Feb 27, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Sciences (B.S.)

44 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Departmental Requirements (27 hours)

Additional Major Requirements (17 hours)


Please contact the School of Health Sciences (605-658-6500) if you have questions.


  • Minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken from USD.
  • Maximum of 90 transfer credit hours may be applied to the degree.

Fast Track Health Sciences, B.S. Clincial Studies specialization to Occupational Therapy, O.T.D. [3+3 accelerated program]

The 3+3 accelerated program allows qualified students enrolled in the B.S. in Health Sciences plus Clincial Studies specializaton program at the University of South Dakota (USD) to begin the USD Occupational Therapy doctorate program (OTD) early as a senior and use the first year of OTD coursework to complete their bachelor’s degree. The program allows the student to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and OTD in six years rather than seven, saving time and money. The B.S. in Health Sciences. with Clinical Studies specialization is an approved 3+3 arrangement with Occupational Therapy.


  • Meeting all requirements does not guarantee admission to USD Occupational Therapy, O.T.D. All students must apply and be considered on the merits of their applications.
  • The student will complete 100 hours by the end of the 3rd year towards the undergraduate degree.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.