The Castleton University Natural Sciences Department offers a bachelor's degree in Health Science that prepares you for admission to graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and professional work in health care fields.
Health Science majors take a core of essential courses, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Physics. A solid foundation in these disciplines is important to anyone with an interest in human health.
Castleton’s Health Science major also includes a great deal of flexibility, allowing students to choose courses that will prepare them for the specific graduate program or career they seek.
Highlights of the Health Science Program
- Castleton has strong undergraduate programs in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, and many classes in these areas may be used to satisfy Health Science requirements. This allows you to take some specialized courses that can set you apart from other applicants for graduate school.
- All Health Science majors complete an internship. For most students, this will be a job shadowing experience with one of our local healthcare professionals during the academic year or, if more convenient, with a healthcare provider near your home over the summer.
- Castleton has an articulation agreement with Sage Graduate School in the Albany, New York, area that offers preferred admission of our graduates to Sage’s Occupational and Physical Therapy programs, as long as our students meet certain criteria. After graduation from Castleton, students can go on to earn a Master’s in Occupational Therapy (MS-OT) or a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Sage.
Career Opportunities in Health Science
Our Health Science graduates are broadly trained and have excellent lab skills that employers are looking for.
Many are now working in hospitals, in medical equipment sales, and other health-related careers. Additionally, Health Science students may complete the School Health Education minor on the way to becoming a Certified Health Education Specialists.