The Bachelor of Science in Human Science provides undergraduate students with a strong scientific background in the context of human health.
This field of study provides a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in such fields as health policy, scientific writing, biomedical research, pharmaceutical and medical technology management, public health, and other science-based health-related professions.
This major is also ideal for students who wish to pursue graduate education in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, and other biomedical sciences.
Distinguished from a traditional biology major, the Department of Human Science allows students to study the application of scientific discoveries in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to human health.
Students also study genetics, immunology, biotechnology, microbiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology.
The Office of the University Registrar maintains a list of courses and course descriptions for the Human Science Program. To see the course descriptions for the current academic year, visit the registrar's Web site.
- A strong emphasis on faculty-student collaboration inside and outside the classroom
- Pre-med and study abroad opportunities
- Junior and Senior Seminars that provide the opportunity to interpret, discuss, and analyze primary research in the human sciences
- The Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory and research facility
- Research opportunities and internships that prepare students for a number of possible career paths
- Opportunities to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and produce the the online, peer-reviewed Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences
- The ability to participate in the department's annual Undergraduate Research Conference, a regional event that draws students from around the national capital area and features an address by a scientific leader
- Small class sizes
Writing in the Major
Written professional communication is often standardized for scientific presentation and emphasizes disseminating complex ideas and data clearly, precisely, and concisely. Human science majors are introduced to a variety of scientific communication (e.g., grant proposals, protocols, scientific literature, and oral presentations) in their required introductory course, "Research Theory" and "Communication in Science and Healthcare." Additional scientific writings in most required courses build upon data presentation, and communication is polished during the "Senior Internship" course, which includes a research proposal, final paper, and poster presentation. A final opportunity for writing is available for human science students who complete, write, and defend an honors senior thesis.
Graduates from the program enter the workforce or go on to pursue graduate studies at a variety of institutions, including:
- Yale School of Public Health
- Harvard School of Public Health
- University of Oxford
- Georgetown University School of Medicine
- University of Michigan Medical School
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
- Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Minoring in Human Science
Undergraduates who are not majoring in human science may elect to pursue a minor. The department offers a minor in Health Promotion. Click here to download more information.
In addition, all majors at NHS, including those students majoring in Human Science, can take the minor in Environmental and Occupational Health. Click here to download more information.