successful students have been accepted to combination programs such as the 4+1 MBA in health care management program, 3+3 BS/JD program, or sociology/health science accelerated double major. The flexibility of program allows students the option to graduate early by taking summer and or J-term classes.

Students completing this bachelor’s degree may also qualify for employment in the health science or health care related professions with or without direct patient interaction. Some examples would be as research assistant, biotechnology industry position, pharmaceutical/medical sales, community public health worker, environmental health advocate and more. We have also seen an increase in graduates of BS programs choosing to do a “Gap” year and work entry-level jobs such as patient care associate, pharmacy technician and physical therapy assistant.    

BS in Health Science Studies Curriculum

A total of 122 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HSC 221 Introduction to Health Care 2
BIO 101
101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
 
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
 
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
 
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab
 
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits32
1

Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements

Following the first year of study, Health Science Studies students meet with their academic advisers and develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. To remain in good standing within the program, students must maintain an minimum overall science GPA of 2.25 and earn 122 credits for degree completion. Course selections must fulfill the following:

University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Core Courses12
Science Electives18
Open Electives33
Total Credits122
HSC 202Medical Terminology *2
HSC 205Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)1
HSC 206Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)1
HSC 207Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)1-2
HSC 210Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care3
HSC 214Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HSC 215Complementary Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective3
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care *2
HSC 225Writing in the Health Professions3
HSC 230Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals *3
HSC 250Communication Disorders3
HSC 261Scientific Study of Mummies3
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness *3
HSC 270Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level3
HSC 301Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions1
HSC 305Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences2
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century *3
HSC 320The Environment and Human Health3
HSC 322Health Care Law (LE 322) *3
HSC 330Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures *3
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
HSC 350Language Development3
HSC 351Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions *3
HSC 375Immunology3
HSC 378Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases3
HSC 380International Health Care - Field Research3
HSC 388
388L
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab *
3
HSC 389
389L
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab *
3
HSC 397Prehealth Professions Clinical Affiliation *3
HSC 460Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)3
HSC 498Independent Study in Health Sciences1-4
HSC 499Independent Study in Health Sciences II1-4
HSC 505Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)1
HSC 506Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)1
HSC 507Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)1-2
*

Health Science Studies Core Course

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Science Studies bachelor's degree program is to facilitate and enrich students’ development into knowledgeable, proficient and culturally competent interprofessional collaborators, who are leaders and lifelong learners, equally prepared for advanced health care education or direct entry into a health science career. 

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Health Science Studies program is dependent on the applicant’s potential to pursue a university program and on past academic performance. The high school student applying for admission into the Health Science Studies program should have a strong background in the biological sciences. To remain in good standing within the program, the student must maintain a science GPA of 2.25. Freshman biology (8 credits) must be successfully completed, at the latest, by the end of a student's sophomore year.

Transfer Students from within Quinnipiac University

Students currently attending Quinnipiac in another program may be accepted into the Health Science Studies program based upon a review of qualification by the program director. Students may apply upon completion of at least one semester at Quinnipiac. Students transferring in as a junior (i.e., 57 credits or more) must have completed the general biology requirements, specifically, the equivalent of 8 credits of Quinnipiac's BIO 101  & BIO 102, or BIO 150 & BIO 151 prior to entry into the upper-class component of the program.

Transfer Students from Other Colleges and Universities

Transfer students from other colleges and universities may be accepted into the Health Science Studies program. These students must meet the program’s performance standards and course requirements. For all transfer students, a minimum GPA of 2.67 is required. These students must have earned at least 8 credits of biology if entering their junior or senior year (i.e., having earned 57 credits or more), and performance standards of the program (Science GPA minimum 2.25).

HSC 202. Medical Terminology.2 Credits.

This course is a study of the principles of word analysis, word construction and word meanings as applied to medical and surgical terms. It includes a review of anatomy to indicate the relevancy of the terms being studied. The course is designed for freshman and sophomore health science students.

