Aurora University

Health Science (BS)

Why study Health Science?

Are you concerned for the well-being and health of others? Do you want a broad-based undergraduate degree that can give you a wide variety of career options in the fast-growing health care industry? If you answered yes to these questions, then majoring in Health Science could be for you. Studying Health Science is rewarding for students with a passion for both science and service. It can lead to a well-paying job right out of school and also prepare you for graduate or professional school programs in the medical field.

Why study Health Science at AU?

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program is designed for students who want to pursue professional studies in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and other health-related fields. In AU’s Health Science program, you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to take the next step toward becoming an effective health care professional. The program emphasizes both science and service in and out of the classroom.

You will receive one-on-one guidance from a faculty pre-health professions advisor. Together you will develop an individualized study plan, and you will receive frequent monitoring and feedback on your progress. AU faculty are connected to students and passionate about teaching. Because they have the same students through multiple courses from the first year through graduation, AU professors are poised to provide support where and when you need it.

AU’s Health Science program can stand alone or be combined with a double major in Biology or Chemistry. You can also pursue an emphasis in a medical profession area of study by combining the Health Science major with the Pre-Medical Professions programs, such as Pre-Dentistry or Pre-Optometry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy, you can double major in Health Science and Chemistry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in veterinarian sciences, you can double major in Health Science and Human-Animal Studies. Even with a second major or the addition of a pre-professional program, you’ll still be able to graduate in four years.

Our rigorous coursework in biology, chemistry, genetics, anatomy, and physics as well as courses in nutrition, health, exercise, and psychology provide a comprehensive foundation for graduate or professional school. Students can also apply for a year-long research program at AU. A cohort of up to 10 students leads a research project while instructors help them design and carry out experiments. At the end of the year, students present their research findings at AU’s undergraduate research symposium.

The health care field is the largest source of jobs in the U.S. and ranks among the fastest-growing professions.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words: Assistant Professor of Biology Chih-Chiun (C.J.) Chen on why now is the time to pursue a health care career

It is a great time for a young student to join the health care profession. The field is growing much faster than other professions. And there are so many different types of health care jobs available. AU professors work individually with each student to help them discover the health care career that is best for them.

$68,190

2019 MEDIAN PAY FOR A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER

14%

2018-2028 PROJECTED JOB GROWTH RATE OF HEALTH CARE OCCUPATIONS

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Curriculum Highlights
  • Biology and biochemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Lifespan development psychology
  • Microbiology and genetics
  • Statistics
Student Organizations
  • AU Science Organization
  • Healthcare Professionals of the Future
  • Mu Sigma Pi: Mind. Body. Spirit.
Americans rank medical professions among the highest in honesty and ethics.
Gallup Poll 2020
Career Possibilities
  • Aging/human development specialist
  • Biomedical illustrator/photographer
  • Biostatistician
  • Environmental and occupational health professional
  • Exercise science specialist
  • Health care administrator
  • Health care interpreter
  • Health educator
  • Health science writer
  • Maternal and child health specialist
  • Rehabilitative consultant
  • Science educator
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
Career options with additional education or experience
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health science librarian
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Physician/osteopath
  • Speech/language pathologist
  • Veterinarian
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Laboratory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics are at the core of the AU Health Science program. You will get hands-on experience with advanced teaching tools, including synthetic cadaver arm models and methods for exploring gene expression profiles. You will learn the most useful and practical laboratory research skills so you are well prepared for your future. AU advisors work with you to find internships in the health care field so you can experience your targeted profession firsthand.

Internship sites

  • All-Brite Family Dental
  • American Conservation Experience
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Edward Hospital
  • Fermilab Natural Areas
  • Fox Valley Park District
  • Kane County Health Department
  • Phillips Park Zoo
  • Morris Hospital
  • SciTech Hands On Museum
  • Valley View Dental

Advanced degree programs

AU graduates pursue advanced degrees in the health sciences fields at these graduate schools:

  • Aurora University
  • Brown University
  • Colorado State University
  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Indiana University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Midwestern University
  • National University of Health Sciences
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wayne State