Health Science Minor (21-22 units total)

DISCONTINUED as of Fall 2021


For students interested in personal growth, community service, intellectual stimulation, and professional career opportunities in the health field, a minor in health science is a path to achieve these goals. The minor provides a concentration of health-related courses that can enhance skills for students majoring in fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Child Development, Human Services, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Sociology. The minor consists of two options: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (21 units) and Environmental and Occupational Health (22 units)The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention option provides students with a broad overview of health and well-being, health behavior theory, and specialized content areas to meet student’s interestsThe Environmental and Occupational Health option (22 units), designed to complement majors such as chemistry and biology, provides students with the necessary coursework to become eligible for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Exam offered by the California Department of Public Health. CSUF has the only approved REHS program in Orange County.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within each program.


Minor Requirement

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Required Minor Core Courses (6 units)

PUBH 101       Personal Health 
PUBH 440    Health Behavior  OR                       
PUBH 401       Epidemiology***

(NOTE: A health science minor will need to contact the health science dept. office/advisor to be permitted to enroll in PUBH  401 or  PUBH 440).

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (15 units)


Elective Courses from Health Science (9-15 units of any of the following):
PUBH 321  Drugs & Society                          
PUBH  325    Consumer Health
PUBH  342/KNES 342  Stress Management              
PUBH  350/KNES 350/NURS 350 Nutrition: Vital Link to Better Health                                                                            
PUBH  353/KNES 353  Physical Activity & Lifelong Well-Being       
PUBH  358        Contemp. Issues in Children’s Health     
PUBH  405     Worksite Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation      
PUBH  410  Community Health     
PUBH  411 Promoting Health in Diverse Populations    
PUBH  450   Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations
PUBH  460    Worksite Health Promotion
PUBH  461     Occupational Safety and Health

Elective Courses from other Departments (0-6 units of any of the following)


AFAM 304       The Black Family                            
AMST 438                         American Minds: Images of Sickness and Health     
ANTH 308  Culture and Aging
ANTH 315  Culture and Nutrition
ANTH 322 Human Behavioral Ecology   
ANTH 342    Anthropology and Health     
ANTH 344 Human Evolution 
ASAM 342    Asian Pacific American Families      
ASAM 346 Asian American Psychology   
ASAM 340 Asian American Communication   
ASAM 348   Asian Pacific American Persp. On Aging      
BIOL 300    Environmental Biology    
BIOL 302   General Microbiology
BIOL 305 Human Heredity and Development      
BIOL 306  Biology of Aging     
BIOL 310  Human Physiology     
BIOL 360  Biology of Human Sexuality   
BIOL 361    Human Anatomy**
CHEM 301A   Organic Chemistry
CHEM 301B   Organic Chemistry
CHEM 302  Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 302A   Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 302B   Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 303A    Biotechnology: Business & Society
CHEM 303B    Medical Biotechnology         
CHEM 303C    Agric./Envir. Biotechnology        
CHEM 311   Nutrition and Disease            
CHEM 313A   Air Pollution
CHEM 313B Water Pollution
CHEM 313C  Land Pollution
CHIC 305  The Chicano Family     
GEOG 350   Nature & Society**
KNES 348  The Physiology of Exercise 
KNES 351  Principles of Conditioning**
KNES 432      Applied Exercise Psychology               
KNES 454     Physical Activity and the Aging Process 
NURS 301  Promotion of Optimal Health  
PHIL 314   Medical Ethics
PSYCH  312     Psych of Human Sexual Behavior             
PSYCH  341     Abnormal Psychology     
PSYCH 350    Environmental Psychology
PSYCH 351    Social Psychology    
PSYCH 362  Psychology of Aging 
PSYCH 391  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
SOCI 300 Introduction to Social Welfare      
SOCI 333 Sociology of Aging 
SOCI 354   Sex Roles and Gender  
SOCI 360 Sociology of Death and Dying
SOCI 361 Population and the Environment
SOCI 381 Sociology of Human Sexuality
SOCI 385  Family Violence    
SPCH 345   Communication and Aging   
SPED 371 Exceptional Individual    
WMST 410  Women’s Health and Aging

Total Units = 21
Environmental and Occupational Health (16 units)***
Required Courses (12 units)
PUBH  415      Environmental Health and Safety     
PUBH  461  Occupational Health
POSC 320    Intro to Public Management 
PUBH  349                                                                                                                 Measurement & Statistics in Kinesiology & Health, or Math 120 Introduction or      Probability and Statistics                                                                      

Elective Courses (4 units from the following)
BIOL 438             Public Health Microbiology
CHEM 313A   Air Pollution
CHEM 313B     Water Pollution
CHEM 313C   Land Pollution
GEOL 335  General Hydrology
CHEM 435 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials


Total Units = 22

*In completing the requirements for the minor, a minimum of twelve (12) units, of which at least six (6) must be upper division, must be distinct and different from the units used to complete the requirements of the major. Any units above this minimum requirement, which can be used to satisfy both the requirements for the minor and for the major may be double counted.  General education courses, however, may be used to meet minor requirements. 

**Course electives that have been added to Health Promotion since original approval of the Health Science minor.

***Students desiring to prepare to take the REHS exam should select the PUBH 401, Epidemiology option under core requirements.

Contact: Advisors:   Alysia Rivera and Jackie Blyleven in KHS 193.