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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Health Science Major

The challenging Health Science major is specifically designed to prepare highly motived students for successful admission into clinically focused graduate programs in healthcare. In the Health Science program, students explore various healthcare-related careers and enjoy a flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor their courses to meet their personal interests and the prerequisite requirements for a wide variety of graduate programs. 

Admission Information: prospective students

This is a highly competitive program. Helpful suggestions for high school students who are interested in health sciences: 

  • Take as many challenging advanced science and math courses as possible during your high school years. Choose being challenged over an "easy A." 
  • If your school offers Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, take the standardized exams at the end of those courses. Scores of at least 4 on AP exams or at least 5 on IB exams will earn college credit for the respective course at Butler. Specific AP/IB course suggestions for those interested in health sciences include biology, calculus, chemistry, physics, psychology, and statistics. Studies suggest that AP exam scores are one of, if not the strongest predictor of success in college majors that focus on science or math. AP exam scores are likely a better predictor of college success than high school GPA. 
  • Dual credit courses vary widely. Some, but not all, provide an excellent preparation. If your high school offers dual credit courses though a partnership with a college that does not have minimum admission requirements (many community colleges) the level at which those courses are taught may be below the level of honors, AP, or IB courses. 
  • Prepare well for the ACT (or SAT).
  • Minimum admission requirements for the Health Science major:
    • High school weighted GPA at least 3.3 (2020 successful candidate average GPA is 4.03)
    • ACT composite of at least 27 (2020 successful candidate average is > 28) or SAT combined critical reading and math of at least 1280, with no subsection below 530 (2020 successful candidates average > 1286).
    • Four years of science in high school 
    • Four years of math in high school
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There are many appropriate undergraduate majors for students desiring admission into healthcare related graduate programs, Health Sciences is just one option. Please consider these suggestions when determining the optimal undergraduate major for you.  

Change of Major information: Current Butler Students

Students who have completed two or more full semesters at Butler, and who have achieved academic success in no less than three substantial science courses are eligible to apply for a change of major.  Note AP, IB, or dual credit courses taken while in high school do not count toward this three course requirement. Applicants will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, their demonstrated academic ability, professional conduct, and desired career path.  Applications will be accepted anytime after qualifications are met (and grades finalized), however students are more likely to have a their application reviewed prior to their course enrollment windows opening if applications are received prior to October 1st in the fall semester, or prior to March 1st in the spring semester. For more information and a change of major application, please contact Tina Vawter at or 317-940-9655.


The Health Science major curriculum is challenging and flexible in order to prepare students for a wide variety of graduate programs. In addition to the Butler Core Curriculum, Health Science majors are required to complete general chemistry, cell biology, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology,  and the following healthcare related courses: 

  • BSHS 110 Introduction to Healthcare
  • PE 128 Introduction to Health Education
  • BSHS 215 Medical Terminology
  • BSHS 225 Interprofessional Health Education
  • BSHS 230 Healthcare Systems and Policy
  • BSHS 290 Exploring Public Health
  • BSHS 340 Healthcare Communications
  • BSHS 350 Health Disparities
  • BSHS 360 Healthcare Ethics
  • BSHS 430 Healthcare Quality & Improvement
  • BSHS 450 Healthcare Biostatistics
  • BSHS 460 Evidence Based Healthcare 
  • BSHS 470 Introduction to Pharmacology 

Additionally, students complete two psychology or sociology courses, and no less than 12 credit hours of advanced science courses of their choice (organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, physics, or pathophysiology.)  Additionally, there are over 60 elective courses from which to choose. Students are encouraged to make advanced science and elective choices based not only on their interests, but also on the admission requirements of the graduate programs they desire to pursue.   Current students will find the most updated curriculum guides on COPHS Resources in Canvas. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ethical, professional, collaborative, and culturally-sensitive behaviors within the healthcare setting
  • Integrate knowledge and skills from natural, formal, and social sciences with healthcare fundamentals to solve complex problems and optimize health outcomes
  • Locate, critically analyze, and apply data in a manner that supports evidence-based healthcare
  • Communicate effectively with laypersons and healthcare professionals on a variety of health related topics