This AS degree provides students a broad base of general education coursework relevant to the field of health sciences. Students who have chosen a career path or have not yet decided upon a specific course of study may elect to complete the foundational coursework in the health sciences coupled with a range of general education courses. The degree is designed to transfer to all MnSCU system universities offering related baccalaureate programs through a statewide articulation agreement. Students are encouraged to consult with both Hennepin Technical College and transfer university counselors/advisors early and often, for guidance and planning regarding the requirements of the various health sciences baccalaureate programs to facilitate the most efficient transition and transfer.

Program Title:

Award Type:
Associate of Science

Credits: Total Associate of Science Credits 60
Award Outcomes:
  • Develop as writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically
  • Apply mathematical, scientific and logical modes of thinking
  • Develop the ability to use technology to improve and facilitate their learning
  • Explain processes of humans and other biological systems
  • Demonstrate safe, environmentally responsible procedures in varied situations
  • Expand their ability to identify, discuss and reflect upon social, ethical and behavioral issues
  • Extend their awareness of cultural, global and environmental topics

Career Opportunities:
Obtaining a Health Science Broad Field degree at HTC opens the door to additional career pathways in your program of study and others as well: Allied Health Biology; Athletic Training; Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; Communication Disorders; Community Health; Corrections; Dietetics; Exercise Science; Foods and Nutrition; Health Education; Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Services; Health Promotion; Health Science; Movement Sciences; Nursing (limited seats available on a competitive basis); Psychology; Social Work; and Therapeutic Recreation.

Choose Total Associate of Science Credits 60 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 0 Credits
Technical Studies Electives: 4 Credits
Technical Studies Courses may be used to satisfy elective credits OR Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
General Education Required: 56 Credits
Science Core Courses
BIOL2003 Nutrition and Health 3
BIOL2005 General Biology I 4
BIOL2115 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL2215 Human Physiology 4
BIOL2235 Microbiology 4
CHEM2200 Essentials of General, Organic and Biochemistry 5
General Education Core Courses
COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
MATH2150 Introduction to Statistics 3
MATH2200 College Algebra 4
PHIL2200 Ethics 3
PSYC2300 General Psychology 3
PSYC2310 Psychology Throughout the Lifespan 3
SOCI2100 Introduction to Sociology 3
COMM2020 Intercultural Communication 3
PHIL2500 World Religions 3

Choose 1 course from MnTC Goal Area 6 (Humanities/Fine Arts) 3
General Education Electives: 0 Credits