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Health Sciences Undergraduate Programs

Students majoring in Health Sciences can expect to complete a multi-disciplinary, science-based curriculum that will prepare them for a broad range of careers. Our students have gone on to graduate school and professional work in dentistry, dietetics and nutrition, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistants, public health, among others.

Program Overview Advising

B.S. in
Health Sciences

A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (HS) degree combines liberal arts, basic science, social science, and health science courses for students who desire a generalized health science academic credential. Visit the School of Health Sciences Advising for 4-year plans and program checklists.

Gain relevant knowledge and skills in one of six health disciplines:

Exercise Science concentration

Prepare for a broad career in the fitness arenas as well as for graduate study in Exercise Science and other disciplines.

  • For students interested in the relationship among physical activity, weight control, disease prevention, stress management and nutrition for optimal health and performance.
  • Find jobs in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness or health/fitness screening.
Integrative Holistic Medicine concentration

Prepare for traditional and non-traditional career opportunities in community-based and medical organizations emphasizing patient-centered practices.

  • Find jobs in communities and medical systems that are opening holistic care centers, initiating patient-oriented practices and adding complementary methods to augment traditional care.
Nutrition and Health concentration

Prepares for work in a variety of clinical and public health fields that emphasize the relationship between diet, nutrition, food access and health status.

  • For students interested in studying food and nutrition as it affects health.
Pre-Health Professional concentration

Prepare for graduate work in medicine, public health, and other professional fields as well as careers in research and non-profit organizations.

  • Work with a bachelor’s as laboratory technicians, research assistants, health educators or wellness instructors.
  • Fulfills traditional application requirements for medical, dental, optometric, veterinary, physician assistant and other professional schools.
Pre-Pharmacy concentration

Prepares students to meet the academic prerequisites necessary to be considered for admission to Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs throughout the state.

  • For students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in pharmacy.
  • Seamlessly transition into the pharmacy program at Wayne State University.
  • Visit the current Oakland University undergraduate catalog for information about the two Pre-Pharmacy tracks offered.
  • Application information for the Pharmacy First program can be found under the fourth tab of this page.
Pre-Physical Therapy concentration

Prepares students to meet the prerequisite application requirements for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs throughout the state.

  • For students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physical therapy
  • Work with a bachelor’s as physical therapists, physical therapy aides, rehabilitation assistants, laboratory technicians, research assistants, health educators or wellness instructors.
Applied Health
Sciences B.S.
The Applied Health Sciences program is uniquely positioned to allow students to combine courses from the university curriculum with specific Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degrees from accredited community colleges. The two-plus-two degree completion program allow students to transfer of up to 65 semester credits from accredited two-year community colleges. Students who have completed AAS degrees in the following health-related fields may qualify for the two-plus-two Applied Health Sciences program:
  • dental assisting
  • health information technology
  • medical assistant
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • pharmacy technician
  • physical therapist assistant
  • respiratory therapy
  • surgical technology 
Students with AAS degrees in a health-related field not listed may seek permission to enroll from the Applied Health Sciences Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in a community college AAS program and Oakland University’s AHS program is not permitted. The Applied Health Sciences program requires that courses accepted for transfer must have a grade of C or above, and that all course-work has been taken at accredited institutions. Note that the Applied Health Science B.S. program has different requirements than the Health Sciences B.S. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog or  view the requirements.
Nutrition &
Health Minor
A minor in Nutrition and Health is available to students in any degree program. A total of 22 credits are required for the minor including 18 core credits and 4 elective credits. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in each course for the minor.

View the program plan for a minor in Nutrition and Health here.

Pre-Pharmacy Tracks

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a major in health sciences at Oakland University and a pre-pharmacy concentration may pursue admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) at Wayne State University (WSU).

If admitted to the WSU PharmD program through the OU Pharmacy First Program, OU students will complete their senior year of coursework taught at Wayne State University and credits earned from courses at WSU PharmD program will be transferred back to OU to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a major in health science program. It is highly recommended that students consult with the academic adviser prior to enrolling in any of these classes, as completion of coursework does not guarantee admission or completion of the program.  Admission into an accredited PharmD program is required to complete this maturation.

  • There are two tracks for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences at Oakland University with a pre-pharmacy concentration and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) at Wayne State University.  To be eligible to participate in the Pharmacy First Program OU students must meet the following requirements:
  • Maintain an overall minimum 3.3 GPA
  • All program pre-requisites completed with the minimum GPA required
  • To be considered, the applicant must successfully complete the academic and non-academic admission requirements and submit all of the appropriate applications
  • Students should declare their intent to enter into the doctor of pharmacy program, just prior to their sophomore year
  • For the Doctor of Pharmacy program, students must take the PCAT on the October test date of their junior year, scoring above the 50th percentile with no sub score (Writing, Verbal, Biology, Quantitative) below the 50th percentile
  • Student must successfully be interviewed by representatives from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University
  • Students must be admitted to the OU Pharmacy First Program before graduation.

Notification of formal admission into the doctor of pharmacy will be provided to the student before the completion of their junior year.

For more information about the Oakland University undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy degree requirements please visit the current catalog.