Offered: Every year, All

HSC 205. Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505).1 Credit.

This course has an 8-10 hour community experience component, during which the student is able to observe and apply the concepts of wellness and safety education and program implementation in a community-based service setting with various age groups. The community experience is supervised by faculty with expertise in the analysis of community-based practice and the focus of learning activities for students to be engaged as active learners. This course is repeatable, i.e. may be taken more than once.

Offered: Every year, Summer

HSC 206. Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506).1 Credit.

This seminar course includes 8-10 hours of community experience, during which the student is able to observe and apply the concepts of wellness and safety education and program implementation in a community-based service setting. The community experience is supervised by faculty with expertise in the analysis of community-based practice and the focus of learning activities for students to be engaged as active learners. This community component provides both lecture/discussion and service learning related to the impact working with population health in the community abroad. The classroom/service learning schedules will be determined. This course is repeatable, i.e. may be taken more than once.

Offered: Every year, January and Summer

HSC 207. Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507).1-2 Credits.

This seminar course includes 8-10 hours of community experience, during which the student is able to observe and apply the concepts of educating an at-risk population. Participants work on improving health and wellness and program implementation in a community-based service setting. The community experience is supervised by faculty with expertise in the analysis of community-based practice and the focus of learning activities for students to be engaged as active learners. The community component contains both lecture/discussion and service learning related to the impact working with population health in the local community. The classroom/service learning schedules will be determined. (Offerings include a MWF 1-credit section during Thanksgiving week.) This course is repeatable, i.e. may be taken more than once.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer

HSC 210. Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care.3 Credits.

Evidence-based practice in health care is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture and preferences. This is an introductory course outlining the processes associated with collecting and utilizing evidence to make clinical decisions.

Prerequisites: Take MA 275 or MA 206;
Offered: Every year, Fall Online

HSC 214. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries.3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide an overview of the athletic training profession with an emphasis on the basic fundamentals utilized by the athletic trainer in prevention, recognition, care, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Students may not also receive credit for AT 214.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151-151L;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer

HSC 215. Complementary Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective.3 Credits.

Beneficial for any student who is planning on working in health care, this course explores the history of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM), which the National Institutes of Health Center reports is currently being used by 40 percent of Americans. This course familiarizes the student with the more common forms of CAM and the rising trend of integrative medicine departments in hospitals in the U.S. Comparisons are made between conventional medicine and CAM. Specific evidence-based CAM therapies are reviewed.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Spring Online

HSC 220. Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism.3 Credits.

This course provides pre-health care professional students with an overview of the structure, systems and policies of health care delivery in the United States and includes discussions of the underlying values and political influences on quality, access and finance. Considerations are made to other nation's health care systems and how these systems address societal need. The goal of this course is to increase students' knowledge and abilities to analyze and address health care issues from the perspective of all stakeholders.

Prerequisites: Take BMS 117 or BIO 102-102L or BIO 151 or BMS 162;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 221. Introduction to Health Care.2 Credits.

Designed for health science studies majors only in their first or second year of study, this course broadens the student's understanding of the many careers in health science. It introduces key concepts necessary to work in various health care professions, develops valuable skills to improve their employability and lays a foundation for further advanced studies in the major. For HSC freshmen and sophomores only.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 225. Writing in the Health Professions.3 Credits.

This course reviews different aspects of written communication in the health science professions. Beginning with a review of general mechanics of good writing, students examine published samples from various health science disciplines. Based on answers taken from a patient's history, students rate the patient's level of health literacy and then compose a written tool to educate that patient about his or her health condition. Next, students learn how to best find reliable medical information through valid online resources and apply those references to the writing of a case study about the patient. This course is designed for health science studies students only.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151 and EN 102;
Offered: Every other year, Spring Online

HSC 230. Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals.3 Credits.

This course provides a theoretical framework in counseling, education and overall communication for health professionals, including motivational interviewing. Students describe the importance of counseling and teaching for the health professional. The educational component includes teaching and communicating at the individual level and developing skills necessary for individual and group education and counseling.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 150;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 250. Communication Disorders.3 Credits.

