The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Health, Bachelor of Science

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001. This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure.

The Department of Health and Human Performance has a focus on preparing Health majors to function professionally in a changing and diverse society, and to improve the quality of life through the understanding, delivering and promotion of health, physical activity, and wellness.

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

Choose one:
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 1343Introduction to Biostatistics

3

030 Life and Physical Science – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 are given three hour credits for the lecture component.

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning - 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 are given one hour credit each for the lab component

Major Requirements - 51 hours

Required Courses - 36 hours

Health Core
NUTR 2351Introduction to Clinical Nutrition

3

HLTH 2301Introduction to Health Education

3

HLTH 2352Personal Health

3

HLTH 3325Latino Health

3

HLTH 3355Health Behavior Theory

3

HLTH 3360Environmental Health

3

HLTH 3365Health Communication

3

HLTH 3374Human Disease

3

HLTH 4305Community Health Methods

3

HLTH 4315Health Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HLTH 4350Organization of the Health Program

3

HLTH 4380Health Education Internship

3

Prescribed Electives - 15 hours

Health Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 advanced health electives

Choose from:

HLTH 3305Selected Topics in Health Education

3

HLTH 3371Health Problems in Alcohol, Tobacco, and Narcotics

3

HLTH 3373Human Sexuality

3

HLTH 3375Consumer Health

3

HLTH 3385Technology Applications in Health

3

KINE 4370Management in Exercise and Health Promotion

3

MARK 3300Principles of Marketing

3

SOCI 3324Sociology of Health

3

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC 3324Social Psychology

3

PSYC 3337Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

PSYC 4313Abnormal Psychology

3

Minor - hours will vary

Minors vary in credit hours required. If applicable, the credit hours in the minor selected may impact the number of free electives required to reach the 120 credit hours needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Free Electives - hours will vary

Free elective credit hours at the advanced level may be needed to achieve the institutional minimum of 42 advanced hours. 

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program 

 A grade of C or better in HLTH 2301 and HLTH 2352 and all advanced coursework in major.