Health Science Studies

For more information 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 successful matriculate into professional schools. Program emphases are offered in the following areas:

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

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 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.

Degree Requirements for Health Science Studies

Major Academic Planners and Minors