Health Science Studies

Health Science Studies


For more information, please contact:

Tricia Blalock
Director of Health Science Studies
Department of HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313
(254) 710-4594

General Description

The purpose of this program is to serve as pre-professional preparation for entrance into medical, dental, physical therapy, athletic training 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 successfully matriculate into professional schools. Program emphases are offered in the following areas:

  • Pre-Medical/Dental
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Athletic Training (5 year degree program)
  • Health Professions
  • Secondary General Science Education
General Requirements

To declare the Health Science Studies (HSS) major as an entering first-year student or transfer, students must be eligible to register for both BIO 1305 and 1105, and CHE 1301 and 1101 or have completed these courses. Students who wish to change their major to Health Science Studies after completing course work at Baylor must be eligible to register for the courses listed above as well as have a cumulative GPA corresponding to the minimum requirements for each track:

Pre-Medical/Dental             3.2 cumulative GPA

Pre-Physician Assistant      3.2 cumulative GPA

Pre-Physical Therapy          3.2 cumulative GPA

Pre-Athletic Training           2.75 cumulative GPA

Health Professions              2.75 cumulative GPA

Science Education               2.75 cumulative GPA

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the minimum requirement in any semester will be placed on probation for one semester. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the required minimum for their track for a second consecutive semester must select another major or alternative track for which they do have the minimum cumulative GPA.

Students not meeting criteria for admission to the major may enroll in the Pre-Health Science Studies program, which will allow them to be advised by the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. 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.

Requesting to Change to the Health Science Studies (HSS) Major for Current Baylor Students

Students may only change their major to HSS and be admitted into the HSS program during the designated eligibility period, and only at the end of a full semester (fall or spring).

Currently, students may change to HSS. Please see detailed eligibility period information below.

December 14, 2018 – January 18, 2019

To change to HSS, current Baylor students must meet the following criteria:

1. Meet minimum GPA requirements for concentration of choice:

  • Pre-Medical/Dental: 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Pre-Physician Assistant: 3.2 cumulative GPA

  • Pre-Physical Therapy: 3.2 cumulative GPA

  • Pre-Athletic Training: 2.75 cumulative GPA

  • Health Professions: 2.75 cumulative GPA

  • Science Education: 2.75 cumulative GPA

2. Be eligible to register for, or have completed, BIO 1305/1105, and CHE 1301/1101.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and wish to apply for admittance to the HSS program, please follow the Change of Major instructions detailed here. (link to info below on the separate page, which will also have general COM instructions)

Process for Requesting Change of Major to HSS:

  1. In Bearweb, go to Student Academic Services > Student Records > Change of Major Request and fill out the online form.

  2. Your request will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria to change to the HSS major. If so, you will be contacted within 2 business days with information related to processing your request. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be contacted to inform you of this.

  3. If you are eligible, you will then meet with an advisor to discuss the HSS major.

  4. After meeting with an advisor, if you still wish to change your major, your major will officially be changed.

PLEASE NOTE: Your major will NOT be changed until AFTER you have communicated with an advisor to discuss the possible change of major.

Degree Requirements for Health Science Studies

Major Academic Planners and Minors