Embark on a Career in Caring

A Health Sciences major will give you a strong foundation for many different professional positions in health care.


Our undergraduate Health Sciences degree program includes courses to develop a strong science foundation, coupled with coursework that encompasses communication components of health care professions.

A Health Sciences major is perfect for students who enter college unsure of a specific 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 have 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

A Health Sciences major gives you many options to pursue areas of interest. In introductory courses, practitioners from different health-related fields will come in 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:

  • Exercise Science
  • BS in Health Sciences and doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • BS in Health Sciences and master’s or doctorate in occupational therapy

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.

“Sage is an excellent environment for students that want to pursue something in the Health Sciences.”

Kathleen Kelly, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences
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Your Future


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


Health Sciences majors 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 Health Sciences degree 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 majors 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 and Chair, Biology & Health Sciences
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