This course provides information regarding a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. Information regarding potential causes of disorders as well as intervention methods is presented. The various health care professions that work together on cases of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders are discussed.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Fall

HSC 261. Scientific Study of Mummies.3 Credits.

This distance learning course explores the field of mummy science, placing the study of mummies within a cultural and global context. Students discover what can be learned, how it can be learned and how data should be used to create new knowledge regarding mummified human remains. Course content challenges students to apply experimental design to mummy science questions. Students create hypotheses, design experiments, analyze collected data and determine the significance of the findings. The significance of mummy studies to current populations also is discussed.

Offered: Every year, Summer Online

HSC 262. Nutrition in Health and Illness.3 Credits.

This elective course focuses on the fundamentals of human nutrition in relation to disease prevention and treatment. This course applies practical nutrition concepts as vital tools for members of a health care team to achieve optimum patient care. Emphasis is placed on the science of nutrition, nutrition throughout the life cycle and clinical nutrition.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, All

HSC 270. Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level.3 Credits.

This course defines the concept of public health, with a focus on introducing what public health is, its foundations and a brief discussion of the historical context. The course also covers how to potentially apply public health when dealing with infectious diseases, highlighting the classical epidemiology that founded the field. Course content includes basic material related to all six public health foundational areas: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Sociomedical Science, Health Policy and Management, and Population and Family Health. Additional topics include the biomedical basis of public health, some historical developments of public health, the relationship between public health and medicine (and other fields such as engineering and politics), the future challenges to public health, and an introduction to special topics in public health including: HIV/TB/malaria, emerging infectious diseases, global health and careers in public health.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Spring and Summer Online

HSC 301. Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions.1 Credit.

This interactive seminar focuses on common challenges in health care and how those challenges may be more effectively met utilizing a team approach to health care. The common health challenges are different each week, exploring the challenges that students may experience in their own personal, family or college life. The central outcomes of this course are to: 1) Recognize how a health care team can work together; 2) Develop strategies to react responsibly and ethically to health care issues (social intelligence); 3) Develop ideas for community action as a citizen, and 4) Identify the influence of all aspects of diversity on health care delivery.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 305. Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences.2 Credits.

This course provides the student with an appreciation and understanding of the role of emotional/social intelligence in everyday living and especially in the health sciences. Topics include how emotional intelligence differs from IQ, anatomy of emotions and the mind-body connection, education for and development of emotional literacy, assessing one's own social intelligence level, applying social intelligence skills to one's personal and professional lives. Personal assessments, small group experiential activities, case studies, journaling and project development are the essential methodology for this course. Prerequisite may be waived with permission of instructor.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102 or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 315. Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century.3 Credits.

Students gain a solid understanding of bioethical principles and examine ethical dilemmas in medicine and the moral arguments that accompany them. Controversial bioethics issues such as assisted-suicide, stem-cell research, medical marijuana, organ donation and designer babies are explored though research, contemporary media and the students' own moral compasses. They study the role of public policy on bioethics and investigate cases that shaped the way modern medicine is practiced today. The course stimulates discussion leading to final group debate projects.

Prerequisites: Take EN 102 and BIO 102 or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 320. The Environment and Human Health.3 Credits.

This course examines the connection between our environment and human health and disease. Topics include an overview of toxicology, carcinogenesis, risk assessments, precautionary principle and bioaccumulation. Environmental connections to infectious diseases, emerging viruses, food production practices, loss of biodiversity, and endocrine disruptors also are discussed along with bioethical concerns of these topics. The course touches on health policies and regulations addressing environmental health issues. Students apply critical thinking skills to current environmental situations affecting our health as well as exploring the role individuals and professional health organizations have in accountability.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102 or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Fall Online

HSC 322. Health Care Law (LE 322).3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the legal issues faced by health care providers and patients. Students explore various topics arising from the organization and financing of health care, provider liability, bioethics and public health. The course focuses on the way in which law impacts the delivery of health care in the United States.

