Health Sciences (B.S.)

Why Study Health Sciences at NIU?

Our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program is designed to prepare you to enter the allied health and other health-related fields. Our program focuses on providing you with a strong foundation through general education courses and a science-based curriculum.

You’ll have the choice of threeemphases:


Careers with a Health Sciences Degree

A Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is necessary to practice physical therapy. Once credentialed you can find careers in the following areas:

  • Health care support services
  • Social services
  • Healthcare-related sales
  • Patient educator
  • Community health organizer
  • Healthcare facility coordinator
  • Job coach
  • Non-profit work
  • Activity therapist

Health Sciences Faculty

Our faculty work to solve real life health problems and share their findings both inside and outside of the classroom. A few research interest among our faculty include: identifying factors associated with falling, control of balance across the lifespan, physical therapy awareness and use among minorities, posture and back pain, and physical activity and skill development in preschoolers.

Visit our Faculty and Staff Directory to learn more about the professionals who will help you gain valuable knowledge in the field.


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

You can participate in research as an undergrad. Our Research Rookies program allows you to conduct research projects with faculty mentors. Or, generate your own research projects through our Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research Program.

You’ll also be able to take part in other opportunities such as:

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