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.

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).
  • Preferred admission requirements for the Health Science major:
    • High school weighted GPA at least 3.0 (2021 successful candidate average GPA is 4.2)
    • ACT composite of at least 27 (2021 successful candidate average is > 29.35) or SAT combined critical reading and math of at least 1299, with no subsection below 530 (2021 successful candidates average > 1299).
    • 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.

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, all students in the health science program take several fundamental and advanced natural science courses, social science courses, and our “core” healthcare courses.  Students individualize their curriculum by choosing from over 59 healthcare related elective courses that optimally prepare them for their chosen career path.  The full curricular requirements can be found here.

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.