Why Study Health Sciences?
The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences: Health Science Concentration degree is intended for students who are interested in applying to a health science related professional program. Students can choose the Health Science Concentration and the Pre-Professional program of their choice
The Purdue Northwest Advantage
Students pursuing a Health Science Concentration can follow tracks (suggested course work) that will give them an advantage when applying to pre-professional programs such as Pre-dentistry, Pre-occupational Therapy, Pre-medicine, Pre-physician’s Assistant, Pre-optometry, and Pre-chiropractic. We also offer a non- degree Pre-pharmacy track to prepare students to apply to College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) programs. Course listings for these tracks can be found on the Biology webpage. Students interested in Health studies can also pursue the B. S. in Health Studies degree in the department which offers tracks for administrative and support careers in the health care industry. Some pre-professional programs such as pre-occupational therapy, and pre-physical therapy can be pursued through either the Health Science concentration or through the B. S. in Health Studies.
Health Science Careers
Careers in the health sciences are in demand and frequently rated high in terms of salary and job satisfaction. Health science careers figure strongly among the US News Top 100 jobs for 2015 report. Four out of the top ten jobs are in the health sciences, including Dentistry at number one, Physician at number four, Physical Therapist at number six, and Physician Assistant at number 10. Other health science related jobs that made it on the list were Occupational Therapist (#13) and Pharmacist (#27).
- Physician Assistant
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
Rebecca Tiemens accepted to M.D. Programs at Indiana University, Rosalind Franklin University, and Creighton University
“I chose to enroll in the Biological Sciences Department at Purdue University Calumet because of the excellent pre-medical program, the knowledgeable faculty, and the diverse array of research opportunities available to me. My introductory course work prepared me not only for upper level courses but also for the MCAT. I gained valuable foundational knowledge and lab skills that allowed me to succeed in difficult courses. I feel that the small class sizes in upper level biology courses allowed me to develop strong relationships with my professors. I found them to be very approachable, friendly, and eager to help me. The small class sizes also allowed me to develop close friendships with several of my classmates. I enjoyed taking many medically-oriented classes, such as Medical Microbiology, Medical Genetics, and Anatomy & Physiology. The knowledge I gained in these courses stimulated my interest in the medical field and provided many avenues to research exciting new medical advances.”