Many students pursuing an HDFS degree plan to apply to graduate or professional programs in a variety of health professions. The Pre-Health Professions Concentration prepares students for these careers and supports their goals of obtaining graduate training. Some of the careers students in this concentration pursue are: allied health practitioner, anesthesiologist assistant, child life specialist, chiropractor, dentist, medical doctor, music therapist, naturopathic or complementary medicine practitioner, nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician's assistant, podiatrist, speech and language pathologist, or veterinarian. The courses within this concentration include a focus on science and also help prepare students to work with individuals (and their families) with disabilities, mental and physical illness, or those experiencing death, dying, or grief. In addition, students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to consult with pre-professional advisors in the Center for Advising and Student Achievement for specific course (and corresponding course prerequisite) recommendations based on the credentials that they are pursuing, as the prerequisite requirements vary for graduate and professional programs. 

Effective Fall 2016

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses used to satisfy the requirements of the Major in Human Development and Family Studies, Pre-Health Professions Concentration. Courses used as substitutions also require a minimum grade of C.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 277Professional Skills Development I 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Mathematics1B3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31-32
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context 3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle 3
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See list below)1 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3-4
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30-31
Junior
 
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context 3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging 3
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science 3
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan4B3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Courses (See list below)1 6
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
HDFS 477Professional Skills Development II 1
HDFS 488C2Field Placement: Pre-Health 5-8
HDFS 492Seminar-Program Proposal Development4C3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Courses (See list below)1 6
Electives3 10-13
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Pre-Health Professions Concentration Courses1

Code Title AUCC Credits
BMS 300 Principles of Human Physiology 4
BMS 301 Human Gross Anatomy 5
BMS 302 Laboratory in Principles of Physiology 2
BMS 345 Functional Neuroanatomy 4
BZ 350 Molecular and General Genetics 4
CHEM 245 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 341 Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
FSHN 150 Survey of Human Nutrition 3
FSHN 444 Nutrition and Aging 1
FSHN 445/HDFS 445 Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
HDFS 201 Perspectives in Gerontology 3
HDFS 317 Special Needs in Early Childhood 3
HDFS 320 Cognitive and Language Development 3
HDFS 332 Death, Dying, and Grief 3
HDFS 404 Child Life Theory and Practice 2
One course from the following may count toward this concentration: 3
Socioemotional Development in Childhood
Developmental Transitions in Adolescence
Mental and Physical Health in Adulthood
HES 444 Successful Aging: Role of Physical Activity 2
LIFE 205 Microbial Biology 3
LIFE 206 Microbial Biology Laboratory 2
MIP 300 General Microbiology 3
MIP 302 General Microbiology Laboratory 2
OT 110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
OT 215 Medical Terminology 1
OT 355 The Disability Experience in Society 2
PH 121 General Physics I (GT-SC1) 4 3A 5
PH 122 General Physics II (GT-SC1) 4 3A 5
PSY 252 Mind, Brain, and Behavior 3
PSY 320 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 454 Biological Psychology 3
1

Of the required total of 15 credits, a minimum of 9 credits must be HDFS courses.  A minimum of 12 credits must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). Courses may not double-count for more than one HDFS concentration.

2

Students with substantial career-relevant experience may petition to replace HDFS 488C with a three-course upper-division (300- to 400-level) cognate defined with and approved by the advisor.  The additional 1-4 credits required for the cognate can be double-counted as electives but not as concentration courses.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

4

All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) courses may not be used to fulfill both AUCC requirements and Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course requirements.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program
Human Development and Family Studies is an open-entry major for freshmen. For sophomores and above, students must complete and/or be enrolled in HDFS 101, PSY 100 or SOC 100 in order to declare HDFS.  HDFS subject code courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Students will be required to pass a criminal arrest record background check prior to participating in the internship course their senior year. The internship comprises the HDFS 477 and HDFS 488C  courses which must be taken concurrently. Students will complete a graduation contract with an HDFS Academic Advisor during the first two weeks of the semester in which they are graduating.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)X 3C3
HDFS 277Professional Skills Development I X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Mathematics  1B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2) X3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A 
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Elective   3
CO 150, HDFS 277 and the AUCC 1B (MATH) requirement must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in ContextX  3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle X 3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3-4
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Select one course from the following:   3
General Statistics X  
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context X 3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging X 3
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies   3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   3
STAT 201 or STAT 301 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods X4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science X 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan X4B3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 477Professional Skills Development II   1
HDFS 488CField Placement: Pre-Health   5-8
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   2-5
HDFS 350 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 492Seminar-Program Proposal DevelopmentX 4C3
Pre-Health Professions Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3
ElectivesX  8
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120