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Health Science Studies

For more information contact:

Dr. Barb Symm
Health Science Studies Program Director
Department of HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313
(254) 710-4594

Dr. Paul La Bounty
General Pre-Professional Advising
Department of HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313
(254) 710-4010

General Description

The purpose of this program is to serve as pre-professional preparation for entrance into medical, dental, physical therapy, or other allied health professional graduate programs (e.g., occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, etc). The program helps students identify and meet entrance criteria to allied health degree programs while emphasizing health, fitness, and wellness. The program is the largest undergraduate program in the department and has a long history of producing outstanding students who successful matriculate into professional schools. Program emphases are offered in the following areas:

· Pre-Physical Therapy
· Pre-Medical/Dental
· Secondary General Science Education
· Health Professions

General Requirements

To declare the Health Science Studies (HSS) major, students must meet the following requirements. Regardless of hours, students must be eligible to register for both BIO 1305 and 1105, and CHE 1301 and 1101 or have completed these courses. In addition, students must meet the following GPA requirements to enter the program based on the number of hours completed at Baylor:

Hours completed at Baylor:
0-12;
 Must be eligible to register for BIO 1305, 1105 and CHE 1301, 1101or have completed these courses.

12-45;   Must have accumulative GPA of 3.3 in all Baylor classes and be eligible
to register for, or have completed BIO 1305, 1105 and CHE 1301, 1101.

46-finish;  Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 in all Baylor classes and be eligible to register for, or have completed BIO 1305, 1105 and CHE 1301, 1101.

Students not meeting criteria for admission to the major are encouraged to enroll in the Pre-Education program which will allow them to be advised, counseled, and tracked by the School of Education Office of Academic Advisement. From within this program, students who demonstrate ability to meet GPA and course readiness requirements may transition into the Health Science Studies major. Students are expected to matriculate into the Health Science Studies major within completion of 30 hours at Baylor. Students not meeting the criteria for admission to the Health Science Studies major within that time frame must select another major.


To remain in either the HSS Pre-medical/Pre-dental or Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis areas, students must maintain a 3.2 or better cumulative GPA. Students pursuing the HSS major with a Science Education focus or a Health Professions focus must maintain a 2.6 or better cumulative GPA.  Students in the HSS Pre-Medical/Dental or Pre-Physical Therapy option whose GPA falls below 3.2 in any semester will be placed on probation for one semester if the GPA is 3.0 or better. After one semester on probation, or if the GPA is 2.6-2.9 during any semester, the student may select the General Science Education or Health Professions track, or select a different major. Students whose GPA falls below 2.6 must select another major. Students may appeal the GPA requirement only in unusual circumstances. Appeals must be made in writing to the director of the HSS program within 15 days of the end of any semester when the cumulative GPA falls below the requirement.