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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Disease, BS

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About the Program

Health and disease is a biology program of study with an emphasis on disease-related upper-level biology courses and general education electives that relate to health. The major provides a rigorous curriculum for students interested in health careers, thus giving the student many career options after graduation.

Health and Disease Website

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Health and Disease  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 Credits

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Free Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain free elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the free elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Departmental/Program Major Courses (39 credits)

*A 2.0 average is required in these courses

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (70-79 credits)

  • Organic CHM 1 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Organic CHM 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Chemistry Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • PHYS 1 Selective - Select from PHYS 23300  or 17200  (satisfies Science Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • PHYS 2 Selective - Select from PHYS 23400  or 27200  - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Computer Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

  • (satisfies Written Communication for core); (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core) or
  • (satisfies Written Communication for core); (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core)

  • Language & Culture 1 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language & Culture 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language & Culture 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Oral Communication for core)
  • General Education 1 Selective (satisfies Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 2 Selective (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Teambuilding & Collaboration Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Great Issues Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00
  • Pre-professional Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (2-11 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website or click here .

Program Requirements

16-18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16-19 Credits

15 Credits

14-15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14-15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

17-18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13-15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • 500 Level Biology Selective (Req # 14) - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 3.00
  • Health & Disease Selective (Req # 13) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Great Issues Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Pre-professional selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

14-15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirement

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.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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