2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Science (HSC) Minor

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Janet Lord, Head
Department of Undergraduate Nursing
SNF 327
605-688-6153 or 1-888-216-9806 ext. 2
e-mail: janet.lord@sdstate.edu

A Health Science minor is an interdisciplinary concentration offered to any undergraduate student at South Dakota State University by completing a minimum of 24 semester hours across disciplines with a required core of course offerings across several disciplines. The purpose of the Health Science minor is to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about health and health care while pursuing other majors in the University, and to provide a Health Science minor for those individuals who wish to obtain competence in health knowledge, public health and healthful environments. The outcomes for graduates of the Health Science minor are:

  1. Apply public health principles, including administration and organizations, to selected disciplines.
  2. Implement public health methods and strategies in working with individuals and groups, incorporating principles from the fields of sociology, psychology, and human growth and development.
  3. Apply basic human health concepts gained from selected disciplines, biology, physiology, and behavioral, mental health.
  4. Advocate for needs of people served by public health systems that demonstrate an understanding of how environment and ecology affect aggregates and communities.

The required core courses are:

  1. Biological Science courses (6 credits). These courses do not need to be sequence courses but must include science courses with the following prefixes: BIOL, MICR, ZOOL.
  2. Required Health Science Core courses (12 credits).
  3. Electives from set of selected courses (6 credits).


Requirements for Health Science Minor: 24 cr

Biological Science courses (6 credits):
These courses do not need to be sequence courses, but must include science courses with the following prefixes: BIOL, MICR, ZOOL.

All of the following courses (12 credits):


Any changes/additions to elective credits must receive prior approval from the Department Head of Undergraduate Nursing.

Curriculum Notes:

* The 30 credit Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGRs) must be completed as part of a student’s first 64 credits.

** South Dakota State University has an 8-9 credit Institutional Graduation Requirement (IGRs).

(G) Globalization Requirement.

(AW) Advanced Writing Requirement.

Students must take the proficiency examination after completing 48 credits. English 101, and a course in each of the General Education areas of social science, mathematics, natural science, and humanities and arts must be taken prior to taking this exam.

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