Health Science

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Department of Science Mission Statement

The Department of Science is committed to upholding the overall mission and purpose of South College. Toward that end, the mission of the departmental unitis to create and foster the development of science related academic courses that will meet the diverse needs of students and assist them in their preparation to become competent professionals, reflective practitioners, and service-oriented individuals.

Knowledge, critical thinking skills, and values learned in the core science courses will prepare South College students:

  • For professional health programs at South College and other educational institutions,
  • For competency exams required for graduate level education, and
  • For board exams for professional certifications.

Overview of Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program is to provide a comprehensive health science education to undergraduate students. As a pre-professional program, it is designed to provide the foundational degree for those wishing to pursue graduate education in the pure or applied health sciences or in the health professions, such as medicine, nursing, or pharmacy. For those students who do not go on to graduate study, opportunities exist for positions in the biological, life, and health sciences. Example positions include Food Scientist and Technologist, Biological Scientist and Technician and Chemist and Material Scientist.

The program curriculum provides a comprehensive undergraduate educational foundation through course offerings in the arts and sciences, with a focus on the health sciences. Course offerings are designed to fulfill prerequisites for admission into graduate programs in the pure and applied health sciences and the health professions, as well as for entry level careers in the health sciences.

Graduates will have a variety of choices for future education or careers in keeping with the goals of our program.

  1. The program seeks to assist and support students in developing and carrying out an education and career plan based on an understanding of the demanding requirements for health science education and for a successful career in the health sciences or health professions.
  2. The program seeks to provide students with the academic knowledge, skills and tools to enable them to be successful in graduate program studies.
  3. The program seeks to prepare students to meet expectations for self-directed and lifelong learning and ongoing self-assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The program seeks to graduate successful individuals which are able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of all required basic science courses.
  2. Synthesize, integrate and analyze research in health science literature.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the transdisciplinary work place and issues in health care fields and environment.

It is important to remember that completion of any undergraduate program does not guarantee successful admission into or completion of professional and scientific graduate degree programs.

Admission to graduate degree programs is competitive and typically based upon a combination of requirements that includes cumulative grade point average, program-specific admission tests, letters of recommendation and, in some cases, related experience outside the classroom. It is the student's responsibility to contact the graduate degree program for current information regarding requirements and application deadlines.

Admission Requirements

General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Health Science. Applicants interested in this program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students declaring Health Science as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:

  1. Satisfactorily complete 60 hours of coursework at South College required for the program, with 40 of these hours coming from the required core curriculum. A total of 196 credit hours is required. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a 2.5 grade point average in science and math courses is required.
  2. Following completion of the required 60 hours of coursework, submit a personal statement (at least one page in length) that describes both collegiate and career objectives evidencing the applicant's understanding and correlation of the goals of the program and his/her own goals for future study or career.
  3. Once admitted, any student who fails to achieve the required overall grade point average and the required average in science and math will be notified the following quarter. The student may repeat the course or courses that are not satisfactory one time. The student must make at least a "B" in the failed course if it is science or math on the second attempt.
  4. Any student falling below requirements must submit a letter to the Department Chair requesting readmission to the health science program. The student will then meet with the Department Chair and Science Faculty to consider the request for readmission.

Program Termination

Grounds for termination from the Health Science Program include:

  1. Failure to maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average and a 2.5 grade point average in science and math course.
  2. Nonpayment of costs.
  3. Failure to comply with rules and/or Code of Conduct.
  4. Falsification of application to the college.

Science Faculty

Karen Goss, Professor and Chairperson
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, M.S. Ohio State University, B.S. Georgia State University
Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Neuroanatomy
Phone: 865-251-1853, E-mail:

Robert Armstrong, Adjunct Instructor
M.S. Columbia University, B.A. Community College of New York

Gary Cooper, Assistant Professor
M.S. University of Tennessee, B.S. Tennessee State University
Anatomy and Physiology
Phone: 865-251-1855, E-mail:

Shiv Dhar, Professor
Ph.D. University of Pune, M.S. University of Pune, B.S. University of Pune, India
General Chemisty, Organic, and Biochemistry
Phone: 865-251-1713, E-mail:

Robert Halliburton, Adjunct Instructor
M.S. University of Tennessee, B.S. University of Tennessee

Vania Naydenova, Associate Professor
M.D. Bulgarian National Medical Academy, M.B.A. University of Tennessee
Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology
Phone: 865-251-1854, E-mail:

Matthew Russell, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph. D. Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology 2012, University of Tennessee
Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology
Phone: 865-493-4551, E-mail:

Kay Trigiano, Instructor
M.S. North Carolina State University, B.S. North Carolina State University
General Chemistry, Nutrition
Phone: 865-293-4590, E-mail:

Todd White, Associate Professor
D.V.M. University of Tennessee, M.S. University of Tennessee
Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Immunology, Microbiology
Phone: 865-251-1861, E-mail:

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* Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. *

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