Health Sciences


If you care about the well-being of other people, BGSU has plenty of career options for you to explore. The health sciences programs at BGSU prepare individuals for roles as health and wellness professionals in business and industry, community organizations and health care settings.

Applied health specializations include allied health, health care administration, health science, public health and respiratory care. The program is also ideal if you are interested in our pre-professional programs that include physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, mortuary science and optometry.

The athletic training/clinic management (AT/CM) major is an accredited undergraduate degree program that prepares students to become certified athletic trainers.

BGSU’s communication sciences and disorders major teaches students interested in speech pathology and audiology, which involves evaluation, treatment and research related to human communication, its development and disorders.

Dietetics is an interdisciplinary degree program that focuses on the principles of human nutrition and foods. Dietetics is becoming increasingly important in the health promotion and wellness of people of all ages and in the care of people who are ill.

Exercise science has two tracks from which to choose. Exercise programming will prepare students to complete exercise testing and prescription in a wide variety of settings such as cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness/wellness, strength and conditioning, and personal training. Human movement is the in-depth study of the core disciplines of kinesiology, helping students develop interdisciplinary knowledge and thorough understanding of human movement.

In medical laboratory science (formerly known as medical technologist) you will play a key role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease using scientific procedures that detect the changes that diseases produce in the body.

BGSU has built a strong, interdisciplinary program in the neurosciences, which includes behavioral pharmacology, classical ethology, behavioral neuroscience and cognitive science. As a student you benefit from the collaborative research, teaching and service that are offered.

Nursing is a rewarding and challenging profession that incorporates theory, complex technology and caring. The accredited nursing degree program at BGSU is a consortium with the College of Nursing at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. In the program, you will combine theory, complex technology and caring.

Nutrition sciences is a science-oriented degree program that emphasizes the intensive study of physical and biological sciences.

BGSU Bonus

BGSU offers a Natural and Health Sciences Residential Community where students interested in natural and health sciences benefit from learning and socializing with other students taking similar classes, increased contacts with faculty in the health-science academic majors, and academic advising and career exploration that takes place within the residence hall.

BGSU offers one of the most extensive training facilities of any collegiate program, offering students the opportunity to work on cutting edge research. Of course, clinical training and internships provide hands-on experiences that expose you to learning outside the classroom. Student organizations, available in most areas of study, also are an important key to making connections and increasing your professional development opportunities.

Career Options

Health sciences careers are as varied as the available majors. While pre-professional graduates often go on to graduate schools to obtain advanced degrees such as physical and occupational therapy, others may work in pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales and marketing, or management-trainee positions with health-care related companies.

Careers specific to your major may be found in schools, universities, professional sports, hospitals, military and law enforcement, public health and government. Athletic trainers may work in secondary schools, universities, professional sports, hospitals, military and law enforcement, food and pharmaceutical corporations, governmental and public health agencies. You may be involved in the identification, prevention, assessment or treatment of health conditions.


  • Ned Baker ’54, co-founder of the National Association of Local Boards of Health
  • Larry Benz ’84, physical therapist and entrepreneur, who founded a consortium of physical therapy and sports medicine clinics, and PT Help for Haiti
  • Ron Culp ’69, athletic trainer for Miami Heat
  • Brian Shulman ’91, ’93, dean, School of Graduate Medical Education, Seton Hall University