Health Sciences B.S.

Program Overview  

Rider’s Health Sciences major educates the next generation of health professions by providing students with a foundation in the life sciences and other coursework that prepares them to join the workforce or attend professional or graduate schools in health-related fields.  Rider achieves this through small class sizes, inquiry-based laboratory experiences, and faculty dedicated to the teacher-scholar model of science education.  The major is designed to allow flexibility in its curriculum while providing a strong foundation for studies in allied health programs such as physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, nursing, radiological science, optometry, podiatry, epidemiology and public health;  graduate programs leading to advanced degrees in the life sciences; and for entry-level positions in hospitals, health insurance, pharmaceutical sales, community health agencies and other related areas.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for Health Sciences majors is structured to prepare students for a life of learning in the sciences. Students are expected to master content, develop technical skills, analytical skills and competency in oral and written communication. Foundational courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and psychology prepare students for the rigor of upper-level science and math courses, complemented by a broad base of health-related coursework in other disciplines.  Capstone experiences allow students to explore one area of the life sciences in depth through exploration of internships and seminars, in addition to opportunities to engage in independent research with Rider’s science faculty.

Honors Programs

Honors in Biology

The objective of the honors program in biology is to introduce talented undergraduate majors to the methods of basic research in the biological sciences. For consideration a student must have a 3.25 average at the end of their junior year.  In the senior year, participating students must complete an independent research project and present a written honors thesis.  At graduation a student who has a 3.25 cumulative average, a 3.5 average in biology courses, and who has completed an acceptable honors thesis will be awarded Honors in Biology. 

Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society

"Tri-Beta" is a national honor society affiliated with the American Association for Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Invitations for membership are extended to majors in the life sciences who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. Students are usually invited to join in their sophomore year when they have accumulated 12 credits in the sciences. Active membership is available to those with an overall grade point average of at least 2.8, and at least 3.0 in their science courses. The benefits of membership include academic recognition; a subscription to the journal Bios, to which members may submit research articles; opportunities to present papers at conventions; and research awards. Biology and behavioral neuroscience majors should make membership in Tri-Beta one of their goals. 

Degree Offered

  • B.S. in Health Science
 

Contact

E. Todd Weber, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson
Science Hall 339C
609-896-5028

tweber@rider.edu

Program Website: Health Science
Associated Department:  Department of Biology

Related Programs

Requirements for the Major

(64-68 credits)

Core Requirements
See LAS Core Page
Biology
BIO 115
115L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
4
BIO 116
116L
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
4
BIO 221
221L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
BIO 222
222L
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
and Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab
4
Chemistry
CHE 120
CHE 121
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
4
CHE 122
CHE 123
Intro to Chemical Systems
and Quantitative Methods Lab
4
Mathematics
MTH 105Algebra and Trigonometry4
BNS 250
250L
Biostatistics
and Biostatistics Lab
4-6
or PSY 105
PSY 201
Introduction to Research in Psychology
and Statistics and Research Design
Psychology
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 345Health Psychology3
Category 1 Electives (Select at least two)6-8
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Intro to Organic & Biochm Lab
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
The Pharmaceutical Industry
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chem I Lab
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
Abnormal Psychology
Child Development
Youth and Adolescent Development
Category 2 Electives (Select at least two)8
Principles of Biology: Evolution, Diversity, and Biology of Cells
and Principle of Biology: Cells Lab
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
Vertebrate Physiology
and Vertebrate Physiology Lab
Medical Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
Neurobiology
and Neurobiology Lab
Neurochemistry
and Neurochemistry Lab
Category 3 Electives (Select at least three)9
Intro to Human Nutrition
Enviromental Health&Human Heal
Sociological Imagination (also satisfies LAS core)
Introduction to Health Care
Population Healthcare Management
Health Care and Society
Global Persptvs Hlth & Illness
Cultural Diversity in a Global Society
Medical Ethics (also satisfies LAS core)
Honors Seminar: Genetic Engineering and the Philosophy of Science
Life Science and Society
Senior Capstone
HSC 490 Seminar Capstone in Health Sciences OR HSC 491 Internship3
Total Credits64-68

Department of Biology Course Repeat Policy

The following guidelines apply to courses offered by the Department of Biology. Students may repeat any biology (BIO), behavioral neuroscience (BNS) or health science (HSC) course once without special permission. A course will be considered repeated if the student has previously earned a letter grade in the course, or if the student has previously withdrawn from the course during Withdrawal II or Withdrawal III. If a student wishes to retake a biology or behavioral neuroscience course a third time, written permission must be obtained from the departmental chair before the registrar will allow the student to enroll in that course.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 4
BIO 115
115L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
4
CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHE 121 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
BIO 116
116L
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
4
CHE 122 Intro to Chemical Systems 3
CHE 123 Quantitative Methods Lab 1
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Year 2
Fall Semester
HSC Category 2 elective with lab, #1 of 2 4
BNS 250
250L
Biostatistics
and Biostatistics Lab
4
SOC 101 Sociological Imagination (HSC Category 1) 3
Foreign Language Level 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
HSC Category 2 elective with lab, #2 of 2 4
PHL 304 Medical Ethics 3
HSC Category 1 Elective #1 of 2 3-4
Foreign Language Level 2 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall Semester
BIO 221
221L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
HSC Category 1 Elective #2 of 2 3
HSC Category 3 Elective #3 of 3 3
Social Science Core (2 of 2) 3
HIS 150 World History to 1500 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
BIO 222
222L
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
and Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab
4
PSY 345 Health Psychology 3
HIS 151 World History Since 1500 3
Literature Core Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall Semester
HSC 490 Seminar Capstone in Health Sciences 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Fine Arts Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation121-122

Notes:

  1. For course placement information see http://www.rider.edu/offices-services/orientation/course-placement
  2. Please note that elective credits may be used to complete requirements in a second major or minor.
  3. Natural and Physical Science Core requirements included in major.

HSC 100 Intro to Human Nutrition 3 Credits

This course is designed to offer the student understanding of fundamental human nutrition concepts including, but not limited to, digestion, absorption, metabolism, functions and sources of macronutrients and micronutrients. The theme of the course will align with human health and disease states and the important conceptions about the food industry and its relation to healthy dietetic choices.

HSC 200 Enviromental Health&Human Heal 3 Credits

The health of any individual is a function of both our genetics and environmental factors. Environmental factors most broadly defined include the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. This course will focus on numerous examples of how bacteria, viruses, and exposure to environmental chemicals result in human diseases. Examples range from failures in public health infrastructure (cholera, diphtheria, river blindness, etc), failures to vaccinate (polio, measles, hepatitis, etc) and chemical exposures (birth defects, cancer, etc). There is also much known about how diet and nutrition can prevent diseases.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 10X Life Science course or any biology laboratory course (BIO 115, 116 or 117).

HSC 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Immerses the student in health science-related research. The student learns to organize material, use relevant medical/scientific literature, make precise measurements, and obtain reproducible data. If possible, the student will publish the results or present them at a scientific meeting.

HSC 491 Internship in Health Sciences 1-4 Credits

A supervised work experience in an approved organization where qualified students gain real-world knowledge and utilize their academic training in a professional environment. Placement may be in private, public, non-profit, or governmental organizations. These can include educational or research institutions. The method of evaluation will be formalized prior to the approval of the internship by the sponsoring faculty member and should include keeping a journal of activities, a term paper or project report and an oral or poster presentation.

Prerequisite(s): 2.5 GPA required.