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The College of Health and Human Sciences empowers individuals to lead in their professions, embrace lifelong learning, and positively enhance their communities in an inclusive and accessible environment through:

  • Outstanding programs in high demand fields;
  • Innovative teaching by highly qualified and professionally recognized faculty;
  • Experiential learning opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world settings;
  • Interdisciplinary high-impact research contributing to theory, policy, and practice; and
  • Meaningful service that transforms lives.

For complete details regarding core curriculum requirements, major requirements, graduation requirements, and grading refer to the degree program page in the catalog. Additional information on the College of Health and Human Sciences programs and course offerings is available on the college’s website at, by calling (618) 536-6682 or emailing

The College of Health and Human Sciences offers the following undergraduate degrees, specializations, minors and certificates in seven schools.

School of Health Sciences

  • Communication Disorders and Sciences (BS)
  • Dental Hygiene (BS)
       Dental Hygiene Education and Management Specialization (on-line only)
  • Health Care Management (BS)
       Respiratory Therapy Specialization
       Long Term Care Administration Minor
       Health Information and Informatics Management Minor
       Health Care Management Minor
  • Mortuary Science and Funeral Service (BS)
  • Nursing (BSN)
       RN to BSN (on-line only)
       Traditional BSN
       Accelerated BSN
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS)
  • Radiologic Sciences (AAS)
  • Radiologic Sciences (BS)
       Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound Specialization
       Cardiac Interventional Radiography Specialization
       Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Computed Tomography (MRI/CT) Specialization
       Radiation Therapy Technology Specialization
       Radiologic Sciences Management/Education (on-line only) 
  • Rehabilitation Services (BS)
       Rehabilitation Services Minor
       Substance Use and Behavioral Disorders Minor

School of Human Sciences

  • Exercise Science (BS)
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetics (BS)
       Didactic Program in Dietetics Specialization
       Nutrition for Wellness Specialization
  • Public Health (BS)
  • Recreation Professions (BS)
       Recreation Management Specialization
       Outdoor Leadership and Management Specialization
       Therapeutic Recreation Specialization
       Recreation Leadership Minor
  • Social Work (BS)
  • Sport Administration (BS)
       Coaching Minor

School of Justice and Public Safety

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (BA)
       Criminology and Criminal Justice Minor
       Forensic Science Minor
  • Paralegal Studies (BS)
       Paralegal Studies Minor   
       Pre-Law Specialization
  • Public Safety Management (BS) (on-line/hybrid only)
       Emergency Management Administration Specialization
       Emergency Medical Services Specialization
       Fire Service Management Specialization

School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences

  • Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BS)
  • Psychology (BA)
       Parent Training Specialization
       Psychology Minor
       Neuroscience Minor


New freshman and transfer students must meet University entrance requirements and are notified of admission by the Undergraduate Admission Office.

Undergraduate admission to the Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiologic Sciences programs is based on competitive admission criteria.  For additional information, contact the College or School.


The University requires students to earn at least 120 semester hours of acceptable credit in order to receive a baccalaureate degree.  For academic classification purposes, a freshman is a student who has completed fewer than 26 hours; a sophomore, from 26 through 55; a junior, from 56 through 85; and a senior, 86 or more.

Students must complete all coursework with a 2.0 average (C or better) on a 4.0-point scale to graduate. Additionally, students must fulfill all academic program and SIU requirements including the University Core Curriculum, total hour, residency, and GPA requirements to qualify for completion.


All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis to ensure timely progress to degree. It is important to take required courses of study in the proper sequence.  Program sequence guidelines and curriculum maps are available in each school advisement office.


The College of Health and Human Sciences is a transfer student-friendly college, and transfer students make up a large segment of our student population.  We have articulation agreements with several community colleges and universities.  In addition to checking the course articulation guide, students should work with their academic advisor to determine course equivalencies.

The adult and transfer student population is growing and we invite students to take advantage of the Non-Traditional Student Services office. This office serves the adult student population through guidance, support, and resource referrals, which enhance educational experiences from the point of entry to degree completion.

The Capstone Option is for transfer students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree and are seeking a bachelor’s degree through one of the participating programs in the college.  Capstone reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 41 credit hours to 30 credit hours. Capstone students can earn a bachelor's degree in just 60 additional credit hours. 


Students admitted to programs in the College of Health and Human Sciences (including pre-law and pre-nursing) are encouraged to live in one of the college’s Living Learning Communities (LLCs).  The CHHS LLCs bring together students with similar academic and professional aspirations. Faculty and staff coordinate events and activities throughout the year, providing opportunities for residents to connect outside of the classroom. Some of the specialized topics covered are internships, scholarships, emerging technology, industry developments, clinical rotations, and relevant volunteer and community service opportunities. For more information about CHHS LLC’s contact University Housing or one of the College of Health and Human Sciences Recruitment and Retention Coordinators.


The College of Health and Human Sciences Academic Associates serve as peer student leaders for CHHS undergraduate students.  Under the supervision of the college recruitment and retention coordinators, Academic Associates assist with both academic and non-academic student concerns and issues.  CHHS Academic Associates can help with time management skills, academic planning, serve as liaisons between students and CHHS administration, and connect students with campus resources.  Academic Associate offices are located in the Health and Human Sciences Building Room 201. 


The first-year seminar (UNIV 101) supports the transition of first-year students as they enter SIU. The course is a 1-credit hour equivalent course and required of all new SIU students. In UNIV 101, students learn what it means to be a Saluki by exploring the richness of our history and campus traditions. Upon completion of UNIV 101, students are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and behaviors critical for academic and career success.


A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

B.S. in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

B.S. in Health Care Management is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

B.S. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

B.S. in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service is accredited through the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

B.S. in Paralegal Studies is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

B.S. in Public Safety Management is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

B.S. in Radiological Sciences

  • Specialization in Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Computed Tomography is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
  • Specialization in Radiation Therapy Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
  • Specialization in Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).

B.S. in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

College of Health and Human Sciences

Scott Collins, Interim Dean