Prerequisites: Take LE 101 HSC 220;
Offered: Every other year, Spring

HSC 330. Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures.3 Credits.

In this course, students explore leadership theory and practice. This is a problem-based learning course that requires students to develop new insights around leadership and leading from the literature and from each other. Students spend the first week defining the term, and the subsequent weeks applying and refining their ideas through case-method vignettes and biographies. The culminating project of the course is to create a simple leadership development workshop, one that might be used by health care professionals.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L;
Offered: Every year, Spring and Summer Online

HSC 334. Clinical Skills Patient Communication.1 Credit.

This 1-credit course is dedicated to teaching fundamental clinical skills for patient interviewing. Students learn how to foster patient relationships and gather information during a medical interview using verbal and nonverbal communication skills in a professional and respectful manner. This course is designed for junior or senior students with a premedical designation and prehealth students majoring in health science studies or biomedical sciences.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 211-211L BIO 212-212L;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 350. Language Development.3 Credits.

This course explores all areas of typical language development from birth through adulthood. Students examine literacy development and how it is impacted by language development. Students learn how to obtain and analyze language samples.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 211-211L;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 351. Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions.3 Credits.

This course enables the student to recognize, evaluate and differentiate common systemic diseases, understand appropriate pharmacological interventions, understand the principles of pharmacology and common issues that arise when specific pharmacological agents are employed. Students may not receive credit for AT 351 also.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 212-212L;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 375. Immunology.3 Credits.

This immunology course examines topics related to the immune system, particularly the human immune system. The immune system is designed to differentiate self and non-self in order to prevent infection, disease and/or death. Students examine and discuss the current understanding of the immune response and discover why we are not sick all the time and how the body's immune system remembers "enemies" that it has seen in the past. This course covers the innate immune system, plus the two arms of the adaptive immune system--humoral immunity and cellular immunity. Immunodeficiencies, immunopathologies and immunotherapies also are discussed. Students may receive credit for BMS 375 or HSC 375, but not both.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102-102L or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Spring and Summer Online

HSC 378. Vaccines and Vaccine -Preventable Diseases.3 Credits.

This immunology course involves the investigation of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). The purpose of the course is to examine and discuss the current understanding of vaccinations and how they work, as well as the historical and current implication of VPDs. Student gain knowledge about VPDs, the childhood vaccination schedule, why they are still necessary and, most importantly, how to explain why they are safe, and to be able to debunk the current myths and misconceptions regarding vaccines. Students may only take one of the following for credit: BMS 378 or HSC 378.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 102 or BIO 151;
Offered: Every year, Summer Online

HSC 380. International Health Care - Field Research.3 Credits.

This course provides health science students with an overview of the health care structure, systems and delivery in another country. Field research is conducted during a semester break trip, during which time students interact with the local community members and health professionals. Prior to the trip, students research the factors that influence the quality, access and finance of health care. Common health issues and their social determinants are explored as they relate to the subpopulation of interest. The goal of this course is to increase students' knowledge and abilities to analyze and address health care issues specific to a population while in the field.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 101-102 or BIO 150-151 and MA 275 or MA 206;
Offered: As needed

HSC 388. EMT I Training.2 Credits.

This course includes both lecture and clinical experience, and provides students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required for Emergency Medical Technician National Certification. Successful completion of HSC 388-389 (two-semester sequence) and fulfillment of the state-mandated hours of instruction are required to be eligible for certification. This course must be taken in conjunction with HSC 388L.

Corequisites: Take HSC 388L;
Offered: Every year, Fall

HSC 388L. EMT I Training Lab.1 Credit.

This is the laboratory component of HSC 388. It includes learning the techniques necessary to develop the knowledge and skills required for Emergency Medical Technician National Certification. This course must be taken in conjunction with HSC 388.

