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Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in General Health Sciences

Healthcare careers are providing an expanding number of career opportunities in Connecticut and nationwide. The General Health Sciences major will help Albertus students pursue careers and/or advanced study in a variety of health fields including nursing, nutrition, physical therapy and more. Graduates who major in health science will be prepared to assume roles as health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings. The program includes instruction in personal health, community health and welfare, nutrition, epidemiology, disease prevention, fitness and exercise, and health behaviors.

The Albertus Difference

What Makes General Health Sciences at Albertus Different?


  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Emphasis on collaborative work


  • Personally invested professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative, well-rounded programs
  • Resources and opportunities for research


  • Lively extracurricular activities
  • Campus-wide events
  • Service and community engagement


  • Active career counseling
  • Opportunity-building networks
  • Access to internships and professional experiences
Student Success

General Health Sciences Student Perspective

Dalton Sargent ‘18, a Biology Major and S-STEM Scholarship recipient, reflects on his time in college noting that the community here is like a family, and Albertus feels like his home.

“This is an important stepping stone to what I want to do. I plan on going on to medical school to become a doctor someday.”

Dalton talks about the tradition and spirit of Albertus, and how students experience this at special events like homecoming weekend and candlelight convocation.

Hear Dalton's Story

 Student Perspective at Albertus Magnus College
Dalton Sargent '18Dalton plans to continue his education and pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health. Albertus helped him identify a passion for medical studies, and he plans to become a Doctor someday.

My time at Albertus has allowed me to find a career path that I am passionate about. Upon graduation, I plan to continue my education at Johns Hopkins for a masters in Individualized Health Genomics, while working full-time as a molecular lab technologist.

Stephanie Lynne Latella, '19


Where Will Your General Health Sciences Degree take You?

The number of colleges with health science majors is growing, but at Albertus, your degree, combined with experiential learning, means more. The opportunities available to general health and medical science majors are virtually endless. By enrolling in undergraduate health science programs, students can expect to gain a wealth of knowledge about the healthcare industry, and practical experience. Students may choose to pursue a career in the healthcare field immediately, or continue their education by pursuing a higher degree. A large variety of employers seek healthcare professionals, such as government agencies, research centers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, community organizations and large healthcare organizations.

Possible career paths with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Health Sciences include:

Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Health Education
Food Science
Science Technician
Chiropractic Medicine
Pharmaceutical Sales/Marketing
Through the 'Scope

Scientific History of Albertus

The sciences at Albertus go back to the early days of our history. In 1927, Marcella O’Grady Boveri arrived at this fledgling college to establish a department of science.

Marcella's background was amazing for a woman of her time.

She was, in 1885, the first woman to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in biology; she studied comparative zoology and embryology at Bryn Mawr; and by 1893 she had become a full professor at Vassar.

Three years later, she was admitted to study science at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, the first woman ever granted acceptance to the science program there. At Wurzburg, she studied with Theodor Boveri, director of the Zoological–Zootomical Institute and one of the world’s first cancer researchers. They married in 1897 and worked together on the chromosome theory of cancer until his death in 1915.

Marcella Boveri remained in Germany until 1926 when she returned to the United States for what was supposed to be just a brief visit: however, fortuitously for Albertus, she learned from a friend who was married to a former Yale University dean that the new liberal arts college in New Haven was looking for a woman of distinction to create and run its science department. When her contacts at Yale assured her that the resources of its Osborn Zoological Laboratory and Yale libraries would be available to her, she accepted the offer from Albertus. Marcella Boveri remained at Albertus until she retired in 1943; she died in October 1950.

Marcella O’Grady Boveri developing courses for the Biological Sciences Major
Paving the WayMarcella O’Grady Boveri was an American Biologist who introduced and developed Biology courses at Albertus Magnus College, becoming an influential teacher, mentor, and role model for students to this day.

General Health Sciences Courses

The following general health sciences major courses are required to complete the Bachelor of Science degree.

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I was drawn to science because I love solving mysteries, and to me that is what science does.

Devon DeLallo, ‘17, Biology Major, Future Veterinarian

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Purposeful Vision & Direction

The Albertus General Health Sciences Degree Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics is to build upon the College’s Liberal Arts focus to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and judgment necessary to be responsible, able practitioners in their chosen fields. The majors are designed to prepare students for careers in pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, allied health careers, science education, research, biotechnology industry, government service, and scientific writing. Majors are advised individually about their choice of courses according to their special interests and abilities. The faculty works closely with students, helping them to prepare for entrance into both professional and graduate programs.

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