Academics

Health Sciences

Are you considering becoming a health care specialist: doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, occupational therapist, physical therapist or veterinarian?

Program Overview

This program of study is a “package” of courses for the student whose academic or professional plans require a broader base of science courses. If you’re interested in pre-professional studies, particularly in the health sciences, you may decide to choose this undergraduate major, as most medical, dental and veterinary schools do not require specific majors in biology and chemistry; the same is true for graduate study in nursing (generalist), occupational therapy and physical therapy.

A degree in natural science provides a foundation to pursue veterinary, dental, medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing or pharmacy school paths, in addition to positions in research and development, laboratory testing, instruction, production and quality control.

Other careers include, but are not limited to:

  • biology laboratory technician
  • dental assistant
  • pharmacy technician
  • public information officer
  • research technician

General Course Information

Students interested is preparing for medical or dental schools are encouraged to consider majoring in natural science, biology or chemistry. Also recommended are selected courses in physics, English, psychology, sociology, the humanities and mathematics. Prospective professional schools should be consulted for their specific requirements.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Our close proximity to Chicago gives students nearly limitless opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Science students can participate in consortium-type seminars and special topics courses offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA)—a partnership of 15 liberal arts schools and government laboratories.

Field trips may include visits to the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanical Garden, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Brookfield Zoo, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. For some programs, you will learn in state-of-the-art facilities at the Hooke College of Applied Sciences, Loyola University Medical Center, and Rush University Medical Center.

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Career Possibilities

Veterinarian

Dentist

Doctor

Dental Assistant

Nurse

Physical Therapist

Occupational Therapist

Pharmacist / Pharmacy Technician

Research & Development

Laboratory Testing

Instruction

Production

Quality Control

Laboratory Technician

Environmental Educator

Public Information Officer

Ranger/Naturalist

Research Technician