Bachelor of Science, Major in Health Science


The B.Sc. in Health Science program is designed to prepare students for public and private sector careers in health research, health practice, health product production and distribution, and health management. It also prepares students for entry into schools of health or graduate studies.

The objectives of the degree are as follows:

  1. To provide students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences together with writing and critical thinking skills.
  2. To provide students with a broad knowledge of the various health professions involved in the Canadian health system.
  3. To equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in health service delivery, health research, production and distribution of health products, and other health-related fields.
  4. To provide students with the educational prerequisites necessary for entry into a) post graduate degrees in the sciences, and b) qualified health professional programs (e.g. medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, medical technical programs, pharmacy).
  5. To provide students with the opportunity to integrate an understanding of complementary medicine (e.g., naturopathy, traditional Asian medicine) with the basic sciences.

The B.Sc. in Health Science is designed around a core of required basic science and health science courses, complemented by health science and open electives that provide graduates with a solid science foundation but also with critical health research, communication, and management skills for future success.

Please note that the first and second year courses required in the program are normally available on both Richmond and Surrey campuses. However, the courses with the prefix "HSCI" will be offered on the Surrey campus only.

Who Studies Health Science?

This degree program will appeal to individuals with a strong interest in life sciences and human biology and those who wish to pursue a career in the wide variety of health care fields.

Students who are successful in this program are likely to be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic and have well-developed oral and written communication skills.

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Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Science and Horticulture degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 21 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • BIOL 1110 with a minimum grade of “C”
    • BIOL 1210 with a minimum grade of “C”
    • CHEM 1110 with a minimum grade of “B” or CHEM 1210 with a minimum grade of “C”
    • MATH 1120 with a minimum grade of “C” or MATH 1130 with a minimum grade of “C”
    • HSCI 1115 with a minimum grade of “C”

Curricular Requirements

All students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 120 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher. 
  • 45 credits from a minimum of 15 courses at the 3000 level or higher, including 9 credits at the 4000 level.
  • 18 credits of breadth electives including:
    • at least 12 credits from courses that are offered outside the Faculty of Science & Horticulture; and
    • up to 6 credits from fields of science not prescribed in the Major requirements; and
    • 3 credits from a course at the 3000 level or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • At least 50% of all courses for the BSc, and at least 66% of upper-level courses for the BSc, must be completed at KPU.

The Health Science Major requires the completion of a minimum of 124 credits, including the following specific course requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credits
BIOL 1110 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL 1210 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 1110 The Structure of Matter 4
CHEM 1210 Chemical Energetics and Dynamics 4
ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3
HSCI 1115 Introduction to Health Science 3
HSCI 2220 Medical Terminology 3
MATH 1120
Differential Calculus
or Calculus for Life Sciences I
MATH 1230 Calculus for Life Sciences II 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Indigenous Studies  
Problems and Concepts  
Critical Thinking  
Introduction to Scientific Reasoning  
Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures  
Year 2
BIOL 2320 Genetics 4
BIOL 2321 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 2421 Cellular Biochemistry 3
CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 1101 Physics for Life Sciences I 4
SOCI 2280 Sociology of Health, Disability, and Society 3
ElectiveAt the 1100 level or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Social & Cultural Anthropology  
Environmental Toxicology  
Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes  
Physics for Life Sciences II  
Critical Thinking  
Year 3
BIOL 2330 Microbiology 4
BIOL 3130 Foundations of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
BIOL 3180 Life Science Research Methods 3
BIOL 3321 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 4230 Human Gastrointestinal, Excretory, and Reproductive Systems 3
MATH 2335 Statistics for Life Sciences 3
PHIL 3010 Health Care Ethics 3
Select two of the following: 6-7
Molecular Genetics  
Applications of Health Science  
Complementary Medicine  
Year 4
BIOL 3421 Molecular Biochemistry 3
BIOL 4130 The Human Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Nervous Systems 4
HSCI 4380 Critical Evaluation 3
HSCI 4950 Senior Seminar 3
ElectiveAt the 3000 level or higher 3
Select two of the following: 6-8
Microbiology II  
Human Genetics  
Developmental Biology  
Human Pathology  
Select two of the following: 6
Health Program Planning and Evaluation  
Health and Aging  
Populations and Policy  
Health Business  
 Total Credits124-128

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science, Major in Health Science.

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