Health Science(B.S.)


The suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2013-2014 academic year.

First Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
BI 101: General Biology I* 3 BI 102: General Biology II 3
BI 101L: General Biology I Lab: Zoology* 1 BI 102L: General Biology II Lab: Botany 1
CH 111: General Chemistry I * 3 CH 112: General Chemistry II 3
CH 111L: General Chemistry I Lab* 1 CH 112L: General Chemistry II Lab 1
Core: FS 189 – Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1 Core: CS 115 – Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Core: MA 130 – Foundations of Analysis I or higher* 3 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
Core: EN 111 – College Writing* (or EN 320 or EN 119&120 by placement)** 3 Core: Modern Language – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
CH 011: General Chemistry, Calculation & Computation I*** 1 non
Total: 15 
Total: 16
Second Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
Major Elective**** 4-5 Major Elective**** 4-5
Major Elective**** 4 Major Elective**** 4
Core: CO 230: Communication Skills (or DR 102, 103, 104) 3

Core: HI 101 – Roots of the West or 
HI 102 – The Shaping of the West

Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 Core: Social Science 3
Total: 14-15 
Total: 14-15      
Third Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
HS 342 Health Science Capstone Seminar 1 HS 490 Health Care Practicum  3
Major Elective**** 3 Major Elective****  4
Major Elective**** 4 Core: TH 102 – Introduction to Christian Theology  3
Core: PH 102: Introduction to Philosophy 3 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican)  3
SO 334: Sociology of Healthcare 3    
Total: 14 
Total:  13
Fourth Year
Fall Semester CR Spring Semester CR
PS 335: Health Psychology 3 Electives*****  16-19
Major Elective**** 3-4    

Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 


Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music


Core: Social Science

Total: 15-16 Total:  16-19

*Students may begin the science sequence only if they test into college level math. Students who test into developmental math must wait to begin the science sequence once they can take MA 130 or higher.

**A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

***CH 011: General Chemistry, Calculation & Computation I is a 1-non degree credit required for any student who does not place into Calculus and may require additional support.

****Students must complete 30 credits of Major Elective courses from at least two from the list below. Pre-med, pre-dental, and other pre-health students are advised to consult with the pre-health advisor to ensure that they are completing the appropriate pre-med/pre-health requirements. Please note that some science courses with co-requisite labs yield more than 3 credits.

*****Remaining credits should be determined based on meeting the minimum graduation credits in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits
GPA: 2.0
Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C


Biology Cluster

BI 207/207L Vert. Anat & Phys w/Lab (4cr) 
BI 210/210L Cell Bio w/ Lab (4cr) 
BI 301/301L Histology w/Lab (4cr) 
BI 315/315L Microbiology w/Lab (4cr)
BI 316/316L Immunology w/Lab (4cr) 
BI 302/302L Embryology w/Lab (4cr)
BI 305/305L Environmental Bio w/Lab (4cr) 
BI 402/402L Genetics w/Lab (4cr)
BI 212 Biostatistics (1cr)

Chemistry Cluster

CH 203/203L Organic Chem I w/Lab (5cr)
CH 204/204L Organic Chem II w/ Lab (5cr)
CH 401 Biochemistry I 

Physics Cluster

PY 201/201L General Physics I w/Lab (4cr) 
PY 202/202L General Physics II w/ Lab (4cr) 

Math Cluster

MA 207 Application of Statistics 
MA 220 Calculus I (4cr)

Nursing Cluster

NU 305 Pathophysiology 
NU 310 Pharmacology 

Psychology Cluster

PS 150 General Psychology 
PS 201 Human Growth & Devel.
PS 208 Psychological Statistics
PS 314 Social Psychology 

Sociology Cluster

SO 101 Intro to Soc. 
SO 344 Methods of Social Research I 
Philosophy Cluster
PH 210 Philosophy of the Human Person 
PH 230 Ethics