During the first three years of the BS/DPT program (freshman, sophomore, and junior years) students complete a minimum of 96 credits. The Bachelor of Science in Health Studies degree is awarded after successfully completing all prerequisite courses and the first-year professional physical therapy coursework.
Grade Point Average
The program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring semester of sophomore year and by the end of the spring semester of junior year.
Eleven prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to continue into the professional program. Up to 8 credits of prerequisite courses can be taken at institutions other than Boston University. Any prerequisite course taken outside of BU must be pre-approved via petition following the procedures prescribed by Sargent College’s Academic Services Center. These are:
CASBI105: Introductory Biology for Health Sciences
Principles of biology; emphasis on cellular structure, genetics, microbiology, development, biochemistry, metabolism, and immunology. This course is appropriate for non-majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Students may not receive credit for CAS BI 105 if CAS BI 108 has already been passed. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
CASBI106: Human Anatomy
Intensive preprofessional course for students whose programs require anatomy. Not for biology concentration credit. Gross structure of the human body; skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Three hours lecture, two hours lab (lab requires dissection). Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
CASBI211: Human Physiology
Some knowledge of chemistry and anatomy assumed. Not for concentration credit; Biology concentrators should take CAS BI 315. Introduction to principles of systemic mammalian physiology with special reference to humans. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
CASCH171: Principles of General Chemistry
Introduction to chemistry: separation and purification of matter, atomic theory, structure of atoms, molecules and chemical bonding, chemical formulas, equations, stoichiometry; water, solutions, concentration, acids, bases, pH and buffers; gases; reaction kinetics and equilibrium, and radioactivity. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
CASCH172: Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
Organic chemistry: structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of carbon compounds; emphasis on compounds of biochemical interest: polysaccharides, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. Biochemistry: structure and function of molecules of biological importance; metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. CAS CH 171 combined with CAS CH 172 is intended as a terminal sequence.
CASMA118: College Algebra and Trigonometry
MA 118 may not be taken for credit by any student who has completed any MA course numbered 121 or higher. Functions and graphs. Linear and quadratic equations. Exponents; logarithms. Right and oblique triangles; trigonometric functions. Optimization. Specifically intended to prepare students with insufficient background in mathematics for the study of calculus. This course may not be used in fulfillment of the divisional studies requirement. Satisfies the mathematics requirement in the College program.
CASMA121: Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I
Students may receive credit for either CAS MA 121 or 123, but not both. Differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Same topics as CAS MA 123, but with less emphasis on mathematical generality and more on application. Especially suitable for students concentrating in the biological and social sciences. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS.
CASPY106: Elementary Physics 2
CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics. Electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, discussion section, and laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
SARHP412: Abnormal Behavior in Rehabilitation
Survey of theory, research, and therapeutic interventions related to the rehabilitation of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Presents an overview of maladaptive problems in living from personal, biological, social, and environmental perspectives. Emphasizes issues of special relevance to health and rehabilitation professionals. 4 credits, 1st semester
SARHS342: Exercise Physiology
Application of physiological principles under different exercise conditions. Integration of the body systems in performance of exercise, work and sports; immediate and long-range effects of these activities on the body. Laboratory includes the measurement of physiological parameters under exercise conditions.
Sargent Core Curriculum
Students must pass each course in the Sargent Core Curriculum, which are:
SARHP151: Introduction to the Health and Rehabilitation Professions
Freshmen Seminar. Exploration of the roles and functions of the health and rehabilitation disciplines. Introduction to the health care system and its impact on society. Sargent students only.
SARHP252: Health and Disability Across the Lifespan
Overview of healthy development across the lifespan followed by an examination of common conditions that typically begin in certain stages. Each condition will be examined for its individual, group and systemic impacts.
SARHP353: Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
The focus of this interdisciplinary course is on increasing the student's understanding of the health care system, the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that affect health care, and on increasing the student's ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The student will actively engage in individual work, group discussion and teamwork through written, oral, and web site assignments.
By the end of the junior year, students are expected to observe for 30 hours in a clinical setting and submit a paper about the experience. Students register for SAR PT 341 (0 credit, P/F) to complete this requirement.
Students must complete two English Composition courses:
CASWR100: Writing Seminar
Topic-based seminar in academic reading and writing. Attention to reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation. Significant writing and individual conferences.
CASWR150: Writing and Research Seminar
Topic-based seminar in academic reading, writing, and research. Continuing attention to argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation, with additional emphasis on college-level research. Significant writing and individual conferences.
