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B.S. Health Sciences

» Ranked in the Top 10 “Best Health Sciences” degree programs by CollegeChoice.net

The B.S. in Health Sciences offers a combination of basic science, behavioral science, and health science courses that provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of health and healthcare in today's society. The elective choices are “areas of study” that fulfill the requirements for various healthcare professions.

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+ - Faculty and Student Publications


Barrett, N.D., C.W. James, J.P. Tam, E.S. Levesque, A.S. Ketterer, W.R. Memon, C.S. Rakovski, and F. Frisch. Evaluating the predictive quality of the Chapman Bone Algorithm using aggregated data sets. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health 6(1): 38-43, 2019.

Dror, A.D., K. Virk, K. Lee, A. Gerston, A. Prakash, M.J. Abbott, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Resistance training threshold for elevating bone mineral density in growing female rats. International Journal of Sports Medicine 39(5): 382-389, 2018.

Joo, W., H. Singh, C.P. Ahles, Y. Lee, W. Colazas, L.C. Lee, R.A. Pierce, A. Prakash, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Training-induced increase in bone mineral density between growing male and female rats. International Journal of Sports Medicine 36: 992-998, 2015.

Ahles, C.P., H. Singh, W. Joo, Y. Lee, L.C. Lee, W. Colazas, R.A. Pierce, A. Prakash, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. High volumes of resistance exercise are not required for greater bone mineral density during growth. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 45(1): 36-42, 2013.

Horani, M., A. Dror, D. Holland, F. Caporaso, K.D. Sumida, and F. Frisch. Prevalence of vitamin D3 deficiency in Orange County residents. Journal of Community Health 36(5): 760-764, 2011.

Pierce, R.A., L.C. Lee, C.P. Ahles, S.M. Shdo, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Different training volumes yield equivalent increases in BMD.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 31: 803-809, 2010.

Kayser, B.D., J.K. Godfrey, R.M. Cunningham, R.A. Pierce, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Equal BMD after daily or triweekly exercise in growing rats. International Journal of Sports Medicine 31: 44-50, 2010.

Godfrey, J.K., B.D. Kayser, G.V. Gomez, J. Bennett, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Interrupted resistance training & BMD in growing rats.  International Journal of Sports Medicine 30: 579-584, 2009.

Goettsch, B.M., M.Z. Smith, J.A. O’Brien, G.V. Gomez, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Interrupted vs. uninterrupted training on BMD during growth. International Journal of Sports Medicine 29: 980-986, 2008.

Smith, M.Z., B.M. Goettsch, R.D. Van Ramshorst, J.A. O’Brien, S.V. Jaque, and K.D. Sumida. Resistance training & bone mineral density during growth. International Journal of Sports Medicine 29: 316-321, 2008.

Krolopp JE, Thornton SM, Abbott MJ. IL-15 Activates the Jak3/STAT3 Signaling Pathway to Mediate Glucose Uptake in Skeletal Muscle Cells. Frontiers in Physiology. 2016; 7:626.

Thornton SM, Krolopp JE, Abbott MJ. IL-15 Mediates Mitochondrial Activity through a PPARδ-Dependent-PPARα-Independent Mechanism in Skeletal Muscle Cells. PPAR Research, 2016; 2016:5465804.

For the above manuscript listings, the names of student authors are underlined.

Student Research Awards:

Woojin Joo (2012), Suzie Shdo (2010), James Godfrey (2008), and Brady Slater (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Sumida, were either awarded or among the finalist for the David Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract sponsored by the American Physiological Society.

Lucy Lee (2010) and Brittany Goettsch (2007), under the supervision of Dr. Sumida, were awarded second place for their presentation of data at the Graduate Women in Science annual meeting.

Shantae Thornton (2016), under the supervision of Dr. Abbott won the John C. Johnson award for excellence in undergraduate research poster presentation at the Tri Beta Pacific District Conference at Cal Poly Pomona, 2016.

