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2021-2022 University Catalog 
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Biomedical Health Sciences (Formerly Health Science Pre-Professional)/Interdisciplinary Health Science Concentration, BS

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The Health Science Pre-Professional (HSPP) program is changing its name to Biomedical Health Sciences (BMHS) effective Fall 2021 in recognition of the STEM and biomedical focus of this major.  Newly admitted students for Fall 2021 to Health Sciences Pre-Professional (HSPP) may continue in HSPP or change to BMHS when they matriculate. The new Interdisciplinary concentration within the Health Sciences Pre-Professional major provides a flexible plan of study that can be applied to a variety of health related fields. Students will be empowered to enhance the basic Health Science Pre-Professional curricula with the science courses that best fit their own interests. The customizable nature of the concentration is ideal for addressing new emerging fields and opportunities.

The newly renamed Biomedical Health Sciences (BMHS) major, formerly Health Science Pre-Professional (HSPP), is designed to prepare students for entry into professional and graduate schools in a wide arena of health professions and health sciences. This concentration is specifically designed for students interested in health care careers that want the flexibility to design their own path or are not decided on a specific professional program. Also, this concentration allows students to prepare for the many professional programs in healthcare or biomedical sciences that are not specifically covered by the other concentrations, e.g. toxicology, molecular medicine, occupational and physical therapy, medical scientist, exposure science, and other biomedical and public health sciences.

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IDHS) concentration is more flexible so students can fit the requirements of their professional or graduate program of choice. However, this program goes beyond minimum requirements to ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of a professional program across any of the biomedical health sciences. 

School of Health Sciences

Biomedical Health Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements

Interdisciplinary Health Science Concentration (24 credits)

  • HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science and Health Selectives - Credit Hours: 21.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (15-16 credits)

Electives (13-14 credits)

Additional Requirements

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16-17 Credits

14 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Science and Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science and Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI HBSS Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Science and Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science and Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • English Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Science and Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science and Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 3.00

14-15 Credits


  • A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass.  Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes.  In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option.  A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
  • An Ethics course (such as PHIL 11100 Ethics or PHIL 27000 Biomedical Ethics) is highly recommended.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • At least 32 credits of Purdue coursework required at 30000 level or higher for graduation.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  





Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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