Basic and Behavioral Science Emphasis

The Basic and Behavioral Science emphasis is designed to provide students with pre-professional coursework in preparation for graduate training in nutrition science, biomedical sciences, medicine, and other healthcare-related fields. The curriculum provides a strong science and social science foundation to fulfill academic requirements for admission into graduate and professional healthcare programs.

Pre-Professional Health Adivsing

The Clemson Health Professions Advising website ( provides detailed information on curricular and extra-curricular requirements for admission into graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistance, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine. Many of the course requirements for professional program acceptance are intregrated within the Basic and Behavioral Science emphasis. Students interested in pursuing this emphasis in preparation for graduate training in medicine, dentistry, and allied health are encouraged to meet with the pre-professional health advisor, Ms. Jessica Owens (, in addition to their assigned academic advisor within the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. 

Career  Opportunities

Career opportunities for students who pursue the Basic and Behavioral Science emphasis area include research, education, and healthcare professions. With completion of an advanced degree, students may pursue careers in medicine (MD, DO, PA), dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and speech therapy, to name a few. Other opportunities include working in pharmaceutical and biomedical sales, public relations and consumer affairs, and healthcare organizations.

Basic and Behavioral Science Emphasis Requirements

Students in the Basic and Behavioral Science emphasis must complete 17 credits in the emphasis area. One credit of professional development coursework (NUTR 4190 Professional Development in Nutrition) is required. The remaining 16 credits may be selected from the following list of courses. Refer to the Nutrition Concentration Emphasis Area Course List (PDF, 144 KB) for further details.

  • CH 2240/2280 Organic Chemistry and Lab – 4 credits

  • PHYS 2070/2090 Physics I and Lab – 4 credits

  • PHYS 2080/2010 Physics II and Lab – 4 credits

  • GEN 3000 Fundamental Genetics – 3 credits

  • STAT 3300 Statistical Methods II – 3 credits

  • PSYC 3830 Abnormal Psychology– 3 credits

  • PSYC 3400 Lifespan Developmental Psychology1 – 3 credits

  • AGRB (HLTH) 3610 Introduction to Health Care Economics – 3 credits

  • SOC 3600 Social Class and Poverty (preq SOC 2010 or 2020) – 3 credits

  • FDSC 4500 Creative Inquiry – 1 or 2 credits

  • HLTH 2020 Introduction to Public Health2 – 3 credits

  • HLTH 2030 Overview of Health Care Systems2 – 3 credits

  • HLTH 3800 Epidemiology2 (preq any 2000-level HLTH course) – 3 credits

1CBBS course fee applies when taking this course.

2Completion of all three courses is required to obtain an Undergraduate Public Health Certificate (online) through the Department of Public Health Sciences. For more information, visit A minimum average GPR 2.5 for the three courses and course completion with a grade of D or better required.