Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Admission inquiries
Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. David McShaffrey

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Health Science

The mission of the Marietta College’s Health Science program is to prepare students for careers as health care providers in the allied health sciences. It is dedicated to improve health care by educating excellent, ethical health care professionals. The Health Science major prepares students for an advanced degree in such health-related fields as physician assistant, physical therapist, nursing, and occupational therapy.

The curriculum stresses a solid background in fundamental knowledge areas, including biology, chemistry, and physics, with the opportunities to explore subject areas of particular interest to individual students, such as in Psychology and Sports medicine. The major is highly interdisciplinary, and helps students build connections between the liberal arts and health-related fields.

You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for microbiology, cadaver anatomy, cell biology, molecular biology and other fields. The program is housed in the Rickey Science Center, which also provides student-faculty research areas, several computer labs, animal quarters, and student lounges. Seniors in Health Science work closely with faculty in either biology or sports medicine on an independent research project.


click to expandRequired Courses

All health science majors take the following courses:

  • Modern Biology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • General Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Chemistry I and II
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Physics I and II
  • Senior Capstone Project

Elective Courses

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Cadaver Anatomy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology


click to expandPlaces a Degree Can Take You

To further enrich your education, you’ll have the chance to work in research facilities, participate in the "rounds" program at Marietta Memorial Hospital, and perform hands-on research with faculty. You will have the opportunities to use the techniques and technologies that will enrich your education and prepare you for your future career.
Students can also receive credit for internships near their home during the summer.

Clubs & Organizations
Health Professionals Club, assists students in the decision to choose an occupation in the field of healthcare. The club also provides healthcare support to students and employees of Marietta College and the people in the surrounding community.

Beta Beta Beta, national biological society, was founded in 1922. The Iota chapter, the sixth oldest of more than 250 active chapters, was installed at Marietta in 1926. Students selected for membership must have Junior status and meet the certain scholastic standards. The organization promotes sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific truth, and research.


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Jeffrey Wojton '08

click to expandScholarship Opportunities

Eggleston-Ruby Prize is given at Commencement annually to the member of the graduating class who field of interest is biology, and who in the judgment of the faculty of the department, has done the most meritorious work in biology.

Eggleston-Ekas Scholarship assists worthy and needy students at Marietta College, with a first preference given to students interested in the study of biology, chemistry, or petroleum engineering.

The Alan C. Hall Memorial Fund provides scholarship help to upperclass students, preferably seniors, intending to study medicine.

The J. Robert McConnell and Abigail Welch McConnell Scholarship provides aid to qualified students, with a preference given to pre-medical students.

The Hal H. Lloyd Science Scholarship is awarded to science majors in the sophomore through senior classes who need financial assistance.

The Edward B. Ruby Scholarship is awarded to deserving students in biology. Recipients shall have completed a full year at the College.

The David F. Young-Alumni Scholarship is given to students who have completed their junior year and have demonstrated outstanding devotion and enthusiasm for the study of biology.