The health care sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, with skilled professionals in high demand at the bench and at the bedside.

At Emmanuel, your neighbors are the world-renowned surgeons, researchers and experts of the famed Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Studying biology with a concentration in health science just steps from these world-class hospitals and research institutions gives you immediate access and opportunity to intern and research with experts in every field of interest. This program is structured for students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, physician's assistant, research, nursing or public health. 

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

B.S. Biology with Concentration in Health Sciences

Requirements for Concentration:

  • BIOL2135 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
  • BIOL2137 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
  • BIOL3127 Microbiology with lab
  • PHIL1205 Health Care Ethics (M)(ER)
  • BIOL4194/95 Research Internships in the Natural Sciences I & II OR INT3211 Experiential Internships in the Natural Sciences 
  • Two upper-level biology electives, one of which must be at the 3000-level

Students who declare the Health Science concentration will work with their advisor to ensure that other non-major requirements are met for post-undergraduate careers. Examples include:

  • Pre-Med/Dental: Calculus I and II; Physics I and II
  • Physician Assistant: Introduction to Psychology; Statistics

Students are also encouraged to consider the following electives to further enhance their studies in Health Sciences:

  • BIOL2113 Human Nutrition
  • ECON3113 Economics of Health Care
  • PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
  • SOC2123 Health Care: Systems, Structures and Cultures

At the completion of a degree from the Biology Department, the student will have:

  • Master and apply fundamental concepts in biology.
  • Source, critically evaluate and communicate scientific knowledge.
  • Collaborate effectively with others to find insightful solutions to scientific questions.
  • Apply ethical and moral reasoning to important biological issues that impact society.
  • Acquire expertise in laboratory techniques, laboratory safety, experimental design, and data analyses.
  • Explore career goals and experiential opportunities to excel in future professions.