- Credits: 120 total, including 30 for admission
- Course Options: Classroom and online
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. Working closely with an advisor, you'll choose 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.
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.
Requirements and Courses
Your degree will consist of 120 total credits, with at least 50 upper-division credits. Your advisor will help you pick the right courses.
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
|Chemistry (Pick one option)||
Option A: CHEM 1061/1065 AND CHEM 1062/1066
|Economics (Pick one)||APEC/ECON 1101 (preferred) or APEC/ECON 1102|
|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|
|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|
|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. Talk to 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.
- Integrative Health and Healing
- Life Sciences
- Public Health
- 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)
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
- Completion of 30 credits
- GPA of 2.5+
- Performance in relevant coursework
- Demonstrated ability to meet curricular and developmental expectations of individualized undergraduate education
- Attend an information session (if you can't make a session, call 612-624-4000 for other arrangements).
- Make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals and interests.
- Work with your advisor to apply for admission.
While developing your proposal, you can begin registering for courses.
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
Amy (A.J.) Burger Sanchez is currently a senior academic advisor in the Interdisciplinary Studies degrees 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.