+ - Alumni Spotlight

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PT (Chapman University)
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Justin LaLonde Justin LaLonde
PT (Samuel Merritt University)
Emily McCoy Emily McCoy
PA (Marshall B. Ketchum University)
Quinton Wong Quinton Wong
Podiatry (Western University College of Podiatric Medicine)
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Dentistry (University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry)
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PT (University of Southern California)
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MPH (University of Washington)
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Lauren Deats
Nursing (Vanderbilt University)

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Emily Schlaefer
DPT (Columbia University)

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Boston University)
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DPT (University of California, San Francisco)
Vivian Acecdo Vivian Acevedo
Chapman University MMS Physician Assistant Studies
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DJ Smithers
MD (Boston University School of Medicine)

Elaine Oldford Elaine Oldford '18
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Thimanthi Withana

Thimanthi Withana '18
School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

+ - 4- Year Plan







BIO 204/204 L

CHEM 140/140L

MATH 110

HSK 101

BIO 205/205L or BIO 208/208L

CHEM 150/150L

MATH 111







PHYSICS 107/107L

PSY 101

MATH 203 or PSY 203


PHYSICS 108/108L

HSK/ BIO 210/210L

SOC 101








SOC 385

HSK Elective


HSK/BIO 366/366L

PSY 436

HSK Elective







*HSK Required Elective

HSK Elective


HSK 492

HSK Elective

The Health Sciences (HSK) electives are dependent upon the “Area of Study” for a given Health Care Profession (e.g. Physician’s Assistant) and are listed in the catalog.
*HSK Required Elective

Take one of the following courses listed below:
HSK 310 (International Approaches to Health) – offered every semester
HSK 320 (Health & Spirituality) – offered in the Interterm
HSK 370 (Health Planning) – offered every Fall semester
HSK 385 (Health & Aging) – offered every Spring semester

+ - Program Advising

For questions about general education requirements and registration, contact Nicole Nangaray nungaray@chapman.edu in the Office of Academica Advising.

For questions about program requirements, please contact your faculty advisor.  If you don’t know who your faculty advisor is, please check my.chapman.edu. If you don’t see a faculty advisor listed, please contact administrative assistant, Mallorie Munoz. 

Students interested in medical school can contact their science faculty advisor or any of the faculty listed below. Students interested in health care professions other than an allopathic medical school can contact the following individuals listed below who have knowledge for each specialty indicated:

+ - Internship Opportunities

Every Spring semester (during a Major’s Meeting), recruiters for the Clinical Care Extender Program from local hospitals and owners from rehabilitation clinics are invited to introduce their program to our majors. Interested students can sign up to gain clinical experience at these hospitals or clinics. Clinical experience hours are required for admission into any health care profession.

+ - Clubs & Honor's Societies

Tri-Beta (National Science Student Honor Society)
Tri-Beta is a national honors biological society, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research, particularly for undergraduate students. The Chapman University Chapter of Beta Beta Beta holds bi-weekly meetings that are a time to connect with fellow students following the same pursuits and consist of graduate school preparation, guest speakers, and preparation for our service events. There are no GPA requirement for becoming an associate member. In order to become a full member of Tri-Beta, a B grade average must be obtained in 3 separate biology courses.

Club President: Josh Goldfaden - goldf106@mail.chapman.edu

Pre-PT/OT Club
The Pre-PT/Pre-OT Club is committed to the advancement of education and research opportunities to students passionate about the fields of physical therapy and/or occupational therapy. We provide opportunities to meet with admission officers from graduate programs and help students secure internships and prepare for interviews. Our goal is to provide students with the resources and educational tools that will lead them toward a successful future.


Natasha Hikita (Occupational Therapy) - hikit101@mail.chapman.edu
Mikaela Woodhead (Physical Therapy) – woodhead@mail.chapman.edu
Club Email: chapmanpreptclub@gmail.com

Pre-Dental Society
Chapman's Pre-Dental Society aims to provide students with resources to help them pursue a career in dentistry. By providing information via guest speakers and current students, we aim to give insight into the field of dentistry and share valuable knowledge so that students will be intelligent, informed, and prepared for dental school.


