Allied Health Sciences Major Requirements

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Allied Health Sciences Major Requirements

The Allied Health Sciences major has a flexible plan of study designed to meet a wide range of academic interests and career goals. However, all students pursuing a degree in AHS are expected to develop proficiency in math and science disciplines.

Note: If you are enrolled or interested in enrolling in the Allied Health Sciences major in preparation for admission to one of the Department's professional programs (Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, or Medical Laboratory Sciences), your course planning will follow admissions requirements for your program of interest and will vary from the requirements for the Allied Health Sciences major. If you plan to apply to an AHS professional program (DGS, Dietetics, or MLS), please review the relevant requirements and consult with your academic advisor for assistance in planning your course schedules.

In general, students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits to graduate including University general education requirements, major requirements, and electives. Your academic advisor will assist you in the selection of courses, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all requirements for graduation consistent with your catalog year. Refer to our Guide to Completing the AHS Plan of Study for assistance. The coursework information below reflects the current catalog year. Please refer to the appropriate plan of study for your catalog year as requirements change. Our handy Guide to Completing the AHS Plan of Study will also help you in your course planning.

I. University General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)

Students must fulfill all University General Education Requirements prior to graduation. In some cases, general education courses may also meet general program and major requirements.

II. Major Requirements (minimum 36 credits)

As an Allied Health Sciences major, you must complete at least 36 credits of coursework in additional to general education (see above) and concentration requirements (see below). Note that the courses you take will vary based on your interests, your chosen concentration, and your career goals. Remember that some courses have prerequisites and that not all courses are offered every semester. If you are planning to apply to graduate programs, don't forget that some graduate programs will require specific coursework for admission. Please consult our Guide to Completing the AHS Plan of Study and with your advisor when planning courses to meet A-2, A-3, and B group requirements. Refer also to the appropriate plan of study for your major admission year as course requirements and options vary by concentration.

In general, courses taken to satisfy the 36-credit major requirement:
  • Must be approved by your advisor and the Department Head and listed on your final plan of study. Please plan to consult with your advisor in a timely mannor to identify approved courses prior to your final semester.
  • Must be at the 2000-level or above
  • Include at least 30 credits completed at UConn
  • Include courses from two or more departments
  • Include at least 18 credits from departments in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
  • Must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • Courses may be repeated once (total two attempts) and cannot be taken Pass/Fail
  • Can include up to (but no more than) 6 credits of S/U coursework
  • Can include up to (but no more than) 6 combined credits of internship, independent study, research, or international study taken at/through UConn (additional credits may be applied toward required elective credits)
  • Can include up to (but no more than) 8 credits from courses used to satisfy requirements for a minor
Group A: Allied Health Sciences Major Requirements

Note: The number of credits required for Group A will vary depending on your chosen concentration. Please consult with your advisor to be sure you are meeting the correct credit requirements.

A minimum of 18 or 21 credits (varies with concentration) of coursework within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources including:

  • Group A-1: Writing in the Major
  • Group A-2: Required Courses (varies by concentration)
  • Group A-3: Additional AHS/CAHNR coursework to meet the minimum credit requirement for your concentration

See the appropriate Suggested Sequence of Courses for your concentration for a list of courses that may be used to satisfy the Group A requirements.

Group B: Related Cognate Requirements

Note: The number of credits required for Group B will vary depending on your chosen concentration. Please consult with your advisor to be sure you are meeting the correct credit requirements.

A minimum of 15 or 18 credits (varies with concentration) of coursework that speaks to your interests and career goals. This coursework will typically include advanced courses required for graduate program admission (i.e. medical or dental school, physician assistant programs, physical therapy or occupational therapy programs, RN programs, etc.). You may also include Group A courses not used to meet Group A requirements. Courses used to satisfy science elective concentration requirements may not be used to meet Group B requirements.

