Frequently Asked Questions
The Department of Health Science is located in MacQuarrie Hall, Room 407.
In general, the Department of Health Science is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Thursday and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
There is a black magazine kiosk outside of the Department of Health Science office with hard copies of all HS advising forms. Certain forms are available digitally.
For university forms, please consult the Advising Hub.
Dr. Brian R. Grossman is the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Health Science.
In general, paperwork submitted to the Department of Health Science will be processed within one week after submitted. After paperwork has been processed, you will receive an email from the Health Science student office staff informing you that the paperwork is ready for pick up. If you do not hear from the office within a week, please send email to check on the status of your paperwork.
Applications for change of majors are unique. Unlike all other paperwork, applications for change of major are only reviewed once a semester, at the end of the semester. In the fall semester, applications for change of major are accepted in two weeks in December and in spring, they are accepted for two weeks in May. Students are notified by email if their application has been admitted or denied within 4-6 weeks of submitting their applications. If you do not hear from the office within this time frame, please send email to check on the status of your paperwork.
The Health Science Reunion is an event that happens each semester (fall and spring) on the day before school starts. All students are required to attend and it is the only time all year that all students in the Department of Health Science (undergraduate and graduate) are in one room. The Reunion is a day for networking, socializing, reconnecting, and getting important advising information! Students must attend the Health Science Reunion in order to get an appointment for the first of two Faculty Advising Weeks.
The HS-USA listserv is an email listserv that informs students about upcoming departmental and student-led events, departmental deadlines and advising programs, job opportunities, and community service events. All Health Science majors (and minors) are required to be on the listserv.
Information about the HS permission code survey is communicated over the listserv. To join the HS-USA listserv, please e-mail the Department of Health Science Office.
In the undergraduate program in Health Science, C is the minimum acceptable grade for any coursework completed in the major. Starting in Fall 2013, student will need to earn a C or above in all ten (10) Health Science major core courses in order to complete the degree.
Currently, all students must earn a grade of C or better in HS1, HS15, and HS67 (or an accepted substituted class) in order to enroll in HS 102, 104, 158, 161, or 162. For HS 167, you must have earned a C or better in HS 67 (or an accepted substituted class).
Additionally, students must earn a grade of C or better:
in HS 100W and HS 104 in order to enroll in HS 159
in HS 100W in order to enroll in HS 162
in HS 104, HS 159, HS 161, and HS 162 in order to enroll in HS 166A/B
If you earned a grade of C minus (C-) or below in any of these courses, then you must: wait until the first day of the course and petition for an add code as a student “retaking” the course; 2) create a plan where you can devote more attention to these courses – this may mean reducing your hours of employment, taking fewer classes, and/or improving your study habits and writing skills. The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center in MacQuarrie Hall Room 533 is a great resource to get support to improve your academic skills.
IMPORTANT: If you earn a grade of C minus (C-) or better, there is no guarantee that you will be able to retake the course. The university policy gives those students “retaking” a course the lowest priority for registration. Additionally, if you earn a grade of C minus (C-) or better, you have automatically added an additional semester onto your graduation plan. Lastly, earning a C minus (C-) or below in a course puts you at risk for being on probation in the major and/or potentially being asked to leave the major. In other words, do your very best the first time around – you may not get another chance right away!
Your commitment as a student to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University’s Academic Integrity policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development.
Please refer to this calendar for the day, date, time, and location for the Department of Health Science convocation.
It is important to understand the difference between “walking in HS convocation” and “graduating from the university.” Please understand that “walking in HS convocation” is about your participation in a departmental level convocation ceremony that recognizes that you have completed the Health Science major (and hopefully all of your coursework at SJSU). On the other hand, “graduating from the university” means that you have been cleared by the university graduation evaluators and that all of your coursework (not JUST your HS major and not everything but four units and not all but one course!) have been completed and passed with an appropriate grade.
For the Health Science undergraduate program, you will be able to “walk in HS convocation”if you truly are in your final semester at SJSU. If for some reason, you have one course you have not yet completed you may be allowed to walk in HS convocation at the discretion of the Director of the Undergraduate Program. In order to walk, the course that you have yet to complete MAY NOT be a Health Science major course. You may need to complete your physical education requirements, a general education course that was missed, a course to get to 120 units, or a course for a minor. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the Director of the Undergraduate Program.
All students should seek assistance with GE advising after the have completed 60 units on campus or one semester after transferring to campus. Faculty advisors in the undergraduate program in Health Science cannot answer questions about GE advising. These questions should be directed to the staff of AARS. GE advising is available at the 10th Street Garage and the CASA Student Success Center.
Peer Connections is located in Room 600 in the Student Services Center. It is designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become self-directed learners. Peer Connections provides support services, such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. Peer Connections is a new program that combines two former programs: the Peer Mentor Center and the Learning Assistance Resource Center.
SJSU Writing Center
The SJSU Writing Center is located in Room 126 in Clark Hall. It is staffed by professional instructors and upper-division or graduate-level writing specialists from each of the seven SJSU colleges. Our writing specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist all students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers.
CASA Student Academic Success Center
"All CASA students and students who would like to be in CASA are invited to stop by the Center for general education advising, help with changing majors, academic policy related questions, reinstatement and probation questions, meeting with peer advisors, and/or attending various regularly scheduled presentations and workshops. Looking for academic advice or maybe just some tips about how to navigate your way around SJSU? Check out the CASA Student Success Center, located in MH 533! It’s also a great place to study, and you can check out laptops/iPads.
Free, confidential services are available to all SJSU students through Counseling Services. Additionally, students may seek out extra support for emotional needs related to their experiences in school through Educational Counseling. Both individual and group counseling services are available.
Each semester, the Undergraduate Program in Health Science conducts an electronic survey to find out what courses students intend to take. Announcements about the dates of the HS permission code survey are made via the HS-USA listserv and through an email blast to students enrolled in Health Science classes. If you wish to take any Health Science courses in the upcoming semester, you will be expected to complete the permission code survey – regardless of your status as a major, minor, or just a student interested in HS courses.
The Writing Skills Test (WST) is a test of your English writing skills that fulfills the first part of the CSU requirement for the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Questions about the WST, should be directed to the SJSU Testing Office.
The Undergraduate Program in Health Science strongly encourages students to take the WST the first semester that they are able. For each semester you delay taking the WST, you will delay your expected date of graduation by one semester. The WST is a prerequisite for 100W, which is in turn a prerequisite for multiple upper-division courses in Health Science.
100W is a discipline-specific writing course that helps fulfill the second part of the CSU requirement for the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Each department on campus offers 100W and in Health Science, our 100W is cross listed with HPRF, etc. You may enroll in any of the sections of 100W under any academic prefix that is cross-listed with HPRF/HS 100W.
You must pass 100W (with a grade of C or better) in order to take certain courses in the major, including HS 159 and HS 162.
The Undergraduate Program in Health Science strongly encourages students to enroll in 100W in the first semester of their junior year on campus. Students may enroll in 100W later in their studies, but doing so will delay semester of graduation by a minimum of one semester.
The last Friday of each semester, the Undergraduate Program in Health Science hosts an undergraduate fieldwork expo and fieldwork placement fair. Codes for the supervised fieldwork experiences, HS 166A/B and GERO 133, are distributed at this fair. Students who attend will also have the opportunity to communicate with many potential placements.