Health Behavior Science

Why Major in Health Behavior Science?

Health Behavior Science is the study of creating and promoting sustainable behavior change to obtain optimal quality of life. Health Behavior Scientists explore and analyze how actions, cognitions, communications, and environment affect health, chronic disease and relationships across the lifespan. Health Behavior Science majors address topics such as: 1) Cognitions (knowledge, attitudes, and skills); 2) Behaviors (physical activity, eating habits, and stress management); 3) Environment (factors that shape behavior).

Majors gain expertise and skills to promote healthy lifestyles through: a) needs assessment, b) identifying health priorities, c) creating evidence-based and innovative health programs, and d) evaluating health impacts and outcomes.

Program Options

To help develop professional background in an area of focus, our majors are required to complete an approved minor such as Public Health, Coaching Science, Nutrition, Disabilities Studies, Business Administration, Strength and Conditioning, Psychology or Health, Physical Activity and Disability.

Or, students may choose the Health Behavior Science, Concentration in Health and Disability major which provides the theoretical base, graduate prerequisites and field experience for careers in health, medical, physical activity and/or disability fields. Completion of this concentration will substitute for the required minor. Professional and faculty advisors help guide students in course selection, career trajectory and graduate school opportunities.

Health Behavior Science Curriculum

To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet the requirements outlined in the online Undergraduate Catalog. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 14 to 16. The following plan is just one example; not every student will take every course in this order.