Corequisites: Take HSC 388
Offered: Every year, Fall

HSC 389. EMT Training II.2 Credits.

This course includes both lecture and clinical experience, and provides students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required for Emergency Medical Technician National Certification. Successful completion of the HSC 388-389 (two-semester sequence) and fulfillment of the state-mandated hours of instruction are required to be eligible for certification. This course must be taken in conjunction with HSC 389L.

Prerequisites: Take HSC 388-388L;
Corequisites: Take HSC 389L;
Offered: Every year, Spring

HSC 389L. EMT Training II Lab.1 Credit.

This is the laboratory component of HSC 389. It includes learning the techniques necessary to develop the knowledge and skills required for Emergency Medical Technician National Certification. This course must be taken in conjunction with HSC 389.

Prerequisites: Take HSC 388 HSC 388L;
Corequisites: Take HSC 389;
Offered: Every year, Spring

HSC 397. Prehealth Professions Clinical Affiliation.3 Credits.

This apprenticeship program pairs an undergraduate student who displays maturity, dedication and sensitivity with a health professional in his or her field of interest for a 12-week period. The affiliation is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to observe social, ethical and medical issues in a clinical setting. Professional dress is required. Students may register for the course according to the following criteria: permission of faculty; completion of a minimum of three semesters at Quinnipiac; satisfactory GPA.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 211;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

HSC 460. Advanced Nutrition (AT 460).3 Credits.

This advanced-level food and nutrition course examines the composition and physiological role of nutrients and their relationships to health and the body. Macronutrient metabolism as well as a detailed examination of the role of vitamin and mineral metabolism are explored. Current nutrition issues of supplement use, weight management, sports nutrition, nutritional ecology and the application of nutrition directly to food and its preparation also are addressed.

Prerequisites: Take AT 230 AT 330 or HSC 262;
Offered: Every year, Spring

HSC 498. Independent Study in Health Sciences.1-4 Credits.

This course consists of health sciences content not offered by another QU catalog course. It must involve contact hours and scholarly activities equivalent to any regularly offered course. This course often includes a review of the scientific literature in the field of the research project and creating a "product," such as a term essay, a series of short papers, laboratory or project reports, a portfolio or presentation at a scientific meeting. Students cannot register online; registration is via a paper form only. BMS students may take up to 8 credits of BMS 482, BMS 483, BMS 498, BMS 499, HSC 498, HSC 499.

Offered: As needed

HSC 499. Independent Study in Health Sciences II.1-4 Credits.

This course consists of health sciences content not offered by another QU catalog course. It must involve contact hours and scholarly activities equivalent to any regularly offered course. This course often includes a review of the scientific literature in the field of the research project and creating a "product," such as a term essay, a series of short papers, laboratory or project reports, a portfolio or presentation at a scientific meeting. Students cannot register online; registration is via a paper form only. BMS students may take up to 8 credits of BMS 482, BMS 483, BMS 498, BMS 499, HSC 498, HSC 499.

Offered: As needed

HSC 505. Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205).1 Credit.

This course has an 8-10 hour community experience component, during which the student is able to observe and apply the concepts of wellness and safety education and program implementation in a community-based service setting with various age groups. The community experience is supervised by faculty with expertise in the analysis of community-based practice and the focus of learning activities for students to be engaged as active learners.

Offered: Every year, Summer

HSC 506. Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206).1 Credit.

This seminar course includes 8-10 hours of community experience, during which the student is able to observe and apply the concepts of wellness and safety education and program implementation in a community-based service setting. The community experience is supervised by faculty with expertise in the analysis of community-based practice and the focus of learning activities for students to be engaged as active learners. This community component provides both lecture/discussion and service learning related to the impact working with population health in the community abroad. The classroom/service learning schedules will be determined.

Offered: Every year, January and Summer

HSC 507. Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207).1-2 Credits.

The Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar course includes 8-10 hours of community experience, during which the student is able to observe and apply the concepts of educating an at-risk population on improving health and wellness and program implementation in a community-based service setting. The community experience is supervised by faculty with expertise in the analysis of community-based practice and the focus of learning activities for students to be engaged as active learners. This community component provides both lecture/discussion and service learning related to the impact working with population health in the local community. The classroom/service learning schedules will be determined.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer

Premedical Studies Program

Students majoring in Health Science Studies, Biology, Biomedical Sciences or the natural science track of Behavioral Neuroscience may fully participate in the premedical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students should refer to Premedical Studies for more information about the premedical studies program and contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.

3+3 BA or BS/JD Program for Health Science Studies Majors

Freshman Entry

Incoming freshmen who express an interest in the 3+3 BS/JD program must meet the following requirements:

  • Admitted to Quinnipiac as a Health Science Studies major
  • Minimum of 1200 on the SAT (critical reading plus math) or an ACT composite of 27
  • Top 20% of graduating high school class
  • Indicate an interest in “pre-law” on their application for admission

Students interested in the program who are close to but do not meet these criteria may apply to the Admissions Office for special consideration.

Once admitted the student must follow the academic plan of the undergraduate major with consultation from both the academic adviser and the Pre-Law Adviser. 

At the end of the third year (junior year), students must have met the following requirements to enter the Quinnipiac School of Law senior year:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Take the LSAT no later than February of their third year and score a minimum of 150
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 92 academic credits including all major and University Curriculum requirements
  • File a law school application with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) during their third undergraduate year.The Law School Admissions Office will work with students to ensure the application is complete.
  • All law school applications will be reviewed by the Law School Admissions Committee to make sure the prerequisites are met and there are no character and fitness issues.

Students scoring below 150 on the LSAT will need to have their applications reviewed by the Quinnipiac School of Law Admissions Committee to determine whether they are eligible for early admission to the law school, and if so, whether they will receive merit scholarship funds.

Sophomore / Transfer Student Entry

Sophomores attending Quinnipiac University as well as sophomore transfer students may enter the program during the first semester of sophomore year by applying through the Pre-Law Adviser.

Students need to meet the following requirements to be admitted:

  • Minimum of 27 academic credits completed successfully (no more than 30 transfer credits can be applied toward the undergraduate degree)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon entry into the program
  • Minimum of 1200 on the SAT (critical reading plus math) or an ACT composite of 27
  • Top 20% of graduating high school class

Students interested in the program who are close to but do not meet these criteria may apply to the Pre-Law Adviser for special consideration.

Once admitted, students must follow the academic plan of the undergraduate major with consultation from both the academic adviser and the Pre-Law Adviser.

At the end of the third year (junior year), students must have met the following requirements to enter the Quinnipiac School of Law in the fall of their senior year:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Take the LSAT no later than February of their third year and score a minimum of 150
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 92 academic credits including all major and University Curriculum requirements
  • File a law school application with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) during their third undergraduate year.The Law School Admissions Office will work with students to ensure the application is complete.
  • All law school applications will be reviewed by the Law School Admissions Committee to make sure the prerequisites are met and there are no character and fitness issues.

Students scoring below 150 on the LSAT will need to have their applications reviewed by the Quinnipiac School of Law Admissions Committee to determine whether they are eligible for early admission to the law school, and if so, whether they will receive merit scholarship funds.

Senior Year

Students who meet the program requirements will use the first year of Quinnipiac School of Law for their fourth year of undergraduate credits.

During the senior year, the student would be enrolled in L1 courses for a total of 30 academic credits.

Up to 30 Quinnipiac School of Law credits will apply toward the Health Science Studies open electives to complete the undergraduate Health Science Studies degree.

Students who meet all senior week participation requirements/criteria will be allowed to participate in the activities.

  • May undergraduate Commencement
  • Merit scholarships will continue through Quinnipiac School of Law as long as scholarship academic requirements are maintained
  • Student can remain in university housing during their senior year

For additional information contact: