Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Exploratory Health Sciences Meta Major

2-Year Academic Map 2021-2022

The Exploratory Health Sciences Meta-Major provides students the opportunity to explore a diversity of health science programs leading to rewarding careers. This meta-major allows students to investigate career pathways prior to selection of a major. The meta-major is designed to fulfill most general education requirements within the first two years. Students planning to apply to the BSN in Nursing are advised to declare the Exploratory Health Science Meta-Major.

This is a sample academic plan for students entering on the 2021-2022 catalog. Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to registration to formulate their own plan. Please tap the button following each course to view course description and prerequisites or see the UH Hilo Catalog for more course information.

Year 1: Fall Semester

Course Credit
ENG 100 (FW: Written Communication) 3
Elective (Rec: IS 110 See note 1) 1
FQ: Quantitative Reasoning (Rec: MATH 115 ) 3
PSY 100 (DS: Social Science I) 3
One course in COM at the 100- or 200-level 3
DS: Social Science II 3
Credits 16

Year 1: Spring Semester

Course Credit
BIOL 243 3
BIOL 243L 1
CHEM 141 (DP: Physical Science) 3
DA, DH or DL: Arts, Humanities, Literature I 3
PSY 320 3
GQR: Quantitative Reasoning (Rec: MATH 100 See note 2) 3
Credits 16

Year 2: Fall Semester

Course Credit
BIOL 275 (DB: Biological Science) 3
BIOL 275L (DY: Science Laboratory) 1
BIOL 244 3
BIOL 244L 1
NURS 375 3
ANTH 205 (FGB: Global Multicultural Perspectives) 3
Credits 14

Year 2: Spring Semester

Course Credit
KES 202 See note 1 3
NURS 203 3
NURS 348 3
FGA or FGC: Global Multicultural Perspectives 3
GL: Language Arts 3
DA, DH or DL: Arts, Humanities, Literature II 3
Credits 18

Year 3 and Year 4

2-year plan that prepares students to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or declare into the following majors upon completion of year 1 and 2 courses: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science--Health Promotions Track, or the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Healthcare Management, or the Liberal Studies Degree.


  1. Courses are not Nursing application requirements.
  2. MATH 100 is a prerequisite for NURS 203 General Pharmacology to be taken in Year 1 Spring and is highly recommended that students take this course to fulfill the GQR requirement.