Health Science

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
health science student working in lab

About this program

Your path to a rewarding healthcare-related career begins at Penn College. This versatile major lays the foundation necessary for diverse non-direct patient care opportunities in the allied health industry or graduate studies in science and healthcare programs. Here, you’ll dive into a science-based major that provides hands-on learning in fully equipped science labs with expert faculty by your side. Discover the phenomena of physics. Explore anatomy and physiology. Examine microorganisms. Experiment with organic chemistry and biochemistry. Learn the fundamentals of genetics and infectious diseases, and build the foundation to thrive in one of the fastest growing career fields.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Science-Based Curriculum


Average Class Size

Diverse Career Paths


  • Healthcare administration
  • Laboratory science
  • Public health
  • Healthcare education
  • Medical research
  • Medical equipment sales
  • Pharmaceutical sales

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Basics of Medical Terminology (MTR104)
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems (HTH325)
  • Science of Substance Abuse and Addiction (DCP200)
  • Introduction to Global Health (HTH415)
  • Directed Health Science Elective (HSI)
  • Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers (HTH332)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Medicine (HTH382)
  • Comprehensive Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction (DCP202)
  • Senior Capstone (HTH497)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Principles of Biology I (BIO108)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Principles of Biology II (BIO109)
  • General Chemistry II (CHM121)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHM210)
  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM211)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • Biochemistry (CHM370)
  • Genetics (BIO310)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Infectious Disease (BIO250)
  • Exercise Prescription for the Health Care Professional (EXS300)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Math Elective (MTH180 or Higher) (MTD)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences (MTH159)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
Anatomy & Physiology Labs

Anatomy & Physiology Labs

Discover the wonders of the human body. Take a look at what’s under the skin in our anatomy and physiology labs. Learn beyond the textbook through hands-on activities using a collection of anatomical models. 

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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Student Government Association (SGA)

Student Government Association (SGA)

Let your voice be heard! Attend the next meeting to learn what’s new or consider running for a senate seat. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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More Information

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

International health credentials/licensure, science courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.