- Humanities courses: 8 credits
- Social Science courses: 4 credits
- General electives: 8 credits
- Physical education courses (or evidence of participation in two semesters of a varsity-level sport): 1.5 credits
- Specialty elective (one course from the below list): 4 credits
CASBI114: Human Infectious Diseases: AIDS to Tuberculosis
A study of the world's major human diseases, their causes, effects on history, pathology, and cures. Principles of immunology. Emphasis on present maladies such as AIDS, herpes, cancer, mononucleosis, tuberculosis, influenza, and hepatitis. This course is appropriate for non-majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
CASPH100: Introduction to Philosophy
Introduces the nature of philosophical activity through careful study of major philosophical topics. Topics include happiness, knowledge, and God's existence. How is knowledge acquired? What reasons are there for supposing that God exists? Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
CASPH150: Introduction to Ethics
What is morality? What does morality require of us in our daily lives? We look both at theories that specify what morality requires of us and at specific moral issues to which these theories apply. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
CASPH251: Medical Ethics
Explores moral philosophical issues that arise in connection with medicine and emerging biotechnologies. Examines topics such as the right to healthcare, research ethics, euthanasia, abortion, concepts of death and disease, and assisted reproductive technologies. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
CASPS202: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive neuroscience seeks to understand the brain basis of cognition. This course introduces research methods and human neuroanatomy, and provides a survey of topics including learning and memory, attention, perception, language, social cognition, and executive function. Also offered as CAS NE 202.
CASPS205: Memory and Brain
Explores how modern methods of cognitive science and neuroscience have led to new insights about memory and, more generally, to a greater understanding about the mind and brain functions that mediate cognition, emotion, behavior, and consciousness.
CASPS231: Physiological Psychology
Analysis of the central nervous system: information processing and decision making; emphasis on physiological aspects of perception, attention, learning, and memory. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
CASRN106: Death and Immortality
Examines death as religious traditions have attempted to accept, defeat, deny, or transcend it. Do we have souls? Do they reincarnate? Other topics include cremation, ancestor worship, apocalypse, alchemy, AIDS, near-death experiences, otherworld cosmologies.
COMCM311: Professional Presentation
Students will learn the essentials of effective presentation, from preparation (audience analysis, content development) to critical thinking when presenting. This course is designed to help students to incorporate theories and skills of effective communication in a variety of contests. Using a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on practice and simulation, this course is designed to place students in common business and social settings that require a mastery of oral presentation skills in order to be successful. This course will also include instruction on the effective use of presentation software and interactive technology.
SARHP500: Helping Skills: Fundamentals of Health Communications
The course is designed to improve the student's cultural competence, interpersonal and human relations skills. Through lecture, experiential activities and class discussions, students explore the meaning of helping/healing and identify the factors that facilitate counseling and professional relationships. These skills are also fundamental for health promotion programs.
SARHS300: Epidemiology I
Epidemiology examines the distribution of health and diseases across the population, and the factors that impact health. This course covers the principles and methods used in epidemiology, particularly as it relates to public health, including the types of study designs used in health care research and the interpretation of research studies. The final portion of the course focuses on critical evaluation of public health literature (journal articles). 4 credits, either semester
SARHS375: Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
Overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during normal and pathological conditions. Pathophysiology of exercise performance in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Adaptations to physical conditioning in these diseases.
SEDHE522: Community Health
Examines the interrelationship of school and community health programs. Community health services, health environment, and healthful living emphasized. The responsibilities and the coordination of school and agency personnel in total health education programs are addressed. 4 cr, 1st sem.
SPHPH510: Introduction to Public Health
Students will gain an understanding of public health as a broad, collective enterprise that seeks to extend the benefits of current biomedical, environmental, social, and behavioral knowledge in ways that maximize its impact on the health status of a population. The course will provide an overview of the public health approach including epidemiology, understanding the social determinants of health, and prevention. Through active learning, students will learn skills in identifying and addressing an ever expanding list of health problems that call for collective action to protect, promote and improve our nation's health, primarily through preventive strategies. Specific topics will include: food safety, HIV/AIDS, vaccines, and tobacco control and prevention. PH510 is a requirement for obtaining an undergraduate minor in public health. It is appropriate for undergraduates and others who are not in an SPH degree program. It does not carry degree credit for MPH students.
The only professional course taken during the first 3 years of study is Gross Human Anatomy (SAR HS369). Students must obtain a minimum grade of C in this course. (SAR HS369 is used in both the undergraduate overall GPA and the professional GPA)