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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wellness and Health Promotion, B.S.

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Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Wellness and Health Promotion

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Wellness and Health Promotion must complete 128 credits, including the following requirements:

1. Meet the university general education requirements

(See Undergraduate degree requirements). Note that several courses under requirement number four satisfy both general education requirements, and wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention degree requirements. See courses marked with an “*”.

2. Complete the university U.S. diversity requirement.

For majors in Wellness and Health Promotion, this requirement is satisfied by completing the core curriculum course, HS 3000 .


(*Courses that also satisfy the university general education requirement)

The WHP program enforces both prerequisites and course sequencing. Students must follow the curriculum checklist available on the WHP website.

5. Complete the required credit hours of program elective work for one of the chosen focus specialization areas below

a. Additional major in psychology focus

Students intending to earn a psychology major must consult with a Department of Psychology faculty adviser and complete the required 44 credits for the psychology major as detailed below. Note that 4 credits of psychology can be satisfied with PSY 2250   as the general education knowledge applications course (see Pre-WHP above); and 12 additional credits of psychology courses are satisfied in the WHP core curriculum, (See requirement number four above). Therefore, in this focus students must complete a minimum of an additional 28 credit hours of psychology. Students must declare the additional major in psychology by completing an additional major form, and must attain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all psychology courses.

Required courses

Plus one course from each of four of the following five groups (16 credits)

Plus one capstone course at 4000 level (4 credits)

Note: May not count as 4000 level elective or as part of one of the groups above.

Plus 8 elective credit hours in psychology at 3000 level or 4000 level

Note: Electives must be in addition to courses used to satisfy four of the five groups above.

b. General health promotion focus

Plus 4 hours from one of the following groups

Plus an additional 16 credit hours with the prior permission of the WHP Program Director from any course offered in the School of Health Sciences

Or any health-related or social science course offered within the College of Arts and Sciences, or from other schools in the university, preferably leading to the attainment of a complementary minor.

Students may choose a course not on the elective lists if preapproved by the program director as pertinent to the field of complementary medicine and wellness.

Plus a minimum of 4 elective hours from

Plus a minimum of 4 elective hours of WHP or EXS coursework.

g. Pre-health professional study

Students must complete a further 24 credit hours of pre-approved coursework in preparation for entry to a recognized health profession program. Refer to the general elective list found at the end of this section.


Before designing this focus course of study, pre-health profession students should contact the professional school that they are interested in attending to obtain program admission information and must consult with a SHS adviser or the WHP Program Director for pre-approval of coursework in this focus. This focus is particularly useful for students with transfer courses that are not credited in the WHP curriculum.

Plus, a minimum of an additional 2 elective credit hours

with the prior permission of the WHP Program Director from any health-related course offered in the School of Health Sciences; or any other course pre-approved by the program director.

6. All students declaring Wellness and Health Promotion as their major must undertake a Health Risk Appraisal (satisfied in WHP 4030).

Other Electives

Other elective options in biology, business, anthropology, health sciences, environmental health and safety, psychology, sociology, human resource development, or from the College of Arts and Sciences may be taken with the prior written approval of the program director.  Note that courses cannot be used to satisfy both a focus requirement and a focus elective i.e. double credit.

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