​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Health Sciences (BS)/Health Communication (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in their Health Sciences courses, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed three 300 level courses in the Public Health Studies or BioScience major curriculum in Health Sciences may apply for the combined BS Health Sciences/MA Health Communication program.  Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by June 1 (priority deadline): B.S./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, answers to essay questions, writing sample (research paper), and two letters of recommendation from professors in Health Sciences and/or College of Communication.

Students in Health Sciences will take all of the required courses for the undergraduate major.  During their senior year, students in this program take a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours as three Health Communication courses; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate Health Sciences and graduate Health Communication requirements.  Students are strongly encouraged to take the following three HTHC core courses during their senior year: HTHC 515, HTHC 516, HTHC 517.    In the Public Health Studies concentration, HTHC 515 can replace CMNS 315.  In BioScience, HTHC 515 will  count as an elective in the major. The other two graduate courses will count as either major electives or open electives for either concentration. 

Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program. 

Students can defer their graduate admission for one year after they earn their B.S.  If students do not matriculate after completing their B.S. degrees or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must reapply for admission to the graduate program. 

Students must apply for undergraduate degree conferral in anticipation of completing their B.S. in Health Sciences at the conclusion of their fourth year of study.

CMN 101


This course provides an introduction to the field of relational, group and organizational communication. Students become acquainted with the basic terms, concepts and theoretical perspectives used to examine communication in dyadic, group and organizational contexts.