Prepare Yourself for a Career in Caring

If you know you want to work in healthcare, but you’re not sure where, then this is the program for you.


The Health Sciences major is designed to provide undergraduate preparation for a variety of health-related careers. The major’s curriculum includes courses to develop a strong science foundation, coupled with coursework that encompasses communication components of health-care professions.

Best of all, the health sciences major is the perfect program for students who enter college unsure of a career path but know they want to do something in a health field. With 36 elective credits within the major, students can select courses to tailor their preparation for their health career of choice.


Faculty in the Health Sciences program have diverse backgrounds in exercise science, sports medicine, biology, nutrition and anthropology. These backgrounds allow them to provide excellent instruction to support the learning of foundational science knowledge and vital communication skills that contribute to patient care.

Program Distinctions

Majoring in the Health Sciences gives you many options to pursue areas of interest. In introductory courses, professionals from different health professions will come in to talk to give you an inside look at different career paths. There is also a strong connection to the Office of Career Planning within this major, and you’ll also have access to faculty advisors for all four years of your undergraduate degree.

Program Tracks

There are several different program tracks within the Health Sciences degree, including:

  • Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences with an exercise science track
  • Health Sciences with an accelerated track leading to physical therapy (3+3)
  • Health Sciences with an un-accelerated track leading to physical therapy (4+3)
  • Health Sciences with an accelerated track leading to occupational therapy (3+2)
  • Health Sciences with an un-accelerated track leading to occupational therapy (4+2)

Accelerated Tracks

Accelerated tracks are available for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs. Students in these programs first complete the undergraduate Health Sciences degree before moving on to physical or occupational therapy coursework.

  • Physical Therapy (3+3)
  • Occupational Therapy (3+2)
Spotlights Pattern

Your Future


Students have completed internships in physical and occupational therapy settings, personal training, college athletic departments and more.


Students go on to have careers as physical therapists, occupational therapists and more.

Learning Experience

You’ll learn through a variety of lectures, labs and seminars. The program starts out with foundational coursework, with the final two years focusing on the practical application and communication-centered components of Health Sciences.

Foundational courses are paired with courses centered around building the necessary communication skills to interact with patients. Classes such as psychology, medical ethics and culture and health will allow you to broaden your skill set and more effectively prepare you to treat patients.

Health sciences students are also encouraged to pursue a minor, and many minor in Spanish or psychology.

Articulation Agreements

Russell Sage College has an articulation agreement with Hudson Valley Community College for exercise science. There is a pathway from the Exercise Science, A.S. degree at Hudson Valley to the Health Sciences, B.S. degree at Sage with an Exercise Science track.

Program Objectives

Build your skills in the areas of:

  • Human health and wellness
  • Critical thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Professional collaboration
  • Ethical responsibility
  • Cultural competence
  • Human behavior
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Knowledge of the human body

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Associate Professor Biology & Health Sciences
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Program Director of Undergraduate Health Sciences