Two years ago, Providence initiated its first Bachelor of Science degree: a three-year General Biology major. This fall the science program is expanding and offering its first four-year degree. The new BSc in Health Science will give students a taste of a variety of health sciences courses and prepare them for further study.
“This major is perfect for a student who loves healthcare and the biomedical sciences,” comments Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider. “Its interdisciplinary nature gives students a broad foundation, and helps them narrow in on a career path.”
In the new Health Science major, students will take a variety of courses including anatomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and sociology of health. Students learn a little of everything and gain the entrance requirements needed to apply to a graduate or professional program, whether it be occupational therapy, genetic counselling, physician’s assistant, or medicine.
The Health Science major also prepares students to pursue a variety of careers such as laboratory technician, research assistant, technologist, or scientific sales representative.
“My goal is to keep growing the science program,” adds Dr. Dielschneider. “This is the first four-year Bachelor of Science degree, but will not be the last.”
Providence has plans to add more four-year BSc degrees with differing majors in the years to come.