Niko Scordakis - scord100@mail.chapman.edu

Ria Thakurani - thaku101@mail.chapman.edu

Pre-PA Club

The Pre-Physician Assistant Club aims to provide students with opportunities and resources to enhance their medical experience and enthusiasm for the physician assistant profession. The club provides educational tools, clinical experience, and guidance for pre-physician assistant students towards a successful medical education. The club brings admission officers from nearby PA schools and physician assistants to campus, as well as provide opportunities for clinical experience in the surrounding community. Through our meetings we foster a community of dedicated Chapman students and future physician assistants.

President: Perry Barringer - barri121@mail.chapman.edu

Club Email: chapmanprepa@gmail.com 

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association Pre-Medical Chapter of Chapman University (AMSA) is committed to providing the educational tools and resources needed for pre-medical and pre-health students to successfully navigate the path towards the next phase of their medical education. Through research, health seminars, community service, clinical experience, and physician interaction we aim to nurture a community of students dedicated to a life-long interest and career in the field of medicine.

President:  Lindsay Zumwalt - zumwa102@mail.chapman.edu
Club Email: chapmanu.amsa@gmail.com

Global Medical Brigades

Global Medical Brigades spends the school year fundraising and collecting medical supplies to prepare to brigade in a foreign country. This year the brigade will be traveling to Nicaragua. The brigade allows students to set up a clinic in an impoverished area of the country and provide much needed medical care to those who wouldn't normally get that care.

President: Emma Hughes - hughe201@mail.chapman.edu
Club Email: chapmanmedical@globalbrigades.com

Emergency Medical Education Club
The Emergency Medical Education Club is a group intended to introduce students to the field of emergency medicine both as providers and bystanders. During the semester we will have guest speakers come in to discuss different topics such as jobs in the field, medical emergencies and emergency preparedness. We will also offer resources for those interested to further their education. We will bring some resources to campus and we will also bring students to different training events off campus. For example, the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Foundation Conference is an event in which we will meet and discuss topics specifically relating to college students/EMTs across the country.

President: Thalie Schweiger – schwe126@mail.chapman.edu


Chapman MEDLIFE is a student organization dedicated to helping communities in countries with little access to health care. Members of the chapter have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in mobile clinics around the world. These mobile clinics allow members to gain real-world experience of medical insecurity in developing nations. Participants are asked to help general physicians, dentists, and obstetricians of the country to treat native patient for a duration of one week, with additional time to absorb the country’s culture. Further, participants get to work alongside community member on MEDLIFE projects such as building staircases and homes for communities in need. In addition to fundraising, members will be educated on the difficulties faced by third-world countries and participate in local community service events.

President: Georgia Stultz - stultz@chapman.edu

+ - Saddleback Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

The Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is made between Chapman University and Saddleback College to set forth the admission requirements for transfer from Saddleback to Chapman for the Health Sciences major.

Saddleback students wishing to transfer to Chapman University must take the following steps:

  • apply for admission through the Chapman University application process and meet all other admission requirements and deadlines as outlined by Chapman University
  • complete the preadmission course work for the intended major as specified in Section 7 below

Required Courses for Year 1 and 2 by major

BS Health Sciences

Year 1*



General   Chemistry I

CHEM   140


General   Chemistry II

CHEM   150


Calculus   I

MATH   110


Calculus   II

MATH   111


General   Biology I

BIO   204

BIO   3A

**Biochem+Mol.   Biol.

OR   Gen Biology II

BIO   208 and 209

OR   BIO 205

BIO   3C



Year 2



Human   Anatomy

BIO   210

BIO   11

Intro   to Statistics

MATH   203

MATH   10

Intro   to Psychology

PSY   101

PSYC   1

General   Physics I

PHYS   107


General   Physics II

PHYS   108


*Students should take Intro to Health Care Professions HESC 101 (1 credit) at Chapman during Interterm
**depends on desired area of health science emphasis
Recommend taking Intro to Sociology (SOC 1 at Saddleback) as a GE course since it is a pre-requisite for required SOC 385 class at Chapman

Spring Application Deadline= Oct. 15

Classes through end of the previous fall would be considered

Fall Application Deadline= March 15

Classes through end of spring would be considered

*Students must apply for admission by the priority deadline to be considered for TAG