III. Concentration Requirements (typically 38-42 credits)

The requirements listed below are general requirements for each optional concentration. You are required to complete these requirements in addition to the overall major requirements listed above.  This coursework is typically completed by the end of the sophomore year in preparation for junior/senior level major coursework in the sciences and health. A delay in completing 1000-level science courses may delay graduation due to course sequencing and the fact that some courses are prerequisites to higher-level science courses. In some cases, courses listed below may also meet general education and/or major requirements.

Note that, while the plan is flexible to allow for variability in course selection, some graduate programs will require specific coursework that may alter your selection options. Depending on your career goals, you may be restricted to specific courses. Please consult with your academic advisor when deciding on course options.

Important Note about Major Requirements & Concentrations: Course requirements vary by concentration. Adding, removing, or changing a concentration will impact meeting the major requirements. For example, not all AH-coded courses can be used to satisfy all plans. Students bear the responsibility to ensure courses taken to meet the major requirements are consistent with courses listed on the approved list for the declared plan. Students are advised to take this into consideration when considering a concentration change. Students are advised to meet with their academic advisor in a timely manner (i.e., by junior year) to determine appropriateness of making concentration changes and how doing so may impact major course completion and requirements for graduation. Do not assume substitutions can or will be made.

Standard Plan Requirements (no concentration)

Standard Plan Required Courses (2017-2018 Catalog Year)

Please refer to the UConn Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions, prerequisites, etc. Please also see our Sample Course Sequences page for additional information.

  • AH 1100 - Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 1122 - Chemical Principles and Applications, CHEM 1124Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry I, or CHEM 1127Q - General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1125Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry II, CHEM 1128Q - General Chemistry, or PHYS 1010Q - Elements of Physics
  • COMM 1000 - The Process of Communication or COMM 1100 - Principles of Public Speaking
  • MATH 1060Q - Precalculus (or higher)
  • NUSC 1165 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • PHIL 1000-level
  • PSYC 1100 - General Psychology I
  • PSYC 1101 - General Psychology II or PSYC 1103 - General Psychology II (Enhanced)
  • PSYC 2300 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 2400 - Developmental Psychology
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)** - CHEM 1126Q if taking 3-semester CHEM sequence
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)**
  • STAT 1000Q - Introduction to Statistics I or  STAT 1100Q - Elementary Concepts of Statistics

**Science Electives cannot be courses that are used for other general program requirements (e.g. biology) or used to satisfy the Related Cognate (Group B) major requirement group.

 

Health Sciences Concentration Requirements

Concentration in Health Sciences Required Courses (2017-2018 Catalog Year)

Please refer to the UConn Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions, prerequisites, etc. Please also see our Sample Course Sequences page for additional information.

  • AH 1100 - Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 1124Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry I or CHEM 1127Q - General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1125Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry II or CHEM 1128Q - General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Sequence: CHEM 2241/2242 or CHEM 2443/2444/2445
  • COMM 1000 - The Process of Communication or COMM 1100 - Principles of Public Speaking
  • MATH 1060Q - Precalculus or MATH 1131Q - Calculus I (or higher)
  • PHIL 1000-level
  • PHYS 1201Q - General Physics, PHYS 1401Q - General Physics with Calculus, or PHYS 1501Q - Physics for Engineers I
  • PHYS 1202Q - General Physics, PHYS 1402Q - General Physics with Calculus, or PHYS 1502Q - Physics for Engineers II
  • PSYC 1100 - General Psychology I
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)** - CHEM 1126Q if taking 3-semester CHEM sequence
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)**
  • STAT 1000Q - Introduction to Statistics I or  STAT 1100Q - Elementary Concepts of Statistics

**Science Electives cannot be courses that are used for other general program requirements (e.g. biology) or used to satisfy the Related Cognate (Group B) major requirement group.

 

Healthcare Administration Concentration Requirements

Concentration in Healthcare Administration Required Courses (2017-2018 Catalog Year)

Please refer to the UConn Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions, prerequisites, etc. Please also see our Sample Course Sequences page for additional information.

