School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Healthcare Studies (BS)
The Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Studies is designed for pre-health students who want to pursue careers in healthcare fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, health care administration, occupational therapy, physician assisting, and podiatry.
The school of Interdisciplinary Studies offers the degree, which provides the academic foundation for pre-health students to prepare for advanced study as well as the essential knowledge components in healthcare studies.
Science foundation areas within the degree include biology, chemistry, and physics. Healthcare studies areas include pre-health professional development, a healthcare internship, medical terminology, psychological aspects of health and illness, understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, patient education, and prevention.
Bachelor of Sciences in Healthcare Studies
Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)1
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
One of the following
Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
One of the following:
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
One of the following:
American History: 6 semester credit hours
Two of the following:
Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
II. Major Requirements: 47 semester credit hours
Major Core Course: 3 semester credit hours
Foundation I: Scientific Foundation Studies: 15 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
Foundation II: Healthcare Foundation Studies: 14 semester credit hours
Foundation III: Multidisciplinary Healthcare Studies: 15 semester credit hours
Required (9 semester credit hours):
And choose 6 semester credit hours from among the following:
III. Prescribed Elective Requirements: 22 semester credit hours
Required for all freshmen: 1 semester credit hour
Prescribed Electives: 21 semester credit hours
Students interested in pursuing entrance into health professional fields (such as medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, optometry, etc.) should seek advising on additional courses required for entrance into the particular professional school of their interest. A subset of the following courses should be considered essential and should be taken as part of their elective credits.
IV. Elective Requirements: 9 semester credit hours
Guided Electives: 9 semester credit hours
Students must complete a total of 51 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework to graduate. A minimum of 45 semester credit hours must be taken at UT Dallas. All the coursework in the final semester must be taken at UT Dallas.
- Incoming freshmen must complete and pass UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- A required major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in the Core Curriculum.