Health Science Studies (Pre-Health)

Health Science Studies (Pre-Health)

The Health Science Studies (HSS) program serves 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).

This program helps students identify and meet entrance criteria to allied health degree programs while emphasizing health, fitness, and wellness. The largest undergraduate program in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, HSS 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


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 HSS 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:

Track GPA Degree Plan
Pre-Medical/Dental 3.2 View Degree Plan
Pre-Physician Assistant 3.2 View Degree Plan
Pre-Physical Therapy 3.2 View Degree Plan
Pre-Athletic Training 3.0 View Degree Plan
Health Professions 3.0 View Degree Plan

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.