Health and Wellbeing Sciences Bachelor's Degree

Mandi Wordes

Become an Advocate of a Healthy Lifestyle

The Health and Wellbeing Sciences degree equips you with a solid foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences as they relate to the health and wellbeing industry. You'll take an interdisciplinary blend of courses in communication and management, fitness and nutrition, ethics, and more.

In addition, you can focus on a specific area of interest, so you'll be ready to enter the workforce or pursue graduate or professional school.

Stories

This new degree was created out of the growing interest in Health and Wellness as its own unique major. Formerly a theme within our Inter-College Program, it already has successful, accomplished alumni. Here are some of their stories.

Courses

Your degree will consist of 120 total credits, with at least 50 upper-division credits.

Please note that some courses in the Health and Wellness Core may have prerequisites that are not included within the Foundation Prerequisites.

A grade of C- or better is required in these courses

Category Course(s)
Biology BIOL 1009
Chemistry (Pick one option)

Option A: CHEM 1061/1065 AND CHEM 1062/1066
or
CHEM 1081/1065 AND CHEM 1082/1086
Option B: CHEM 1015 with CHEM 1017 AND BIOC 2011

Economics (Pick one) APEC/ECON 1101 (preferred) or APEC/ECON 1102
Nutrition FSCN 1112
Social Science (Pick one) ANTH 1003W, ANTH 1005W, EPSY 1281, FSOS 1101, FSOS 1201, FSOS 1211, GEOG 1301, PSY 1001, SOC 1001

 

A grade of C- or better and a minimum 2.0 GPA is required in these courses.

Category Courses (Pick One)
Anatomy ANAT 3001, ANAT 3601, ANAT 3611, KIN 3027
Communication ABUS 4023W, ABUS 4571W, ICP 3101W, KIN 5203, PHAR 3206, WRIT 3029W, 3221W, 3257, 3405W, 3562W, 3577W
Ethics BTHX 5100, 5300, NURS 4402, PHAR 4200W, PHIL 3302W, PHIL 3305
Health and Fitness KIN 3001
Integrative Health  
CSPH 3001 (preferred), CSPH 5101, CSPH 1001
 
Management/Economics ABUS 4022W, ABUS 4501, ABUS 4705, ABUS 4707, HSM 3521, HSM 4541, HSM 4561W, MGMT 3001, MGMT 3010, PUBH 3801
Nutrition CSPH 5431, FSCN 3612, 3614, 3615, 4112, 4612, 4614 or FSCN/CSPH 3301, PUBH 3905
Pathology LaMP 4177
Physiology BIOL 3211, KIN 3385, PHSL 3051, PHSL 3061
Public Health PUBH 3001, PUBH 3004
Statistics EPSY 3264, NURS 3710, PSY 3801, SOC 3811, STAT 3011, STAT 3021
Terminology PHAR 5201 (preferred), PHAR 1002

 

Choose one course from the list below. Consult with your advisor about other related courses that may be considered.

  • Career and Internship Preparation (ICP/CFAN 3201)
  • Making the Most of Your Professional Experience (CFAN 3096)
  • Career Search for the Professional Environment (ABUS 3051 )
  • Writing a Personal Statement (AHS 2400)
  • Career Planning (ID 3201)

Courses in your focus area will be selected with the help of your advisor.

  • Addiction
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Integrative Health and Healing
  • Life Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sexuality
  • Sociology
  • Youth Studies

All U of M students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University requirements, including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about these course requirements, see the liberal education requirements.

To reach the 50 upper-division credits required for the major, students may increase course selections within the Focus Area or add related supporting coursework. This courses below are only suggestions.

  • The Color of Public Policy (AAS/AFRO/AMIN/CHIC 4231)
  • Marketing for the Professional Practice (ABUS 4703)
  • Building the Professional Practice I: Anatomy (ABUS 4709)
  • Building the Professional Practice II: Physiology (ABUS 4711)
  • Cultural Histories of Healing (ANTH 4075)
  • Geography of Health/Health Care (GEOG 3411W)
  • Blood, Bodies and Science (GWSS 3202)
  • History of Medicine (HMED 3001W)
  • Drugs and the U.S. Health Care System (PHAR4200W)
  • Pharmacology for Pre-Med and Life Sciences (PHCL 3100)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 3604)
  • Sociology of Health and Illness (SOC 4246)

Admission

You can apply to the program once you've finished 30 credits. These credits may be taken at the U or at other colleges. Talk with a Health and Wellbeing Sciences advisor and visit Transferology for more information. 

Fall Semester Application Deadline | Priority: March 1; Final: August 1

Spring Semester Application Deadline | Priority: October 1; Final: December 1

Admission Factors

  • Completion of 30 credits
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • Performance in relevant coursework
  • Demonstrated ability to meet curricular and developmental expectations of individualized undergraduate education

Application Steps

  1. Attend an information session (if you can't make a session, call 612-624-4000 for other arrangements).
  2. Make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals and interests.
  3. Work with your advisor to apply for admission.

While developing your proposal, you can begin registering for courses.

Career Paths

Here are just a few fields where health and wellbeing science experts can find fulfilling job opportunities: 

  • Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing 
  • Chiropractic, Physician Assistance, Occupational Therapy 
  • Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Medical Social Work, Integrative Medicine 
  • Corporate Wellness, Wellness Coaching 
  • Medical Device Sales, Pharmaceutical Sales 
  • Public Health, Health Care Administration, Insurance 
  • Wellness Business Ownership, and much more.

Meet Your HWS Advisor

Amy Burger Sanchez Photo

Amy Burger Sanchez

Amy (A.J.) Burger Sanchez is currently a senior academic advisor in the Inter-College Program and teaches ICP 3101W Proposal Development Seminar. While her course is designed for students pursuing health-related individualized degrees, she loves working with students and curricula across all disciplines. Amy holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in comparative and international development education.

Sign Up for an Event

Get started by attending a small-group meeting where you'll learn more about the Inter-College Program or the Health and Wellbeing Sciences program and meet other students with interdisciplinary interests. Attending this Information Session is your first step in the admission process. (if you can't make a session, call 612-624-4000 for other arrangements).

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

In-Person Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.