The Health Science major is organized to prepare you to pursue professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, physical therapy, physician assistant and mortuary science; for entry level positions that require an understanding of the biomedical field and its practical application, such as jobs in laboratories, hospitals, the government, field offices, and small business and industry; or to pursue graduate programs. The program is thorough and rigorous, and the exploration of a wide variety of career possibilities in biomedical areas is possible. The department has a strong field and practical application emphasis and classes involve field study in local areas. We pride ourselves in our small class sizes, which makes a superior learning environment for our students.
This major provides opportunities that are not part of any regular programs that exist on and off campus that provide sound practical experience, such as student assistants, participation in the campus-tutoring programs, field studies, lab experience with relevant equipment, and biological travel tours. Internships at numerous facilities are available to students to develop and apply their skills.
WHAT 5 THINGS MAKE US DIFFERENT?
#1. Flexibility of pursuing education beyond the undergraduate level. This major combines all of the courses you need to put you on the right track for a biomedical career.
#2. There are two well equipped research labs and you are encouraged to be involved in research.
#3. VCSU prepares you by educating you with hands-on opportunities that are usually reserved for graduate students. Our students run the planetarium, conduct research, and gather samples.
#4. Students travel to regional and national scientific meetings to present on their current research.
#5. All faculty in the program have earned their Ph.Ds. Several have research grants and research labs which they run with the assistance of VCSU students.