  • AH 1100 - Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 1122 - Chemical Principles and Applications, CHEM 1124Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry I, or CHEM 1127Q - General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1125Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry II, CHEM 1128Q - General Chemistry, or PHYS 1010Q - Elements of Physics
  • COMM 1000 - The Process of Communication or COMM 1100 - Principles of Public Speaking
  • ECON 1201 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 1202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 1070Q - Mathematics for Business and Economics (or higher)
  • PHIL 1000-level
  • PSYC 1100 - General Psychology I
  • PSYC 1101 - General Psychology II or PSYC 1103 General Psychology II (Enhanced)
  • PSYC 2400 - Developmental Psychology
  • PUBH 1001 - Introduction to Public Health
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)** - CHEM 1126Q if taking 3-semester CHEM sequence
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)**
  • STAT 1000Q - Introduction to Statistics I or  STAT 1100Q - Elementary Concepts of Statistics

**Science Electives cannot be courses that are used for other general program requirements (e.g. biology) or used to satisfy the Related Cognate (Group B) major requirement group.

 

Public Health & Health Promotion Concentration Requirements

Concentration in Public Health & Health Promotion Required Courses (2017-2018 Catalog Year)

Please refer to the UConn Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions, prerequisites, etc. Please also see our Sample Course Sequences page for additional information.

  • AH 1100 - Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 1122 - Chemical Principles and Applications, CHEM 1124Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry I, or CHEM 1127Q - General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1125Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry II, CHEM 1128Q - General Chemistry, or PHYS 1010Q - Elements of Physics
  • COMM 1000 - The Process of Communication or COMM 1100 - Principles of Public Speaking
  • MATH 1060Q - Precalculus (or higher)
  • NUSC 1165 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • PHIL 1000-level
  • PSYC 1100 - General Psychology I
  • PSYC 1101 - General Psychology II or PSYC 1103 General Psychology II (Enhanced)
  • PSYC 2300 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 2400 - Developmental Psychology
  • PUBH 1001 - Introduction to Public Health
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)** - CHEM 1126Q if taking 3-semester CHEM sequence
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)**
  • STAT 1000Q - Introduction to Statistics I or  STAT 1100Q - Elementary Concepts of Statistics

**Science Electives cannot be courses that are used for other general program requirements (e.g. biology) or used to satisfy the Related Cognate (Group B) major requirement group.

 

Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health Concentration Requirements

Concentration in Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety Required Courses (2017-2018 Catalog Year)

Please refer to the UConn Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions, prerequisites, etc. Please also see our Sample Course Sequences page for additional information.

  • AH 1100 - Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • ARE 1150 - Principles of Agriculture and Resource Economics or ECON 1000 - Essentials of Economics
  • BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 1124Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry I or CHEM 1127Q - General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1125Q - Fundamentals of General Chemistry II, CHEM 1128Q - General Chemistry
  • COMM 1000 - The Process of Communication or COMM 1100 - Principles of Public Speaking
  • MATH 1060Q - Precalculus or MATH 1131Q - Calculus I  (or higher)
  • NRE 1000 - Environmental Science
  • PHIL 1000-level
  • PHYS 1010Q - Elements of Physics or PHYS 1201Q - General Physics (or higher)
  • PUBH 1001 - Introduction to Public Health
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)** - CHEM 1126Q if taking 3-semester CHEM sequence
  • Science Elective (1000-level or higher)**
  • STAT 1000Q - Introduction to Statistics I or  STAT 1100Q - Elementary Concepts of Statistics

**Science Electives cannot be courses that are used for other general program requirements (e.g. biology) or used to satisfy the Related Cognate (Group B) major requirement group.

 

IV. Electives (typically 17-22 credits)

The required coursework for University general education and the Allied Health Sciences major does not meet UConn's minimum 120 credits for graduation. You will be required to select additional electives to meet graduation requirements. The number of elective credits you need will depend on your plan of study, the number of credits assigned to courses, and your career goals. In general, your electives can be at the 1000-level or above, and you may utilize them any way you choose. Some students choose to incorporate a minor into their plan of study while others use electives to satisfy University language course requirements or to take advantage of available curricular and extracurricular opportunities.