Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree

About the Department

• Perfect for the student who is interested in health sciences but isn’t sure which career field to pursue.

• Seamless transfer to all MnSCU universities through a statewide articulation agreement.

• Build a broad foundation of knowledge in biology, chemistry and the liberal arts.

• Opens the doors to many health-related careers.

So you want a career in the health sciences field, but you don’t know exactly which one? This is the degree for you. It gives you a solid base of general education in the field of health sciences and prepares you to transfer to any MnSCU university that offers related bachelor’s degrees. With this general introduction to the health sciences, it will prepare you for many careers, including: community health, dental hygiene, nutrition, health education, exercise science and many other high demand, health-related fields.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses:
BIOL 1420 Nutrition (3 cr) OR HLTH 1520 Principles of Nutrition (3 cr)
BIOL 1431 General Biology I (5 cr)
BIOL 2457* Microbiology (4 cr)
BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)
BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
CHEM 1407 Life Science Chemistry (4 cr) OR CHEM 1424 Chemical Principles I (5 cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)
MATH 1460 Introduction to Statistics (4 cr)
MATH 1470 College Algebra (3 cr)
PHIL 2420 Ethics (3 cr)
PSYC 2421 General Psychology (4 cr)
PSYC 2431* Human Development (3 cr)
SOCL 1401 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (3 cr) OR COMM 1420 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)
TOTAL REQUIRED: 51-52 credits

General Education:
Students must complete an additional 8-9 credits from the MN General Education Transfer Curriculum. (ENGL 1411 Composition II is highly recommended.)

NOTE: Total credits must include courses from at least 6 of the 10 Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas.
*Denotes Prerequisite

Program Information: This program prepares students for a career in the healthcare occupation field. It provides a broad base of general education course work relevant to health sciences in preparation for transfer to a broad array of health sciences majors at a college or university. This degree program is designed to fulfill the prerequisite requirements for health science baccalaureate requirements for specific majors at all MnSCU system universities offering related degrees through a statewide articulation agreement. (please refer to the articulation agreement for a listing of majors and MnSCU universities). Even with this agreement in place, students should consult with both Central Lakes College and the transfer university advisors early in the process for guidance and planning regarding how to best meet the requirements of the various health sciences baccalaureate programs.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop as writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak, and listen critically;
  • Develop capacity to identify, discuss and reflect upon social and behavioral issues;
  • Demonstrate comprehension of human and biological systems;
  • Increase knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking; and
  • Improve their awareness and understanding of health, wellness and liberal arts.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  • College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  • Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (20) of their credits at Central Lakes College.


Transfer Opportunities: All courses in the degree program transfer and count toward the selected MnSCU university health sciences baccalaureate degree program requirements per the MnSCU Statewide Health Sciences Broad Field Articulation Agreement. (Refer to the Articulation Agreement for specific majors and MnSCU universities)

Career Opportunities: This program provides preparation for transfer into a number of health sciences majors: physical therapist, occupational therapist, rehabilitation specialist, nurse, nurse educator, athletic trainer, clinical social worker, health educator, nutritionist, dietitian, medical sonographer, radiologic technician, surgical technician, dental hygienist, psychologist, cardiovascular technologist, orthodontic technologist, exercise physiologist, health center manager.


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Sandra Kaplan

Biology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8164
Brainerd E434
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Karen Pikula

Psychology Instructor Online
Phone: 218-855-8174
Brainerd E411
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Kirby Scott

Chemistry Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8160
Brainerd E337

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